Will Prince Harry and William reunite? 'Rage and anger' between duo 'incredibly deep': Expert
All appeared well between the brothers in front of the camera, but a royal insider details that things were very different behind the scenes
Prince William and Harry's feud has captivated not just Britain, but the world. The two brothers have fallen out in a most dramatic fashion and it seems little can be done to unite them. You'd think the death of their grandfather would be one of those occasions where the two would be able to put their past behind them, but that wasn't the case. According to one insider, things behind the scenes were quite ugly.
We've extensively covered Harry and William at MEAWW and how they have fallen out. In March, for example, we reported how William was reportedly upset because Kate had been dragged into the feud by the press during a school engagement. After Prince Phillip's funeral, William reportedly snubbed a lunch Harry hosted for old friends in the UK. Robert Lacey's book 'Battle of the Brothers' also reported how claims that Meghan Markle's alleged bullying of the palace staff eventually led to the royal split.
But since then, we've heard reports of some peace offerings. Even if it was for the cameras, Harry and William did share a moment together at the Duke's funeral. So is there any hope that they can one day put all this past them?
The real story of the Duke's funeral
Lacey, who is a well-known historian and biographer has extensively documented the Royal family. Writing for The Mail on Sunday, he documented the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral, revealing a very different tale. In front of the cameras, it appeared as if the two brothers had put their differences aside. The two did walk behind the Duke's body at his funeral but had to be separated by Peter Phillips. They also reportedly had a meeting for two hours behind closed doors.
At the time, we did report that it was "unproductive", but the true extent of just how poor things were was revealed by Lacey in a June 25 article. "Some inching towards reconciliation seemed in progress, their watching friends dared to dream — as did the whole world. But those hopes were dashed within minutes of the siblings getting inside the castle and beyond camera vision. They started quarreling again," he wrote.
According to Lacey, "There they were, at each other's throats as fiercely as ever. The rage and anger between those two has grown so incredibly deep. Too many harsh and wounding things have been said." He also spilled cold water on the meeting, saying it never happened. According to him, it was "incorrectly reported by one newspaper." All this played out away from the cameras, so we had little idea until now. So does that mean there is no hope for reconciliation?
Will Harry and William ever reunite?
In Lacey's own words, "The conflict between Diana's two bitterly divided sons does not seem likely to end any time soon." However, that doesn't mean that all hope is lost. Friends and family of the two are constantly attempting to broker a truce, as is the Palace. Lacey reported that "there are several plans" behind engineered by the Palace to get the two back together. It's unclear what these plans entail, or who will take the lead. After all, the two have a wide range of close confidants from school and university friends, to members of the Armed Forces, royal mentors and aides and of course the Queen.
They will have another attempt to reconcile at the unveiling of Diana's funeral, which is reportedly a very private event. There are no reports yet of the two meeting anytime before or after the unveiling. Lacey has heard that Harry is interested in patching things up, "and is willing to admit some of the missteps he has made." If not now, they might have to do so soon. Reportedly, Harry and Meghan will be invited to the Queen's Silver Jubilee celebrations next year.
Only time will tell if the two can patch up, but for now, the situation is best represented by the title of the 1983 James Bond classic - 'Never Say Never Again'.