Harry just returned from a long trip to the United Kingdom, where the royal family commemorated the late Prince Philip’s life. The former senior royal is coming off a shocking interview with Oprah Winfrey in which he and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, leveled racist accusations against the royal family. Several reports have surfaced since the interview, many of which claim that the rift between Prince William and his younger brother, Prince Harry, is now wider than ever — and, according to a recent report, Queen Elizabeth has now taken a stand in the war between the brothers.
A royal feud has erupted between Prince William and Prince Harry.
Prince William and Prince Harry have long been royal favorites. Fans all over the world adored the two brothers’ close relationship, and many saw them as shining examples of what a modern monarchy could look like. Things started to go downhill after Prince Harry and Meghan started dating.
The feud rumors first surfaced in early 2019, when it was reported that Prince William tried to persuade Prince Harry to “slow down” in his pursuit of Meghan Markle’s hand in marriage. According to sources, Prince Harry was dissatisfied with Prince William’s perceived criticism, and their relationship deteriorated as a result.
Following the Oprah Winfrey interview, Prince William was said to be enraged with Prince Harry.
While Prince William remained silent about the rumored royal feud, the rumors were indirectly confirmed when Prince Harry and Meghan announced in January 2020 that they would be stepping down as senior members of the royal family. They announced the news on Instagram, and by the spring of 2020, they were well on their way to starting their new lives in California.
After a few months of relative quiet, feud rumors resurfaced after Prince Harry and Meghan sat down for a candid interview with Oprah Winfrey. The couple described their time in the royal family as a miserable experience in the interview, which aired in early March 2021, with Prince Harry admitting that his relationship with Prince William now is about “space.”
What is Queen Elizabeth’s position on Prince Harry and Prince William’s feud?
The royal family’s most senior members have remained silent about the feud. According to a recent BestLife.com report, Queen Elizabeth has taken a firm stance on the issue.
While the queen has “great affection” for Prince Harry and his new family, “the Queen has made it clear to senior advisers that she is united with Charles and William, and was disappointed with aspects of Harry and Meghan’s interview,” according to the report.
If this is Queen Elizabeth II’s position on the matter, it’s surprising, given how damaging Prince Harry’s allegations could be to the royal family. The queen appears to prefer to stay out of the rift, given the racism discussion and Prince Harry’s admission that he no longer communicates with his father, Prince Charles.
However, this could indicate that the family’s tensions are deeper than anyone could have predicted.