Prince Harry Finally Addressed The Rumors About His Changing Relationship With William

For almost their whole lives, Prince William and Prince Harry have functioned as a unit. Not long after Harry became a married man, however, rumors started to spread that the two royal brothers had fallen out. But was there any truth to the whispers? Eventually, Harry himself decided to address the problem and speak out – and the interview sent fans of the royals into a frenzy.

To some, it may seem surprising that Harry and William were ever that close to begin with. Royal history is packed full of tales of feuding brothers, after all. For instance, it’s been suggested that the Duke of Windsor – who was Queen Elizabeth’s uncle and formerly King Edward VIII – once became embroiled in a secret Nazi scheme that would remove his sibling King George VI and ultimately see the Duke of Windsor reclaim the throne.

And tales from William and Harry’s childhood imply that the two were, perhaps unintentionally, raised as an heir and a spare. In fact, according to royal biographer Ingrid Seward, the Queen Mother in particular favored William, knowing that one day he would be the future king. But Princess Diana apparently worked hard to ensure that Harry didn’t feel as though he was second best.

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Tragically, though, in 1997 Diana suddenly died in a motor vehicle accident, and the two boys were left motherless. And the harrowing experience seemingly brought them together like nothing else could. In a 2017 clip which was published by Kensington Palace, William said, “We are uniquely bonded because of what we’ve been through. But even Harry and I over the years have not talked enough about our mother.”

As an adult, Harry revealed that the loss of Diana sent him into a mental health spiral. But he also mentioned that his brother had helped him to get through it. After a long period of forcing himself to feel nothing, Harry finally went to a therapist – after William helped to persuade him to get the assistance he needed, that is.

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So when Harry married actress Meghan Markle in May 2018, William naturally was his best man. William’s two oldest children – George and Charlotte – served as a page boy and a bridesmaid, respectively. And the wedding itself appeared to be a joyous occasion. But in time rumors about the royals started to spark.

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After the wedding, you see, Meghan became pregnant. And then it was announced that the newlyweds would be moving away from their home in the grounds of Kensington Palace, which is in close proximity to William and Kate’s family home. Instead, they would go and live Frogmore Cottage – a more spacious property, despite its name. But many rumors developed from there.

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First, the media began reporting that Meghan and William’s wife, Kate, didn’t care for each other. In 2018 The Sun reported that a palace source said the two duchesses had fought about the royals’ staff, for instance. The insider reportedly claimed, “Meghan can be difficult. She has very high standards and is used to working in a Hollywood environment.”

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And to make matters worse, it was reportedly claimed by a person who spoke to The Daily Telegraph that Meghan had made Kate cry before the royal wedding took place. According to the alleged insider, a fitting for Charlotte’s bridesmaid dress had become “stressful.” Eventually, Kate – who’d had her third child just weeks beforehand – apparently left the room openly crying.

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But after these developments came a major twist in the tale. Journalist Katie Nicholl – who is the royal correspondent for Vanity Fair – suddenly came out with a revelation that concerned a brewing feud between two different royals: William and Harry. She even stated that a friend of both princes had been in contact with her about the origin of their quarrel.

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According to Nicholl’s alleged source, “Harry felt William wasn’t rolling out the red carpet for Meghan and told him so. They had a bit of a fall out which was only resolved when Charles stepped in and asked William to make an effort.” And while both sets of royals were seen together in the wake of this alleged argument, it appeared that there were still undercurrents of ill-feeling between the brothers.

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And 2019 brought with it yet more salacious stories centered around the two princes and their wives. In February, for instance, TLC released a documentary called Kate v. Meghan: Princesses at War? that Nicholls appeared in. She said, “William was quite concerned that the relationship [between Harry and Meghan] had moved so quickly.”

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“And [as William is] close to Harry, [he was] probably the only person close enough to say to Harry, ‘This seems to be moving quickly, are you sure?’” Nicholls went on. “I think what was meant as well-intended brotherly advice just riled Harry. Harry is hugely protective of Meghan. He saw that as criticism. He interpreted that as his brother not really being behind this marriage, this union. And I don’t think things have been quite right ever since.”

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But there was more salacious gossip in the documentary, too. According to Emily Andrews – the royal reporter for tabloid newspaper The Sun – Harry had an over-the-top reaction to William’s questioning. Yes, she claimed that the younger prince “went ballistic and said, ‘You’re trying to wreck this relationship before it’s even started.’”

