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Family Feud! A Timeline of Prince William and Prince Harry’s Royal Rift

Royal rift! Prince William and his brother, Prince Harry, have been feuding behind closed (palace) doors and across the pond for years now, their rift reportedly starting in November 2018. At the time, a royal reporter claimed Harry was upset that his older sibling wasn’t welcoming enough to his new wife, Duchess of Sussex Meghan (née Markle), the rumors lending themselves to the beginning of the now-famous row. 

Around Christmas time that year, “They had a bit of a fallout which was only resolved when [King] Charles stepped in and asked William to make an effort,” Vanity Fair’s reporter Katie Nicholl claimed. “That’s when the Cambridges invited the Sussexes to spend Christmas with them.” 

However, Harry tried to shut down the rift rumors when talking about his engagement to Meghan. Harry said Duchess of Cambridge Kate (née Middleton) was “wonderful” and William was a “fantastic support” to him after his romantic proposal to the former Suits actress. 

Even though Meghan spent the 2018 holiday with Harry’s loved ones, it didn’t stop fans from theorizing there was tension between them, especially in February 2019 when interesting new details about the siblings came to light. In the highly watched  TLC documentary Kate v. Meghan: Princesses at War?, Katie discussed what allegedly caused the brothers to get frustrated with each other in the first place, asserting that said William was worried his sibling was rushing his romance with Meghan.

Although she noted William was trying to come from a good place, his remarks still allegedly “riled” his brother up. “Harry is hugely protective of Meghan. He saw that as criticism,” Katie claimed. “He interpreted that as his brother not really being behind this marriage, this union, and I don’t think things have been quite right ever since.” 

In June 2019, the royals fueled rift rumors when Harry and his wife made the choice to split from the royal foundation they set up with William and Kate.

After Harry welcomed his son, Archie, in May 2019, the drama appeared to continue months later when he and Meghan made a bold and historical decision to forge their own path in life. The couple announced they would be “stepping back” from their royal duties so they could focus on becoming “financially independent” in January 2020.

Since then, the couple has spoken out on a number of occasion about the realities of royal life. Their highly watched CBS interview highlighted the veiled racism Meghan experienced at the hands of other royals, with questions about Archie’s skin tone asked by members of the firm. Their 2022 Netflix documentary, Harry & Meghan, further shed light on the cruelty handed to both Meghan and Harry at the hands of the British press, the palace’s failure to intervene in the same manner as they would other members of the family and the lengths the couple had to go to protect themselves and their children. 

Harry’s interviews amid of the release of his 2023 memoir, Spare, further revealed even more truths about the royal institution, and the pages of his book shed light on physical conflicts between him and William, details about his desire to escape the royal rota and more. 

Scroll through the gallery for details on the tension between Harry and William. 

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