The widening rift between Prince William and Prince Harry had showed no sign of closing. But according to one royal expert, William may have dropped a subtle hint he could be ready to start burying the hatchet. The brothers’ now frosty relationship was reportedly sparked by William’s concerns over Harry’s fast-developing relationship with Meghan Markle ahead of their royal wedding in 2018.
The tense row quickly boiled over – with Harry claiming his brother was “trapped” within the royal system during a bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey after quitting as a senior royal.
Since leaving the UK in early 2020, Harry has only publicly seen his brother twice – at the funeral of Prince Philip and at an unveiling of a statue of their late mother Princess Diana. There is still some uncertainty surrounding their relationship – especially as Harry is set to release a tell-all memoir of his life later this year. However, in December, William took part in the Apple Fitness Time To Walk podcast, where he shared a memory of his late mother Princess Diana.
He recalled how both he and Harry would belt out the Tina Turner hit Simply the Best with their mum when they were younger in and in the car together.It has been suggested this could have been William offering an olive branch to his younger brother.
And royal expert Duncan Larcombe told OK! : “We have to hope that even the most subtle words from William here and there act as little signals to Harry.”It’s as if he’s saying, ‘Look, come on. Let’s sort this out.’ As the older sibling, William is sensible enough to know that he has to fix things.”
However, he did say that the stalemate between Harry and William is likely to carry on until Harry’s book is published.Duncan added: “We don’t yet know if or how strongly he’ll slate his father and brother in the book.
“It’s hard to imagine what might be coming, but until that book hits the shelves, the stalemate is highly likely to continue .” It’s not known when William and Harry are likely to be reunited.
Harry is suing over a decision not to allow him to pay for police protection for himself and his family while in the UK. He says he wants to bring his children Archie and Lilibet to visit from the US where he now lives with wife Meghan Markle, but his barrister told the High Court during a hearing on Friday that he “does not feel safe” when visiting under the current security arrangements.
He is arguing that his private protection team in the US does not have adequate jurisdiction abroad or access to UK intelligence information which is needed to keep his family safe.
And now this had led some to believe that if this is the case, he will not return to the UK next month when a memorial service for his late beloved grandfather Prince Philip takes place at Westminster Abbey on March 29.