Ever since they were born, Princes William and Harry have become two of the best-loved members of the royal family, winning over the hearts of the nation throughout their 36 and 34 years.
The world took to them in sympathy following the death of their mother, Princess Diana, and it’s become clear that the Dukes share a very close bond – heightened by their unusual circumstances.
But now it seems that the brothers may well be looking to forge separate paths after a lifetime of working closely together.
According to Roya Nikkah, for The Sunday Times, the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex are looking in to a formal separation of their joint royal household, in order to reflect how both their royal roles are changing and evolving.
Before Prince Harry met Meghan Markle, the Duke of Sussex did much of his royal work alongside his brother and sister-in-law, Catherine.
But of course, both brothers are now married – and with the news that Meghan, Duchess of Sussex is expecting hers and Harry’s first baby, both have their own families now.
It’s become clear in the months since Harry married Meghan that the royal couples are forging their own paths, and have different approaches to their royal roles – and different causes that they each want to focus on.
A source told the publication, “The brothers have leant on each other and looked after each other since their mother died. But now they have their own families, they no longer rely on each other as before.”
Evidently, William and Harry are also set for two very different royal roles in the upcoming years too. As the future King, William and of course Catherine, must follow the well-trodden path towards head of state, which will require very different things from them than what will be asked of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
According to Roya, holding separate royal courts would mean the brothers could focus their different responsibilites – and help them gain more autonomy in supporting their own causes.
The royal brother’s separation could also see the two couples parting physically as well. Currently, Harry and Meghan are happily ensconced in their two-bedroom home of Nottingham Cottage on the Kensington Palace estate. However, Roya’s resport suggests they may soon move from their marital home, once their baby arrives next Spring.
A source reportedly said, “The Sussexes are expected to leave their two-bedroom home at Nottingham Cottage, in the grounds of Kensington Palace, and may choose to move into the main palace or find a new royal residence.”
Following the reports, royal fans seemed delighted by the prospect of two separate courts for the Sussexes and the Cambridge’s. One follower wrote, ‘That’s really good news. I think it makes sense for both families’, while another agreed, saying, ‘IF this is true then it makes perfect sense. Harry and Meghan are completely different in attitude, temperament, work ethic, and values than the Cambridges.’
Many have also questioned whether the move would mean that Catherine and William, and Harry and Meghan would have separate social media accounts.
But fans of the ‘Fab Four’, as they have been dubbed, needn’t worry, as it’s thought that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will still carry on their joint work with the Royal Foundation together, a charitable company set up by the former trio some years ago.