Prince Harry wants his father and brother 'back'; Whole story and 6 facts about the royal rift

Prince Harry opens up in a recent interview about wanting his father and brother back; In that note, we look at 6 facts about the royal strife for better understanding.

Updated on Jan 04, 2023   |  10:24 PM IST  |  179.6K
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with Prince William and Kate MIddleton

The back and forth between the royal family and Prince Harry was seen for some time. In a recent interview, Harry opened up again in an attempt to reach out to his family. Ahead of the release of his autobiography after his and Meghan’s exit, this interview gives us perspective on Harry’s personal struggle. 

The royal family showed "no willingness to reconcile" claimed Harry dishearteningly in an interview with ITV as reported by Entertainment Tonight. He opened up about wanting to get back with his father and brother in the upcoming interview in a manner that sounded almost like a plea to his family. Harry openly also claimed that the family would rather keep him and his wife Meghan Markle as the villains amid the rift.

Prince Harry wanted the Royal Family to be his family first. That’s why he also spoke about wanting a family "not an institution’”. He said it’s the royal family motto to never complain and never ask or give an explanation, no matter the situation. That might have been the reason for his heartbreak as he added that whenever he tried to reach out privately, it had been used against him and his wife. 

Prince Harry and Prince William together

This bombshell of an interview definitely gave rise to more questions than it had answered. Recently, Prince Harry and Meghan also released a docuseries partnered with Netflix that had broken all records.

So, in that spirit, here are 6 facts that you can read up on to brush up on your royal history -

1.  The Kate vs Meghan Feud - Strife of Sister in Laws

There had been many rumours about their relationship. But as reported by Cosmopolitan, it was the seasoned royal reporter Katie Nicholl who dropped the bomb on the royal secret. It was Harry and William apparently who were not getting along. They had a fallout around Christmas 2018 and the crack had not been mended since. 

However, one cannot deny the tension between Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton as well. According to Entertainment Tonight, Meghan actually opened up about the first meeting with Kate and William. Meghan said she was in “ripped jeans” and “barefoot” and hugged Kate but the cold reaction made her realize how the British Royal Family value formality over warmth. In the docuseries, Meghan also said that she understood quickly that the formality on the outside carried through on the inside.

2. The ‘Megxit

January 2020 had been memorable for many reasons. One of the biggest ones was Harry and Meghan exiting the royal family. Many were surprised at this break of the brotherly bond. According to an insider, as reported by US Magazine, King Charles III was “livid” to say the least. The Prince of Wales had been rumoured to find Meghan the guilty party of this break. 


A still from Harry and Meghan

3. William’s ‘concern’ over Harry and Meghan

According to rumours in the book Finding Freedom via Entertainment Tonight, William felt Harry was rushing into this relationship with Meghan and was concerned about it. Although William had issued a statement refuting such gossip as reported by Glamour, it didn’t go away. He also pleaded in the statement for the British media to refrain from making sexist and racist comments. But the rumours were not going away anytime soon. "Harry was pissed off," reported Entertainment Tonight. The report suggested that Harry was pissed off that his brother would ask such a thing and felt it was an overreaction.

4. The racist and sexist side of the Royals

This is not the first time the royal family had been accused of racism and sexism. NBC News, in one of their piece, reported this as a problem of “racist microaggression.” As we all know Meghan is the first woman of colour to enter the British Royal Family. The book Brothers and Wives: Inside the Private Lives of William, Kate, Harry, and Meghan, by Christopher Andersen actually gives us some speculation about the racism that might be going on behind the closed curtain. Le Monde had reported Harry mentioned an “unconscious bias” against Meghan by the royal family. It was actually on the Oprah show that the question of racism was addressed for the first time by the two ex-royals. It broke the Hollywood news and had been a topic of royal criticism ever since. 

5. Harry and William’s distance before Archie’s Birth

Just before Harry and Meghan’s son Archie took birth, the royals hosted a church service. Sources from Entertainment Tonight said that the brothers came separately. In the past, Harry would be seen walking with his brother. So this was seen as a cause of concern by royal reporters. 

6. Exiting Royal Foundations

Harry and Meghan also exited royal charities in 2019 and started their own. It was definitely a visible rift as commented by various Hollywood news. "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will establish their own new charitable foundation with transitional operating support from the Royal Foundation,"- a statement read from The Royal Foundation that time and it has been seen as a pivotal moment in this controversy. 


What are your thoughts on this royal tug-of-war? Let us know in the comments below.

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Jan 05, 2023
You can\'t go out making such accusations in interviews, memoirs and documentaries and then expect Prince William and King Charles to welcome you back with open arms
Jan 04, 2023
guess ran out of money, and tyler perry cant keep them in big mansion for free for more days
Jan 04, 2023
Stay with dark out cast fool