For two whole weeks now, eyes all around the world have been focused on the "difficult relationship" between the duchesses, Meghan and Kate, as it unfolded. However, it seems that now the tension between the royal brothers, Harry and William, is actually the cause of the ice cold demeanors between the two young couples.
The Sun reported that after the news emerged that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan, were moving out of the Palace and into Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, it was revealed that the couple is doing so because "they don't want to live next door to William and Kate". The paper has now claimed that Harry accused his brother of trying to "wreck his relationship" with his wife after William spoke about some concerns he had over her.
The publication has also reported that the growing divide between the couples has become more intense as the Princes compete over Palace appointments. William was said to have been upset that Harry was given the role of youth ambassador for the Commonwealth. The brothers have always been close until now.
Sources in the Palace, however, still blame Meghan and claim that the problems between the brothers started when the former actress first appeared on the royal scene. Meghan was reported to have felt rejected by Kate when she tried to be friends with her sister-in-law. Harry's overprotectiveness of his wife and the fact that he can't be reasoned with, have been touted as the main reasons for the rift.
A source told the publication: "It’s my opinion that Harry feels he couldn’t protect his mother, so he’s going all out to protect his wife. This is his way of atoning. He will brook absolutely no criticism of Meghan — and he is so sensitive he often sees criticism or negativity where there isn’t any."
The first time there was a hint that trouble was brewing was when William was introduced to 37-year-old Meghan, when she stayed at Kensington Palace. Once she returned to her home in Canada, William sat his younger brother down to give him some brotherly advice. He knew that Harry was already madly in love with Meghan but just wanted him to take it slowly.
A source said: "William told his brother they knew nothing about her background, her intentions, what she was really like. He just wanted to stress that becoming part of the Royal Family is a massive undertaking and the pressure and scrutiny is unrelenting. Was Meghan the right one?" The talk didn't end up going as well as Willaim thought.
The source continued: "Harry went mental. He accused his brother of trying to finish his romance before it had begun. The brothers' relationship has not really recovered."
The Sun also found that there were also other senior members in the family who "had concerns" and told Harry about them. Another source told the publication: "A lot of people in the family objected. Who really knows what the concerns were? Was it Meghan’s background? Her father and dreadful half-sister? Because she was an outspoken American? Divorced? Harry stood up for Meghan very forcibly. He really loves her."
In February this year, the royal couples appeared on stage for the first time together so that they could talk about their Royal Foundation charitable work. Tina Daheley, the host, asked them if working together had caused any "disagreements".
Meghan immediately looked down and Kate started fiddling with her hair. This left William to answer and say: "Oh yes." Harry joked and said that there have already been so many fights that "they come so thick and fast".
When they were asked if any of the problems have been "resolved", William joked and said: "We don't know!". Meghan and Harry had started spending lesser and lesser time at the Palace after they occupied Cotswold farmhouse during that time. The brothers are also said to be splitting up their household next year and the staff will get to choose which Prince they would like to work for.