Prince William and Harry’s strong brotherly bond before ‘rift’ saw Harry ‘gift’ William Princess Diana’s engagement ring
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Prince William and Prince Harry have shared a close bond throughout their childhoods, and this was strengthened as they experienced the tragic loss of their mother Princess Diana in 1997.
At the time of Diana’s death, Harry was only 12 years old and William was slightly older at aged 15.
The world famous brothers have grown up in the spotlight and they’ve appeared to have remained close despite their hugely busy schedules, which have been brimming with public engagements over the years.
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And in fact, Prince Harry once called Prince William “the perfect brother” during his wedding speech as William married Kate Middleton in 2011, according to the Daily Mail, and they’ve supported one another through some tough times.
In 2017, speaking to The Telegraph, Harry discussed emotions he had shut down “for almost two decades,” which he was helped through by brother William.
He said at the time: “My brother, you know, bless him, he was a huge support to me.”
Recent reports, however, have hinted that a rift between the brothers had started to emerge, which has become a bigger topic of conversation since Prince Harry, 35, and his wife Meghan Markle, 38, chose to step down from their royal duties and move to Los Angeles.
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Yet, proving how close the brothers once were, it’s been reported that Harry gave Prince William an incredibly special keepsake of his late mother Princess Diana’s when William was set to marry Kate Middleton, 38.
The Express has reported that, as Amazon Prime documentary The Diana Story shows, following Diana’s heartbreaking death in 1997, young Harry and William chose something of their mother’s to hold dear, and while William chose a Cartier watch, Harry picked out Diana’s beautiful engagement ring.
The stunning ring was initially given to Princess Diana by Prince Charles in 1981 and has an iconic status as a result. It consists of a 12 carat oval blue Ceylon sapphire and is estimated to be worth £300,000.
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And when it came to Prince William marrying Kate Middleton, Harry is believed to have said: “Wouldn’t it be fitting if she had mummy’s ring?” and gave the ring, which he had kept as a keepsake, to Prince William who then gave it to Kate.
The publication reports that the Queen’s former footman Paul Burrell said: “Harry gave up his precious treasure. His one thing he kept from his mother, he gave to his brother. That’s selfless, kind, and exactly who Diana was.”
Prince William and Harry’s relationship now
Reports of a feud between the brothers began as Prince Harry reportedly felt slighted by his older brother, with royal biographer Kate Nicholl claiming to Vanity Fair: “Harry felt William wasn't rolling out the red carpet for Meghan and told him so. They had a bit of a fall out which was only resolved when Charles stepped in and asked William to make an effort.”
Then there was the Harry and Meghan: An African Journey documentary on ITV, during which Harry confirmed the rift by saying the brothers were on “different paths at the moment”.
And speaking candidly about their relationship, Harry added: “We're brothers, we'll always be brothers. I'll always be there for him and as I know, he'll always be there for me.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
“We don't see each other as much as we used to because we're so busy but I love him dearly.”
And since the emergence of extracts published by The Times from Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand's Finding Freedom book, an even brighter light has shined on the reported rifts between Harry and his brother William.
The biography has claimed that Meghan and Harry felt “cut adrift” and “frustrated” by their roles within the royal family, and excerpts from the book has claimed Harry felt “frustrated” that he and his wife took a “back seat” to other members of the royal family despite their popularity.
It’s understood Harry and Meghan were upset as they were told to wait to announce projects as senior royals like Prince Charles and Prince William’s appearances and announcements were prioritised.
Prince Harry thought that his brother was a "snob” in regards to his now-wife Meghan Markle, the new biography also claimed.
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In an extract from the biography, it claims that Prince William warned his brother to take things slow when it came to the American actress and a senior royal also referred to her as “Harry’s showgirl”.
The Duke of Sussex was reportedly “pi****d off” with his older brother and “could see through” his words when he told Harry not to “rush this“ and “take as much time as you need to get to know this girl” as he was worried he might be “blinded by lust”.
The biographers then went on to claim in their book that Prince Harry thought he was condescending and ultimately “being a snob”.
Additionally another insider revealed: “Harry was pi****d off. Pi****d off that his brother would ask such a thing.
“Some felt it was an overreaction. But then, this sums them up as people – William, the calm and rational one, and Harry, who can't help but take things far too personally.”
Finding Freedom will be published and available to read on 11 August and you can get your hands on a copy in bookshops and online.
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