The royal rift might finally come to a truce. While Prince Harry is tending to business in the U.K., Prince William is “planning to meet privately” with his brother to “clear the air,” an insider exclusively tells In Touch.
“He knows it’s a now or never situation and doesn’t want to lose his brother for good,” the source adds. “It will take time for them to rebuild their relationship but at least they’re on the right path.”
The sons of Princess Diana have had a tumultuous relationship, but things are especially rocky since Harry, 35, stepped away from his royal duties and moved to Canada with Meghan Markle. The parents of Archie, 9 months, decided to move as a result of their strained relationship with William, 37, another source told In Touch exclusively.
“He’s over living in William’s shadow,” an insider revealed. “The Queen stressed the importance of her family putting on a united front, and she made this very clear in her statement, but his relationship with William is still strained. The way things are going, it’s unlikely they’ll ever be close again. Like they used to be.”
By moving to Canada, Meghan and Harry hoped to have a “fresh start,” a third source noted. They added that William had no intention of stopping them from distancing themselves from the family. “William’s not interfering and is letting his brother get on with it. I doubt they’ll ever be close again like they were when they were younger.”
Although it may seem the brothers’ relationship is beyond repair, conflict resolution expert Damali Peterman told In Touch there is still hope. “There’s always some sibling rivalry. There are typically some situations when you bring someone new to your family — that changes the dynamics,” she said, hinting that Harry and Meghan’s union shook up the royal family.
“Communication is key because communication is at the heart of the conflict in any family,” she continued. “If someone doesn’t like what someone said, what someone did, … the way they communicate that is impacted by it, whether they stop talking to each other or the conversation is strained.”