Prince Harry and Prince William 'Could Have Been So Brilliant,' Says Source: It's 'Heartbreaking'
While Prince William and Prince Harry were always on "different paths" due to William's future role as king, they grew up close
The brothers — along with Harry's wife Meghan Markle and William's wife Kate Middleton — were thought to be the "Fab Four" until a rift between them led to a separation of their royal offices and Harry and Meghan's eventual exit from the royal family.
"It's a sad state of affairs because William and Harry could have been so brilliant" as a team, says a close insider in this week's issue of PEOPLE. "To think of what they could have achieved together is almost heartbreaking."
While William, 38, and Harry, 36, were always on "different paths" due to Prince William's future role as king, they grew up close — especially after the death of their mother Princess Diana when they were young.
On July 1, the brothers are set to come together for the unveiling of a statue in honor of their mother at Kensington Palace. While both William and Harry (who relocated to California last year) are determined to keep that appointment, they will have to talk things over first.
"Neither of them have good poker faces," a palace source says.
"It's been really hard," Harry explained. "I am part of the system with them, I always have been, but I guess — and I'm very aware of this — my brother can't leave that system, but I have."
"He has a path set for him and he's completely accepting of his role. He is very much his grandmother's grandson in that respect of duty and service," the source told the outlet.
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Prince Harry also described his relationship with his older sibling at the moment as "space."
"I love William to bits. He's my brother. We've been through hell together," Harry explained. "But we are on different paths."
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