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And in 2019 filmmaker Nick Bullen spoke to Fox News about what he knew of the royals. He claimed that it had always been William and Harry feuding, but the media had played up the idea that it was Kate and Meghan. He said, “Let’s have these two super glamorous women – one British, one American. One an actress, one sort of an English rose. Let’s put them against each other… that’s the sexy sort of media story.”

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“It’s actually William and Harry [that] have had a rift,” Bullen then claimed. “All brothers fall out. All families fall out. Their fallout at the moment is becoming public… I think people don’t want to think about that with these two boys.” The two princes are, after all, the only children of a beloved princess.

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The filmmaker then said, “These are two boys who lost their mother at a really early age… [The] fairytale is that they are closer than ever and need each other. And I think that’s probably true. But equally, they are two grown men in their 30s, starting their own families, [they have] different wives – they are moving to different parts of the country [with] different duties.”

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But in that same month, a man called Dickie Arbiter – one-time press secretary to Queen Elizabeth II herself – gave an interview to Us Weekly. And it seemed to contradict some of the rumors that have swirled around the two royals. Yes, he said the reported feud was “all based on Harry and Meghan moving out of Kensington Palace to move into Windsor.”

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Arbiter went on, “Harry has decided that he wants to set up his own office, which is fair enough. While he was single, he was living in his comfort zone with his brother and his sister-in-law. But now he’s married, he’s creating his own comfort zone with his wife, and it just makes sense. You can’t have a small staff running the offices of two people. Harry is now moving on and setting up his own office. Nothing unusual in that.”

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And on May 6, 2019, Harry became a father. Yes, he and Meghan welcomed their first child – a boy named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor – into the world. According to a statement released by the palace at the time, a number of the royals – including William and Kate – had “been informed and [were] delighted with the news.”

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A couple of days after Archie was born, William and Kate attended the King’s Cup Regatta and were asked about little Archie. William stated that they were “obviously looking forward to seeing them in the next few days when things have quietened down.” And, more jokingly, he said, “I’m very pleased and glad to welcome my own brother into the sleep deprivation society that is parenting.”

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And baby Archie appeared – according to the media at least – to assuage any grievances that the brothers had felt. In June 2019 Nicholl told Entertainment Tonight, “It’s absolutely the case that the brothers did fall out. I was told by a very senior royal source that actually they weren’t talking to each other at one point. I certainly think now that Archie is here, it has probably really helped to improve the relationship. William is over the moon that his brother is a dad.”

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As for Kate and Meghan, apparently there was no bad blood between them whatsoever. Nicholls told Entertainment Tonight, “I hear that Kate has made herself available to Meghan if she needs advice, if she needs any help, and Kate said to her, ‘I’m here. I’m here for you.’” So there was no feud between the two women at all, it seems.

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William and Kate attended Archie’s christening in July. But the month after that marked a sad occasion: the anniversary of Diana’s passing. The media reported that regardless of any past arguments, Harry and William would spend the day together to fondly remember their mother and all that she did for them.

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Finally, in October Harry broke his silence about the apparent rift when journalist Tom Bradby interviewed the prince for the ITV documentary Harry and Meghan: An African Journey. And Bradby posed a difficult question to the prince, saying, “There’s been a lot of talk in the press about rifts with your brother – how much of that is true?”

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Harry gave us an answer, replying, “Part of this role, part of this job, this family, being under the pressure which it’s under – inevitably stuff happens. But we are brothers. We will always be brothers. We are certainly on different paths at the moment, but I will always be there for him… as I know he will always be there for me.”

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The prince went on, “We don’t see each other as much as we used to, as we are so busy. But I love him dearly, and you know the majority of the stuff is probably – well, the majority of the stuff is created out of nothing. But as brothers, you have good days, and you have bad days.”

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Meghan was also interviewed for the documentary, and she indicated that she wasn’t dealing well with royal life. When the duchess was asked how she was handling the scrutiny, for instance, she answered, “In all honesty, I have said for a long time to H – that is what I call him – it’s not enough to just survive something. That’s not the point of life. You have got to thrive.”

