They have been hit with rumours that there’s a rift between them for months and now Prince Harry has finally addressed claims he’s grown apart from his brother Prince William in a very honest TV interview, admitting: “We’re certainly on different paths.”
The Duke of Sussex and his sibling haven’t been seen together in public as much in recent months, as he focuses on his new life as a dad with wife Meghan while both pursue different causes in the royal limelight. But when opening up on rumours there was a falling out between them – as part of ITV documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, which aired in the UK on Sunday night – he insisted he loves his brother “dearly”.
When asked if there was any truth behind the claims of a rift, Harry initially laughed on camera before saying: “Part of this role, part of this job and this family being under the pressure it is under, inevitably stuff happens. But look, we are brothers, we will always be brothers. We are certainly on different paths at the moment but I will always be there for him and, as I know, he will always be there for me.”
He went on to confirm they haven’t spent as much time together recently, adding: “We don’t see as much as we used to because we are so busy but I love him dearly and the majority of stuff is created out of nothing. As brothers, you have good days, you have bad days.”
'As brothers you have good days, you have bad days'
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The palace has repeatedly denied claims of a rift between the brothers, which first begun to air in the media in the run up to Harry’s wedding to Meghan in May last year. The rumours only heated up when Harry later confirmed he and his family would be moving out of Kensington Palace, where he previously lived close to William, to set up home in Windsor.
However, on the occasions the brothers have been pictured together in the months since, they have appeared as close as ever – with the pair sharing a series of laughs as they played polo together in July. Both their wives and children were seen watching from the sidelines, despite further claims of a rift between Meghan and Catherine themselves.
The interview was carried out by ITV presenter Tom Bradby, who is reportedly a friend of the prince’s. And it came alongside a series of other chats with his wife Meghan, as the couple gave a deeply honest insight into the impact the negative press over the last year has had one them.
Meghan, who became a mother for the first time in May this year, opened up in her most honest interview to date about the “vulnerability” she felt at dealing with media and public scrutiny whilst she was pregnant. “Look, any woman especially when they are pregnant you’re really vulnerable and so that was made really challenging, and then when you have a new born, you know…” she told Bradby.
“And especially as a woman, it’s a lot. So you add this on top of just trying to be a new mom or trying to be a newlywed. And, also thank you for asking, because not many people have asked if I’m OK. But it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes.”
In the short clip, Meghan could be seen getting visibly emotional as Bradby then asked her: “Would it be fair to say, [you’re] not really OK, as in it’s really been a struggle?” To which the duchess replied: “Yes.”
In another heartbreaking clip from the show, which was released on Thursday last week, Prince Harry also became emotional as he opened up about the “festering wound” caused by his mother Princess Diana’s tragic death in 1997. After Bradby asked Harry if he feels “at peace” yet, Harry replied: “I think probably a wound that festers. I think being part of this family, in this role, in this job, every single time I see a camera, every time I see a flash, it takes me straight back.
“So in that respect it’s the worst reminder of her life, as opposed to the best. Being here now 22-years later, trying to finish what she started, will be incredibly emotional. Everything that I do reminds me of her. But with the role, with the job and the pressures that come with that, I get reminded of the bad stuff unfortunately.”
Bradby went on to discuss Harry’s fears that the Duchess of Sussex is now being subject to the “same pressures as his mother was”.
Harry & Meghan: An African Journey aired in the UK on ITV on Sunday October 20.