Rift between Prince Harry and Prince William 'will take some time to heal' says royal biographer

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  • With Harry and Meghan's exit from the royal firm making headlines, so too has the Duke of Sussex's rift with the Duke of Cambridge.
  • Royal biographer, Omid Scobie, says the brothers haven't spoken since January.
  • Harry and Meghan's abrupt exit from the royal firm only made things worse, according to the royal reporter.


For months royal fans have speculated that the once-close Prince Harry and Prince William had drifted apart. But it wasn't until the ITV documentary of Harry and Meghan's tour of Africa in 2019, that it was confirmed.

In an interview with Tom Bradby, Harry said: "Inevitably stuff happens... As brothers, we have good days, and we have bad days."

Now, in a new interview, royal reporter, Omid Scobie, whose just released his new book on Harry and Meghan's exit, said the rift "will take some time to heal".

Speaking to True Royalty TV, he said Harry and Meghan's exit made things worse, reports People.

"The brothers had not spoken since around the time of the Sandringham summit," he said of the meeting the royals had in January to discuss a way forward for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

"I think really where it went wrong for Harry and Meghan and the Cambridges was that decision to go public with the road map to their new working model.

"The statements weren't discussed internally. That's really what caused the most amount of hurt to William, because he wears two hats. He's not just the brother, he's also future king — and he felt that damaged the reputation of the family. That it put family business out into the public domain when it should've been discussed privately."

He added: "Hurt continues to this day."

In Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family, Omid, along with co-author Carolyn Durand, document how William and Kate also contributed to the Sussex's decision to leave the institution.

Meghan and Kate "were not at war with each other" though they did have a few "awkward moments" – and "Kate did little to bridge the divide," they write.

Harry, on the other hand, felt "unprotected" by the royal family.

William's advice to Harry to "take as much time as you need to get to know this girl" and not to be "blindsided by lust" only made things worse. Harry felt referring to Meghan as "this girl" was "snobbish and condescending".      

READ MORE | New book reveals how William and Kate contributed to Harry and Meghan's royal exit

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