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And after the documentary had aired, William apparently wasn’t too happy about it. At first, rumors swirled that he had been angered by his brother’s words. But according to the BBC, an insider from Kensington Palace allegedly told the broadcasting corporation that William was actually feeling “worried.” The palace itself had no official response to the interview.

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Yet an anonymous royal insider apparently told E! Online that there was “a lot of bemusement within the royal family about what exactly Harry and Meghan are trying to achieve… [As] members of the royal family do not usually speak in such detail about personal matters.” They went on, “It’s fair to say that there is a deep sense of unease in the royal households about the direction this is all headed.”

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And Harry’s admissions in the documentary sparked waves of speculation online. At the beginning of November another source that was apparently close to the royals told Us Weekly, “There’s always been a part of Harry that felt like he was living in his brother’s shadow. He doesn’t envy the responsibility that comes with being the future king of England. But William’s the ‘golden boy,’ and Harry feels like he has a lot to live up to.”

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Later in November People magazine quoted a source who reportedly said, “There is a lot of hurt, and a lot of unresolved issues between the boys and no one to help mediate… Petty grievances can become huge conflicts between all the different royal offices if they aren’t managed correctly – and that’s exactly what’s happening now.”

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There were also rumors at this point that Prince Charles – Harry and William’s father – wasn’t helping matters. New Idea magazine reported, for instance, that “Charles speaks to Meghan most weeks to see how she’s doing, [but] he rarely picks up the phone to call Kate.” And this supposed preferential treatment was apparently “rubbing William up the wrong way.”

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As Christmas drew closer, it transpired that Harry and Meghan would not be indulging in festivities with the rest of the royal family at Sandringham. Instead, they would be going to Los Angeles to see Meghan’s mom Doria Ragland, whom the actress is very close to. So was this all perfectly normal – or instead another sign of a royal feud?

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Well, because royal Christmases are carefully scheduled and protocol-laden events, Harry actually had to ask the Queen for permission to go to the States first – and she agreed. The palace even issued a statement which referred to the matter. It read, “This decision is in line with precedent set previously by other members of the Royal Family and has the support of Her Majesty The Queen.”

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Apparently, according to a source who spoke to Closer Weekly, William and Kate were “relieved.” But not for the reasons that one might presume. William wasn’t glad he wouldn’t have to see his brother at Christmas, you see, but rather happy that Harry and Meghan were having some time away from the public eye.

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In December Victoria Arbiter – the daughter of Dickie and 9Honey’s royal correspondent – talked about how the royal children could potentially help heal any apparent feud. She said, “Royal cousins have long shared very special relationships. I think the Cambridges are going to want their children to know Archie really well – and for them to develop the lovely warm relationships that Harry and William have with their cousins.”

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The younger Arbiter said that the two duchesses could actually help improve matters, too. She explained, “I think both Meghan and Kate, they are both girls that have a lot of good girlfriends – clearly girl relationships are important to them. They’re both nurturing, they’re caretakers [and] they’re warm people at their core.”

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The royal expert went on, “And I would imagine, behind the scenes, both Meghan and Kate are sort of wanting to bash their husbands’ heads together and say, ‘Okay, let’s move past this now. Because we are such a force for good when we’re all working together.’ Kate and Meghan are probably trying to [instil] a little bit of common sense in the brothers – let’s put it that way.”

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It remains to be seen where Harry and William’s relationship will go from here, though. Perhaps William will one day speak out about the matter in the same way that his brother did. But Harry’s words were far from condemnatory, and he made it clear that he loved his older sibling – no matter what. So hopefully no disagreement will truly be able to rip them apart.

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As these latest rumors seem to prove, then, the public can’t get enough of William and Harry’s relationship. But despite all their intentions, the pair try to keep their lives as private as possible, rarely giving interviews. Over the years, only a few tidbits have leaked out about what the brothers are really like away from the cameras – and they may change your view of the two royals.

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40. William and Harry have secret step-siblings

Though this fact often goes forgotten, Harry and William are step-brothers to the adult children of their step-mother, Camilla Parker Bowles. They are Tom Parker Bowles, a food journalist, and Laura Lopes, who co-founded the Eleven Fine Art gallery in London. Both of them keep a fairly low profile, especially the latter.

