The rift between Prince William and Harry about how they plan to interact with their father in public has turned seismic.
In private, the Duke of Cambridge has shared many of his brother’s views on Prince Charles’s parenthood in the past.
However, the thought of broadcasting such private family affairs in the incendiary manner that Harry has done on an American podcast for the past week would bore the second in line to the throne with horror.
By contrast, for the past three years, William has spent the past three years trying to reconcile some of the troubles he had with his father and his troubled childhood in order to smooth out the relationships before Charles becomes king.
A royal source tells me: ‘Prince William is, of course, saddened by recent developments because of the way Prince Harry puts such deep personal suffering in the public domain and violates the privacy of the whole family.
Prince Charles with his sons Harry and William at Lancaster House in London in February 2014
It’s fair to say that even now William continues to have private conversations about the relationship with his father, which has been tense in the past.
There was a lot of pain after his mother’s death, and both brothers found their father’s dedication to his work hard to grasp at times.
Like Harry, William has learned lessons from his upbringing and makes sure to put his time for his family first over any other dedication.
But William also believes that the continued development and growth of his relationship with his father is crucial to the future of the monarchy.
“They have a lot of mutual respect now and he wouldn’t even understand for a moment that he was speaking in public like Harry has been doing for the past week.”
In fact, Harry’s recent statements during the interview with American star Dax Shepard seem to break an agreement by the brothers to stop speaking publicly about the loss of their mother.
There is an imminent test of William and Harry’s relationship. In July, they will meet publicly in London to unveil a highly anticipated statue of Princess Diana on what would have been her 60th birthday on July 1. Pictured: Diana at the Braemar Games, Scotland, 1981
(Left to right) The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince William, Earl Spencer, Prince Harry and Prince Charles follow the casket of Diana, Princess of Wales to Westminster Abbey in September 1997
When both brothers contributed to a high-profile ITV documentary about Princess Diana on the 20th anniversary of her death in 2017, William believed they had promised not to talk about their mother again.
On behalf of his brother, he said in the documentary, ‘We won’t be doing this again – we won’t be talking about her so openly or publicly anymore, as we hope this film will provide the other side of close family. friends you may not have heard of before, those who knew her best, and those who want to protect her memory and remind people of the person she was. ‘
But it is clear that Harry no longer intends to keep that promise as he has started speaking regularly at events and in the media about his mother since leaving the Royal Family to move to the US last year.
On last week’s Armchair Expert podcast, he said of life as a royal: ‘Look what it did to my mom. How am I ever going to settle down and have a wife and a family when I know it’s going to happen again? ‘
He added of Diana: ‘The tremendous immense impact she had on us in the short time she was around has been enormous. Because she just wanted to make sure we lived as normal a life as possible. ‘
Apple included a photo of Harry walking behind Diana’s coffin on the day of her funeral in the trailer for the Duke’s new Apple TV series The Me You Can’t See on mental health, a decision Harry has likely personally approved. as the show’s lead producer.
Obviously, Harry feels he is speaking publicly about his mother and that her death is important if he opens up about his mental health issues.
There are fears within royal households that he will launch further attacks on his family, possibly due to the circumstances in which he and William were forced to walk behind the coffin, on the Apple show, due to be released on Friday.
Prince William laughs with Prince Charles next to Prince Harry at Buckingham Palace in 2000
Another royal insider says: ‘This is of course Prince Harry’s story and he has every right to share it.
“But what you have to understand is that it is very much against the strategy he agreed upon with William after the twentieth anniversary of Diana’s death.
“That will increase tensions between William and Harry, which are unfortunately already high.”
The podcast interview caused shock waves among the royal households last week when Harry lamented the “ genetic pain ” of being part of the royal family while focusing on the parenting abilities of Prince Charles as well as the Queen and Prince Philip.
He said to Shepard, “If I have experienced some form of pain or suffering because of the pain or suffering that my father or my parents may have suffered, I am going to break that cycle so that I don’t. pass it on. Suddenly I started putting it all together and saying, ‘Okay, so this is where he went to school, this is what happened, I know this bit about his life, I also know that it is connected to his parents. ‘ So that means he treats me the way he was treated. Which means, how can I change that for my own children? ‘
(From left) Dax Shepard, his co-host Monica Padman and Prince Harry pose in a photo for the Armchair Experts podcast, which caused shockwaves amid the royal households last week
The Mail on Sunday over the weekend revealed how some royal aides want the Sussexes to lose their royal titles.
But as I reported on Friday, Prince Charles is in favor of a completely different approach.
While sources familiar with the Prince of Wales’s thinking admit that tensions with Harry are currently high, the future king wants to find a way to welcome his wayward son and American wife back into the royal flock, even if it takes so rapprochement for years.
However, there is an imminent test of William and Harry’s relationship.
In July, they will meet publicly in London to unveil a highly anticipated statue of Princess Diana on what would have been her 60th birthday on July 1.
The more Harry speaks publicly about their mother before then, the more difficult those arrangements will become.