Not all tea and sympathy are created equal. Prince Harry has always been one of the most jovial members of the British royal family, but he hasn’t always gotten along with his own relatives.
The Invictus Games founder was the youngest son of Prince CharlesDiana, the late Princess of Wales. He and his older brother were both children. Prince WilliamThey seemed to be inseparable at first, but as they grew older, cracks began forming in their relationship.
“There’s always been a part of Harry that felt like he was living in his brother’s shadow,” an insider told Us WeeklyNovember 2019. “He doesn’t envy the responsibility that comes with being the future king of England, but William’s the ‘golden boy’ and Harry feels like he has a lot to live up to.”
The rift between the brothers grew worse when Harry and his spouse, March 2021, married. Meghan MarkleIn an interview with CBS, they discussed their decision to withdraw from their royal duties. The Sussexes accused members of the royal family of racial behavior during the TV special. In particular, they alleged that one person had asked questions about their son Archie‘s skin tone ahead of his May 2019 birth. (They welcomed their second baby, Lilibet, in June 2021.
Days after the interview, the Duke of Cambridge responded to the accusations by saying, “We’re very much not a racist family.”
One month later, the brothers reunited at Prince Philip’s funeral. He died in April 2021 at the age of 99. They were not photographed walking together after the ceremony. A source later confirmed that they were. UsThey still needed to work together to heal their relationship.
“Harry did speak to William while he was in the U.K., so in that respect, they made some progress,” the insider said at the time. “But they definitely haven’t reached the stage where all is forgiven, nor have they buried the hatchet.”
Harry’s dynamic with his father has also been strained since he and Meghan decided to step down as full-time working royals in January 2020. When the former military pilot visited the U.K. for Philip’s funeral, he and Charles didn’t manage to fully move past the tension caused by the CBS tell-all.
“They barely communicated,” a source told UsApril 2021 “There definitely continues to be a huge wedge between the two.”
Keep scrolling for a look back at Harry’s ups and downs with the royal family over the years: