Prince Harry Believes Relationship With William Would Thrive if Diana Were Alive
Prince Harry has revealed that he believes his strained relationship with his brother, Prince William, would be significantly better if
Prince Harry has revealed that he believes his strained relationship with his brother, Prince William, would be significantly better if their mother, Princess Diana, were still alive. The Duke of Sussex shared this sentiment during promotions for his memoir, “Spare,” which was released earlier this year and delves into his personal life and experiences within and beyond Kensington Palace.
In a candid interview on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” Prince Harry disclosed a physical altercation that occurred between him and Prince William in 2019. The tensions surrounding the media scrutiny faced by his wife, Meghan Markle, seemed to escalate, surpassing the limits of mere words. Reflecting on their relationship, Prince Harry acknowledged that if Princess Diana had not tragically passed away when they were young, their brotherly bond would have never deteriorated to its current state.
The untimely death of Princess Diana, at the age of 36, deeply impacted the brothers, with William aged 15 and Harry aged 12 at the time. Beyond the highly publicized funeral, they have faced numerous controversies together, leading to disagreements surrounding the royal institution. As Harry took a more critical stance towards the monarchy, tensions with his future king brother escalated, resulting in an ongoing royal feud.
The Strained Relationship between William and Harry
In recent years, the Duke of Sussex has been vocal about the strained relationship between him and Prince William. While “Spare” shed light on the origins of their public feud, their brotherhood had once been strong. Growing up, the Prince of Wales and his younger brother were close, finding solace in each other following the loss of their mother in 1997—a unique bond forged through shared grief and navigating their royal duties amidst the tragedy.
However, royal dynamics, combined with marital disagreements, have gradually eroded their brotherhood. In 2020, Harry and Meghan stepped back from their royal roles due to intense media scrutiny and lack of support from the monarchy. By choosing to relocate to California, Harry prioritized supporting his chosen family over the royal institution.
Further strains in their relationship were exposed during Harry and Meghan’s candid interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2021, where Harry criticized the royal institution. Since then, Harry has continued to share intimate details about life within Buckingham Palace, including the physical altercation, which William reportedly disapproves of. Sources have revealed that William was deeply upset by how he was portrayed in Harry’s memoir, considering it a breach of confidence.
Harry’s Ongoing Connection with Diana
Despite the irreparable rift in their relationship, Harry often turns to his late mother, Princess Diana, as a guiding presence in his life. Despite their differences, Harry reflects on moments shared with William at Diana’s grave following her passing. In his conversation with Colbert, Harry shared that William felt Diana’s presence for an extended period, guiding him in life, and now Harry feels her presence more strongly than ever.
When asked about how their mother might handle the current situation, Harry expressed that they wouldn’t have reached this point if she were still alive. While the exact outcome cannot be predicted, Harry firmly believes that the distance between him and his brother would not be as pronounced.
In a poignant revelation, Harry shared that he held onto the hope that his mother would return to save him and William after enduring the “unbearable” pressures of royal life.