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39. Both princes have several middle names

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It’s royal tradition for children to be given more than one middle name, and for them to reference previous royals. So Prince William’s full name is William Arthur Philip Louis – the names of his grandfather and his third child are both in there. Prince Harry’s is Henry Charles Albert David. Yep, “Harry” is a nickname.

38. Diana organized her royal schedule around her sons

Princess Diana was determined to be a hands-on mother to her two children. She made sure that her royal work didn’t get in the way of being a mom, and sometimes even took William and Harry to school by herself. And although having a nanny was inevitable, she made sure it was one she picked, not the royal family.

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37. Both unwillingly walked behind Diana’s coffin

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It was an image that transfixed the whole world – Diana’s young sons walking behind her coffin at her funeral. But neither prince wanted to be there. In 2017 William informed the Daily Express that the funeral was “one of the hardest things I have ever done.” Harry, meanwhile, told Newsweek, “I don’t think any child should be asked to do that, under any circumstances. I don’t think it would happen today.”

36. The princes were taught to pick up trash

Prince Charles taught his sons the importance of cleaning up the environment whenever they went on holiday. In the 2018 documentary Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70, William remembered, “We were there with our spikes, stabbing the rubbish into black plastic bags. We both just thought: ‘Oh, well, this is perfectly normal, everyone must do it.’”

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35. William and Harry love cake

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Apparently, both William and Harry adore sweet desserts, a trait they might get from their cake-loving grandmother. William likes chocolate biscuit cake so much he had one made as the “groom’s cake” for his wedding to Kate Middleton. And Harry reportedly loves banana caramel cake, and banana-flavored treats in general.

34. William didn’t necessarily want to be King

William always knew he would take the throne one day, and it seems Harry didn’t mind reminding him. According to one slightly sad story, the older sibling once told Diana that, in order to protect her, he’d decided to become a police officer. Harry then piped up with, “Oh, no you can’t. You’ve got to be King.” Now William’s son George apparently wants to be a cop too… But he’ll also be king one day.

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33. Both princes are godparents

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In addition to being parents, William and Harry are both godparents to various children. Harry is the godfather to at least five kids, including the daughter of Zara Tindall, his cousin. Prince Constantine-Alexios of Greece has William as his godfather. But neither brother is godparent to the other one’s kids – it’s not royal tradition.

32. Either prince could fly you in a helicopter

Flying a helicopter is not easy, but both princes can do it. William trained with the RAF and Harry with the AAC, and they were successful. The former has served as a search-and-rescue and an air ambulance pilot. His younger brother, meanwhile, flew Apache helicopters in Afghanistan and was eventually promoted to commander.

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31. Diana made sure her boys never got special treatment

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In 1993, Diana took William and Harry for a day trip to British attraction Thorpe Park. The royal family were photographed there, of course, but she was determined that, aside from official trips, the boys would be treated like normal children. They went on several rides and waited in line for every one of them.

30. William doesn’t watch The Crown, but Harry might

Netflix’s The Crown, a lavish production about the life of Queen Elizabeth II and her family, is very popular. The princes, though, may have differing opinions on the show. Olivia Colman, who plays the older monarch, once reported that she spoke to William about it. He then told the actor that he didn’t watch the series. But according to royal expert Katie Nicholl, Harry does, alongside Meghan Markle.

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29. Both princes are fighting climate change

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Harry and William are both putting in effort to improve the planet. While touring southern Africa in September 2019, Harry gave a speech about the possibility of a “very troubling world.” He then helped plant trees in Chobe National Park. The same month, William helped launch a research ship, the RSS David Attenborough, which will gather data about climate change in the polar region.

28. They give each other gag gifts for Christmas

Perhaps you wonder what the royals, people who have everything, give each other for Christmas? Apparently they buy only joke presents. Harry once got his grandmother, the actual queen, a shower cap with “Ain’t Life a B****” on it. We can only imagine what sorts of hilarious presents the brothers might get for each other, especially since Kate allegedly once bought Harry a “Grow Your Own Girlfriend Kit.”

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27. They released a documentary about Princess Diana

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August 2017 marked the 20th anniversary of Diana’s untimely death. And her sons wanted to do something to mark it. So, they made a documentary about her, titled Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy. During the film, William said, “Part of the reason why Harry and I want to do this is because we feel we owe it to her… We feel we at least owe her, 20 years on, to stand up for her name and remind everybody of the character and person that she was.”

