Prince Harry and Prince William's Relationship Is 'Forever Changed,' Source Says
The rift between the siblings first emerged when William cautioned his younger brother against moving too fast in his relationship with Meghan Markle. Now, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have decided to step down from their royal roles — effective at the end of March — and the dynamic between Prince William and Prince Harry will never be the same, says an insider.
The brother’s relationship is “forever changed,” a source tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. “They won’t get back to the way they were. Harry is looking straight ahead at his future with his family.”
The insider adds that Prince Harry and his wife plan to spend time in California, Meghan’s home state, and Canada with their 10-month-old son Archie.
“He’s not looking back,” the source says.
Prince William and Prince Harry were just 15 and 12 when their mother, Princess Diana, died — and she hoped they would always stay close.
“One thing Diana said was, ‘Please, whatever happens, remember you always have each other, and I want you always to stick together.’ And clearly that can’t happen for a long time,” says Ingrid Seward, a veteran royal biographer who knew the late princess.
The brothers’ public reunion on Commonwealth Day appeared strained, as there was only a brief interaction between Prince William and Kate Middleton with Prince Harry and Meghan. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived in their seats on the second row, followed shortly after by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Harry and Meghan smiled and greeted William and Kate. William and Kate both offered brief hellos before taking their seats in front.
While awaiting the Queen’s arrival, Meghan and Harry spoke with Prince Edward, while Kate spoke with Sophie and William, with seemingly no interaction between the two brothers and their wives.
When they processed out of Westminster Abbey behind Queen Elizabeth, both couples kept their eyes forward and didn’t appear to say goodbye to each other.
“They are on different paths now,” a source previously said of the two couples. “It’s just the reality of the situation.”