When it comes the the British Royal Family, Prince Willam and Harry’s relationship have been relatively quiet until recently.
New information has come to light about what’s going on behind the scenes between them despite the royal brothers being frosty with each other.
According to bestselling author Christopher Andersen, William hasn’t been returning Harry’s phone calls for months.
Scroll down to find out the reason why.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ruffled a few Royal feather after speaking out on Oprah about how they were treated.
William & Harry – relationship
During the interview, Harry made several claims about his family, including one where he insisted his brother is trapped.
“The answer to your question is no, [I wouldn’t have left the Royal family],” Harry told Oprah.
“I wouldn’t have been able to because I myself was trapped, I didn’t see a way out. I was trapped, but I didn’t know I was trapped. But the moment that I met Meg, and our worlds collided in the most amazing of ways, and then [I began] to see how trapped within the system, like, the rest of my family are.
“My father and my brother, they are trapped,” Harry added. “They don’t get to leave, and I have huge compassion for that.”
Moreover, Meghan spoke about her mental health, and how she felt terrible during her time in England. She also revealed that she wasn’t helped through her anguish by the Firm.
Although Harry and William’s relationship had become strained prior to the interview things turned sour.
Both William and his wife Kate Middleton were outraged by the interview as Meghan revealed that Kate had made her cry during her wedding dress rehearsals.
At the same time, Harry was too outspoken for William’s taste – William is rumored to believe his brother chose “fame over family.”
William thought Harry was “too big for his boots”
Yet weeks after the Oprah interview, reports stated that William was willing to give Harry one more chance.
“William thinks Harry chose fame over family,” US Weekly’s Christina Garibaldi said.
“A source tells us that ‘William feels that Harry has got too big for his boots since moving to California and that success and Hollywood has gone to his head.’”
Harry and Meghan chose a different lifestyle after leaving the Royal Family commitments, and have agreed deals with Spotify and Netflix. They had no plans to stop divulging things despite the fallout from the Oprah interview.
The couple appeared in a number of other interviews, where Harry not only spoke about his struggles during a podcast as he shared his opinions on his upbringing.
Harry no longer wanted to be a part of the Firm
Harry doesn’t blame his father, but mentioned that Prince Charles handed down a “cycle” of “genetic pain and suffering.”
“I don’t think we should be pointing the finger or blaming anybody. But certainly when it comes to parenting, if I’ve experienced some form of pain or suffering because of the pain or suffering that perhaps my father or my parents had suffered, I’m going to make sure that I break that cycle so that I don’t pass it on basically,” Harry said.
“There’s a lot of genetic pain and suffering that gets passed on anyway, as parents we should be doing the most that we can to try and say ‘you know what that happened to me, I’m going to make sure that doesn’t happen to you.’”
Harry revealed how he wanted to leave the Royal Family in his early twenties because of how he saw his mother being treated prior to her death.
“Look what it did to my mum. How am I ever going to settle down and have a wife and a family when I know that it’s going to happen again,” Harry explained. “I don’t want to be part of this.”
Harry also mentions that he started therapy because “it was like the bubble was burst.”
William was “shocked” over Harry’s comments
“I was like, OK, you’re in this position of privilege, stop complaining or stop thinking as though you want something different, make this different. Because you can’t get out, so how are you going to do this differently? How are you going to make your mum proud? How are you going to use this platform to really affect change?” he added.
Harry’s revelations have caused problems with his family in the UK. Royal expert Nick Bullen said at the time that Prince William was “shocked by the number of things his brother has said over the last few weeks.”
Bullen also mentioned that William was likely to want “the relationship repaired” between himself and Harry despite their brotherly dynamic being “different” from the one between a father and his son.
“I’m sure the Royal Family and the various royal households just want a moment of calm and are saying, ‘Let’s not have any more headlines,’” Bullen said. “‘Let’s just have a period when no one’s speaking.’”
Prince William appears to be finished with all the nonsense regarding Harry and Meghan that occurred back in July.
According to royal expert Charlotte Griffiths, William “refused to take any more nonsense” from the couple.
She also claimed that a “new picture” was emerging, which suggests that William has been much tougher through the rift than previously thought.
Harry & Meghan – life today
“Most people thought the main blame for the fall-out was not Meghan, but instead the brothers themselves,” Griffiths states.
“A new picture is emerging that William is much tougher in this situation than we previously thought. He is very, very firm. He was much tougher behind the scenes very early on.”
She explained: “William had felt that the smoothing over hadn’t been working for quite a long time at that moment. He felt decisive action was needed, that he needed to play them at their own game.”
These days, Harry and Meghan are adjusting to settling down to their new life in California. The couple welcomed their second child, daughter Lilibet, and dedicate their time to new projects.
The couple still haven’t released any public photos of Lilibet. However during an appearance on Ellen DeGeneres, Meghan did give viewers some insight into how their family spent Halloween.
“We were home, and we saw you guys [Ellen DeGeneres and her wife Portia de Rossi], which was great, but we wanted to do something fun for the kids, and then the kids were just not into it at all,” Meghan recalled. “Archie was a dinosaur for maybe five minutes.”
“Not even five minutes,” Ellen asked. “It was not even five minutes,” Meghan said.
New details on the relationship emerge
The last few months have been mainly focused on the Queen Elizabeth, since was was having a tough time. Several trips and royal duties were cancelled due to health problems, however she seems to be back on her feet.
Prince Charles and son William have had to step up in her absence. Especially since Prince Philip passed earlier this year.
Charles and Harry’s relationship has been strained since he left the Royal Family. William, has taken Charles’ side as new details regarding the brothers were revealed.
In his book Brothers and Wives: Inside the Private Lives of William, Kate, Harry, and Meghan, bestselling author Christopher Andersen reveals that there is indeed bad blood remaining between the brothers.
William isn’t returning Harry’s phone calls
William took his fathers side instead of standing up for his brother during the fallout. “It’s really Charles and William versus Harry and Meghan,” Andersen explained.
“William is fiercely loyal to his father. He thinks his father is a great historical figure who has been underestimated. And he feels for his dad. They all love the Queen. But when you’re maybe going to be king when you’re almost 80 years old, it’s a sad position to be in. So William has been by his father’s side.”
William and Harry met for the first time since the Oprah interview when a statue of their mother, Princess Diana, was unveiled in London back in June. Many hoped the two brothers would make amends however nothing has changed.
The author claimed that William isn’t returning any of Harry’s phone calls and he hasn’t spoken to Charles at all.
During the interview with Oprah Winfrey, Harry and Meghan mentioned that a member of the Royal Family was concerned regarding the skin colour of their then-unborn son Archie.
“Innocent comment” by Prince Charles
“They wouldn’t reveal who it was. Harry later said the comment didn’t come from the Queen or Prince Philip. Well, I found that it was a very innocent comment made by Prince Charles,” Andersen claimed.
“He turned to Camilla and said, ‘I wonder what the kids are going to look like.’ “You know, hair color, eye color, complexion. It wasn’t racially motivated or anything. But the men in gray who run things behind the scenes at the palaces spun it into something more sinister-sounding,” he added.
“Harry was upset and asked Charles and William what was going on. They told him, ‘You’re overreacting; you’re being oversensitive. Let’s move on.’ And it just added fuel to the fire. There was a lot of tension already, and that just made it so much worse.”