26. Harry’s probably not the only playboy

Harry has always had a reputation as a “party prince” – remember the naked shenanigans in Las Vegas? But there’s rumors that William might have in his youth been very much the same. He was, it seems, just better at keeping it quiet. In 2007 an alleged friend of the Middletons told the Daily Mail that William “has always had a roving eye, far more so than Harry, who is meant to be the family playboy.” It might have been Kate who turned him off partying.

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25. Both princes want their children to be raised normally

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William and Harry are both parents now, and they want their children to be raised the way they were. Which means as normally as possible. William takes Prince George to school the same way his mother took him. And Harry was so determined his son Archie would have an ordinary life, he decided not to give him a royal title.

24. The young princes got to meet their crushes

Diana used her connections in the celebrity world to help, and possibly embarrass, a young William. When she found out her son was sweet on Cindy Crawford, she arranged for the supermodel to visit Kensington Palace and dine with them. And as for Prince Harry, he got to meet the Spice Girls – and Nelson Mandela – while traveling with his father in Johannesburg. But judging by the photos, the 13-year-old was most excited about the Spice Girls.

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23. Harry threw William a huge stag party

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Apparently, before William wed Kate Middleton, he had one last massive party thrown for him by Harry. It took place at Hartland Abbey, a former monastery, but some very un-monk-like drinking games went on. When asked by the media for details, St. James’s palace simply said, “It was an entirely private event and we don’t intend to make any further comment.”

22. Neither prince ought to eat seafood

It may not be an official rule as such, but apparently the royal family generally shy away from eating seafood because of the risk of food poisoning. An upset stomach while traveling could be disastrous, which means shellfish especially are right out. However, Prince William has admitted to enjoyed sushi in the past, so maybe he’s rebelling.

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21. The princes get on well with Camilla

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Harry and William obviously loved their mother Diana, but they have a stepmother, too, Camilla. And of course, she was the woman their father cheated on their mom with. Yet, despite everything, the princes don’t seem to dislike the now-Duchess of Cornwall. According to The Real Camilla director Juliet Rice, who spoke to the Daily Express in 2019, “William and Harry adore her.”

20. Diana took her sons to meet people in need

Princess Diana very much believed in helping people more in need than she was. As a result, she made sure to instill that sense of responsibility in her sons as well. She took William and Harry with her when she went to homeless shelters and also on visits to AIDs patients, as she had already demonstrated to the world that the condition wasn’t spread through non-sexual contact.

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19. The princes do have a surname to use

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Most of the time, William and Harry are referred to as “Prince William,” and “Prince Harry.” Or, more formally as “The Duke of Cambridge” and “The Duke of Sussex.” While they attended school and the military, however, the brothers used the surname “Wales” – as their father Charles is, of course, the Prince of Wales. They were reportedly the first royals to do this.

18. The Queen reportedly favored William

According to royal experts, the Queen gave William all the attention when both boys were children; he was heir to the throne after all. Unfortunately, this left poor Harry very much out in the cold. Diana of course hated this, and went out of her way to give her second son extra love.

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17. William and Harry both love sports

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Many royals enjoy sports – the Queen herself loves horse-riding – and the princes are no exception. William is one of England Rugby Football Union’s patrons and has taken his kids to watch football games. And in 2014 Harry set up an entire sporting competition, the Invictus Games, for wounded soldiers.

16. Harry wasn’t as academic as William

If you’re a royal, unfortunately you’re expected to share your exam results with the world. For William’s A-levels, he got a B in art and A in geography – he would later study the subject at St. Andrew’s University. Harry, though, didn’t have quite the same passion for the subject, getting only a D. But he also passed art with a B.

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15. Diana encouraged play-fighting

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Such was Diana’s devotion to making sure her sons got an ordinary life that she didn’t mind if they fought sometimes. According to former protection officer Ken Wharfe, told the Evening Standard in 2012, “William and Harry were such fun-loving children. They loved to play-fight and when they hit each other they meant it… But Diana encouraged it. She thought it was good for them to just be boys.”

14. Both princes witnessed their wives give birth

For a long time, it was a big royal no-no to have a husband present in the delivery room. But the brothers thoroughly put that tradition to rest. For all three of the Cambridge children, William was at the hospital to welcome them into the world. And when Meghan Markle gave birth to their son, Archie, Harry was there.

