Prince William ‘unlikely' to ‘ever’ rebuild relationship with Prince Harry and Meghan after betrayal of ‘trust’

It's claimed Prince William is 'unlikely' to repair his bond with the Sussexes as they've gone against 'all he believes' in...

Prince William 'unlikely' to rebuild relationship with Prince Harry and Meghan, seen here at different occasions
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Prince William is said to be “unlikely” to “ever” be able to rebuild his relationship with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after a betrayal of “trust”. 


For several years now rumors of a “rift” between the Prince of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have continued to circulate. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle “stepped back” as working royals in 2020 and have settled in their Santa Barbara mansion and given shocking insights into their experience of life in the royal spotlight. This included Prince Harry expressing his belief that his father King Charles and brother Prince William were “trapped” in the institution. 

Now the couple’s new Netflix special, Harry & Meghan, has released its first few episodes and Prince Harry’s memoir, Spare, is set for release in January. And amid these exciting new projects, it’s now been claimed by a source that Prince William is “unlikely” to ever rebuild his bond with his brother and sister-in-law…

Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on the long Walk at Windsor Castle

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Opening up to the Daily Mail (opens in new tab), a supposed friend alleged that “trust” is hugely important to the Royal Family and that “private” Prince William perceives what his younger brother has been doing in recent years as the opposite of all he believes in. Because of this, they predict that the Prince of Wales and Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s relationship might never be fully repaired.

The friend claimed, “All relationships are built on trust but for members of the Royal Family, who live their life in the spotlight, doubly so. The prince is a very private man and what Harry is doing is the anathema of everything he believes.”

They expressed their opinion that the way the Sussexes could’ve potentially broken a level of “trust” by speaking out so publicly about royal life means it’s “unlikely” their bond will fully be rebuilt.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge watch the RAF flypast

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“On that alone, many believe it is unlikely he will ever be able to repair his relationship with them. Too much water has gone under the bridge,” the source suggested. 

When the future King broke his silence for the first time following Harry & Meghan Part 1’s release, Prince William’s rare personal message focused on his grief at the loss of a close friend, Mark Jenkins and his son Peter. The Royal Family haven’t publicly commented on the new Netflix docuseries though they’re said to be concerned over the release of Part 2 on December 15. 

One source has already alleged to The Times (opens in new tab) that its content will be “poison”, whilst Prince Harry and Meghan are set to discuss their reasons for quitting royal life and relocating their family to the US.  

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex arrive for the unveiling of a statue they commissioned of their mother Diana, Princess of Wales

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But although Prince Harry himself described his relationship with Prince William as one of “space at the moment” during his and Meghan Markle’s Oprah Winfrey interview last year, he was optimistic that they would grow closer again and that “time heals all things, hopefully."

“As I’ve said before, I love William to bits,” he declared. “He’s my brother. We’ve been through hell together. We have a shared experience, but we were on different paths.”

Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with six years of experience working in digital publishing. Her specialist areas including literature, the British Royal Family and knowing all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and every streaming service out there. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, you can find Emma cooking and watching yet more crime dramas.