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A royal expert believes Prince William and Prince Harry will never have the same relationship they once had.
During an appearance on GBNews’ Dan Wootton Tonight on Thursday, Katie Nicholl, author of the new book on the British royal family, The New Royals — Queen Elizabeth’s Legacy and the Future of the Crown, claimed that the relationship between siblings are still strained despite a show of unity as they mourned the death of Queen Elizabeth II in recent days.
According to Vanity Fair’s royal editor, the new Prince of Wales “simply can’t forgive” his younger brother.
“He always thought Harry would be his wingman, now he’s on his own. Lucky he’s got Kate by his side,” Nicole told host Dan Wootton.
The royal expert also discussed claims in her book that the Queen was sad and exhausted in her final months due to drama within the royal family.
“The most interesting thing was how did Her Majesty feel about it all? We know she loved Harry. She was very close to Harry and they always had a close relationship,” Nicholl told Wootton of the bond the Duke of Sussex shared. with his grandmother. “She still took his call to the end. She always made time for him.”
In her new song, Nicholl claimed that Queen Elizabeth had confided in a friend her feelings about Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle’s decision to quit royal life and the drama it caused.
The confidant, who has not been named, reportedly told Nicole that the Queen said she was “exhausted” and “very hurt” by the “upheaval of their decision,” according to the book.
“I think so [the Queen] realized there was nothing more she could do to forge a reconciliation between William and Harry,” Nicole suggested on Thursday’s show. “I think most people think it’s terribly sad that the twilight years of her reign, when she should have been enjoying her time, spending time with her great-grandchildren and grandchildren, were marred by this terrible family rift.”
Prince Harry and Prince William’s relationship reportedly began to become strained even before the former married Markle in 2018. The siblings became estranged after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped down from royal duties and moved to California in 2020.
Tensions between the Sussexes and the royal family reportedly worsened after Prince Harry and Markle gave bombshell interviews accusing the palace of rejecting the duchess’ pleas for help and claiming their very presence upset the royal family’s dynamic.
The death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8 reunited Prince Harry with Prince William, who invited his younger brother and sister-in-law to join him and his wife Kate Middleton to greet the crowds gathered outside the Castle of Windsor, two days after the Queen’s death.
An unnamed source close to Prince Harry told The Sunday Times of London at the time that while being in each other’s company was “awkward” for the brothers, “everyone is doing their best.”