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13. The princes were almost in Star Wars

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While Star Wars: The Last Jedi was being filmed, William and Harry got to tour the set. They seemed to have a wonderful time, but best of all they got to appear in a scene. They were under Stormtrooper helmets, so no one would have known who they were. Sadly, though, the scene got cut in the end.

12. Kate’s engagement ring from William has a history

When Kate Middleton agreed to marry William in 2010, she was given a stunning engagement ring which had once belonged to Diana. However, in the past, her younger son had also owned it. After their mother passed away, the boys were allowed to choose things from her jewellery collection. Harry picked the ring and the older sibling a watch. But they later switched the pieces around, and William was able to propose to Kate with his mother’s ring.

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11. The princes loved fast food

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Growing up, William and Harry were obsessed with fast food’s. Darren McGrady, former chef to the family, told The Mirror in 2019, “The boys loved McDonald’s, going out [for] pizza, and having potato skins – sort of the American foods. They were royal princes but had children’s palates.” They also loved getting the toys which came with kid’s meals.

10. They support different football teams

Supporting opposing soccer teams can be a big deal, but luckily it doesn’t seem to have torn William and Harry apart. The former is a fan of Aston Villa, and goes to a lot of their matches. The latter, on the other hand, favors Arsenal, and apparently the majority of the royal family also do.

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9. The princes still continue Diana’s work

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Princes William and Harry are determined to continue supporting the same charities and projects their mother once did. As a result, in 2005 William became patron of homeless charity Centrepoint, whose shelters Diana used to take him to. And in 2019 Harry went to Angola and trod the path his mom had once taken through a minefield.

8. They both had fairly ordinary schooling

Before William came along, royal children were educated at the palace. But Diana wasn’t having that for her son, and so she sent him to nursery school instead. As for Harry, he also attended pre-school, and unfortunately ended up having an even more down-to-earth experience. Apparently, the young prince was bullied.

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7. William helped Harry get mental health help

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In 2017 Harry revealed to The Telegraph that he had sought help for mental health problems over the years. After a period of “total chaos,” he said, eventually William persuaded him to go to therapy by telling him, “Look, you really need to deal with this. It is not normal to think that nothing has affected you.” Thanks to Harry’s admission, mental health charities received a swell of calls.

6. The Queen protected the boys after Diana’s death

Britain went into a state of grief and uproar after Diana died. In the 2017 documentary Diana, 7 Days, William told the filmmakers “At the time, you know, my grandmother wanted to protect her two grandsons, and my father as well. Our grandmother deliberately removed the newspapers and things like that, so there was nothing in the house at all. So we didn’t know what was going on.”

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5. They would torment their bodyguards

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Despite William and Harry’s royal blood, they weren’t always well-behaved as children. In the documentary film Harry at 30, former bodyguard Ken Wharfe remembered a time when the princes were given water pistols. He explained, “They said ‘Let’s fill them with water and get the policemen,’ and I said ‘No, you are not doing that.’” But they did anyway.

4. Harry wasn’t technically William’s best man

Although everyone believes Harry was best man at William’s wedding, he wasn’t. Why? Because royal weddings don’t actually have them. Instead, they have “supporters.” And apparently, according to royal experts, the heir broke protocol by even asking. Still, everyone was happy, so did it really matter?

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3. Neither prince gets along with the press

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Seeing as how Diana was fleeing from the paparazzi when her car crashed and killed her, it’s perfectly understandable that her sons dislike the media. William reportedly waited so long to propose to Kate because he was afraid of the press intrusion. And Harry goes much further – in 2004, he allegedly threw a punch at a photographer.

2. Both are haunted by their last conversation with their mother

On the night Diana died, she called home to see how her sons were doing. Of course, none of them had any idea what would happen that night, and the brothers behaved as children do on the phone, wanting to hang up and play instead. In the 2017 documentary Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy, both princes remembered that evening. Harry said, “Looking back on it now, it’s incredibly hard.”

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18. William enjoys yoga

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At the Audi Polo Challenge in 2016, William warmed up with some yoga – while wearing jeans. The cameras recorded every moment, however, and the duke looked like he was having fun. The guy behind him, though, got a sudden close-up of the royal rear.

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