Prince William is mourning the collapse of his relationship with his brother Harry, his friends have revealed.
The extent of the explosive rift is exposed in highly revealing Daily Mail interviews with sources who know William well.
They say relations between the once-close couple are still at rock bottom — with little chance of improvement in the near future.
“William alternates between mourning what he has lost and being very angry about what his brother has done,” an insider said.
“He really loves Harry and feels like he’s lost the only person other than his wife who understood this strange life of theirs. But he believes there are things you just don’t do. And Harry has exceeded that limit 100 percent.”
William also feels that Harry has “disrespected the Queen and their family,” a friend said.
Sources close to second in line to the throne – who will celebrate his milestone 40th birthday next week – reveal that while William once railed against his future, he is now more at peace with himself than ever before.
His marriage to Kate is strong and fatherhood has given him a satisfaction beyond his dreams.
Even his relationship with his father, Prince Charles, which has been very fierce over the years, is more harmonious than it has been since his early teens.
A close friend said: “He just loves being a father and having a solid family around him. Having children always puts things into perspective, and doubly so for him.
“No matter what happens ‘at work’, he needs to go home and be a ‘normal’ person for the sake of his children, making him more at peace with the reality of his other life.”
Another added of him and Kate: “They honestly couldn’t be happier as a couple. You won’t get any cigarette paper in between.
“They are so close, just inseparable. When you speak to William, he is actually quite puritanical in his attitude when he talks about his parents’ marriage and what went wrong.
“It has had a huge impact on the way he approached his own relationship with Catherine and why it took so long for him to settle down. He wanted it to be with the right person and… [for it to last] forever. William is still very protective of his wife. The way he sees it, she is just as important to the institution as he is. He has genuine admiration for the way she just dug in and held on to her heels.”
Yet his strained relationship with his brother inevitably comes into play.
Obviously they have a long way to go before they can even start to ease the bad blood between them.
Matters are complicated by the prospect of Harry’s memoir coming out later this year as part of a multimillion-dollar deal that will “continue to throw dust in the face of the family”.
When asked if they thought William would ever reconnect with Harry, a friend said, “That’s a tough question to answer. The truth is that at some point they have to find common ground again. But William is also very principled and thinks Harry has crossed a line.
“He gets accusation after accusation, knowing that silence is the only option for the family, as they don’t want to be dragged into public name-calling. He sees how upset his father has been over all of this, and it hurts.
“William is definitely allergic to drama, but Harry has arranged for their family laundry to be broadcast worldwide.”
William is still angry with his wife, who he says was “massively disrespected” by Meghan when she claimed in an interview with Oprah Winfrey last year that Kate made her cry before her wedding – not the other way around – and that Kate brought her flowers in apology.
“Despite many provocations, both William and Catherine have tried to keep the peace, more than anyone will ever realize,” said a source.
Another said: “Make no mistake, he is angry. He thinks Harry has not respected the Queen and their family.”
Some members of William’s circle say he remains “protective” of his younger brother and “will keep the door open for him forever”.
One said: “Harry was always concerned about life within the royal family and in hindsight the pressure placed on him and William from living and working together as a sort of dynamic duo put a huge strain on their relationship. They had no room to breathe. But Meghan made it complicated.”
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