Prince Harry and William struggle with ‘fierce rivalry’ over Meghan Markle

Prince William and Harry are 'fiercely competitive' says insider

Prince Harry, 36, would joke with Prince William, 38, about who was losing their hair fastest but there was an underlying competition between the brothers growing up. Royal expert Katie Nicholl explained the rift between Harry and William intensified over the Duke of Sussex’s choice of bride. William was concerned about how quickly the relationship developed between Harry and Meghan Markle.

Speaking to the Channel 5 documentary ‘Kate VS Meghan: Princesses At War’ Ms Nicholls said: “I was told that the underlying tensions, the rift was actually between William and Harry.

“The brothers with the unbreakable bond.

“They were a brilliant team together but they were also fiercely competitive.

“Often that is quite friendly competition, joshing over who is losing their hair the fastest.

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“But I think there is an underlying competition between the boys and there have certainly been instances of sibling rivalry.”

She added: “William will have a go at Harry for eating him out of house and home.

“But actually a rift over his choice of bride was far more serious.

“William was quite concerned about how the relationship had moved so quickly.

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“Being close to Harry, he was the only person close enough to Harry to say ‘are you sure?’

“I think what was meant as well intended brotherly advice just riled Harry.

“Harry is hugely protective of Meghan, he saw that as criticism.”

It comes as Harry sent Christmas presents to the Princes William and Louis and Princess Charlotte in an attempt to heal the rift with his brother.


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But Ms Nicholl said the brothers will not be close in the same way again.

Speaking on True Royalty TV’s Royal Beat, Ms Nicholl said: “I don’t think they ever will be close in the same way that they were before.

“But I do think there have been nine months since Megxit and relations are better between them.

“I know that they are in touch, that they do talk.

“I know that Harry sent over a load of presents for the Cambridge children.”

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