Before Prince Harry dropped his bombshell revelations in the docuseries Harry & Meghan and his memoir Spare, he had reportedly been feuding with his big brother, Prince William. The two's relationship has allegedly deteriorated dramatically in the past few years.
A lot has been said about Prince Harry and Prince William's feud. But for Tina Brown, author of The Palace Papers, the Duke of Sussex's attitude toward his younger brother mirrored their father, King Charles III's jealousy of their mom, Princess Diana.
Prince William Allegedly Jealous of Prince Harry
Brown told Bustle that the Sussexes had jostled the Cornwalls, making the latter "very unsettling to them."
"I don't know if there is room for both of them. If you are the number one, and you're going to be the king, you don't want the more charismatic brother and his more charismatic wife to be out there eclipsing you. In a strange way, what William went through was sort of what his father went through with Diana. He's like, 'I don't want to be upstaged.' I don't think that it's such a surprising thing."
Brown believed it seemed to mirror King Charles' jealousy of Princess Diana while they were on tour of Australia in 1983.
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The late People's Princess told Martin Bashir in the infamous 1995 Panorama interview that the people misunderstood the media's pressure on them as a couple, calling it phenomenal.
“We'd be going round Australia, for instance, and all you could hear was, 'Oh, she's on the other side. Now, if you're a man like my husband, a proud man, you mind about that if you hear it every day for four weeks. And you feel low about it, instead of feeling happy and sharing it."
Bashir then asked Princess Diana if she was flatted by the media attention, to which she responded, "No, not particularly, because with the media attention came a lot of jealousy—a great deal of complicated situations arose because of that."
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Though Prince Harry said the same about his father in his memoir, Brown believed Prince William and Kate were anxious about the Duke of Sussex and Meghan's popularity.
Prince Harry, Prince William's Physical Fight
The tensions within the royal family started to be known in public when Prince Harry and Meghan announced their decision to step down from their roles as senior royals and move to the U.S. to have private lives.
Prince Harry revealed in Spare that he had a physical fight with the Prince of Wales before he left the monarchy in 2020.
Alexander Larman, author of The Crown in Crisis: Countdown to the Abdication and The Windsors at War: The King, His Brother and a Family Divided, believed the royal siblings' feud had dated back before Prince Harry left for the U.S.
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"Both of them are strong personalities, committed to a variety of causes and initiatives, and inevitably there have been clashes and disagreements along the way," he said, per Time.
Sadly, in his interview with 60 Minutes, Prince Harry said the British press had made it hard for him to hold a private talk and mend his relationship with King Charles and Price William, that was why he made this drama public.
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