The death of their grandmother Elizabeth ensured that Princes William and Harry stood side by side again on Saturday. Along with their wives, they thanked the public for their support. But do they also find something to hold on to, and does that mean their fight is over?By Danja Koeleman
A week ago, it still seemed like an unrealistic scenario: William and Catherine arrived with Harry and Meghan Markle.
However, it happened last Saturday. William and Catherine had already announced that they would be coming to Windsor Castle in the afternoon to thank fans for the messages of support surrounding Elizabeth’s passing.
There was an unexpected change at the last minute. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle also turned up at Windsor Castle, an hour later than planned. The sight of these four together came as a surprise, also because it had been a while since they appeared together.
The decision would have been made by William at the last minute. “He wanted to form a unit with the family at this difficult time,” a royal family source told British media.
Together they looked at the messages of support at Windsor Castle – including notes – and spoke to fans who had flocked to the venue in droves. Although they were close together and there was certainly no hostile atmosphere, they were primarily concerned with the audience and not with each other.
The performance immediately started the rumor mill. Did that mean everything is back to normal between William and Harry? The two brothers have been at odds with each other for some time. The first stories about this went around when Prince Harry started a relationship with Meghan Markle. His older brother did not like the relationship.
Harry and William were seen less often together, and in October 2019 Harry confirmed that their bond had indeed deteriorated. “We’re brothers, we’ll stay brothers. We’re actually going down different paths in our lives right now, but we’ll always be there for each other.” He said that in the documentary that was made about him and his wife about their trip in Africa. “Most stories in the press are not based on anything. But you know, like your brothers, you have good days and bad days.”
Time heals all wounds
In early 2020, Harry and Meghan announce that they are stepping down and relinquishing their royal duties. According to the tabloid press, this decision was made because “Harry would have been bullied out of the family by William”. The brothers issued a joint statement calling this rumor “nonsense”. In March of the same year, the two brothers and their wives are seen together for the last time during Commonwealth Day.
One step forward to March 2021. Harry and Meghan do their much talked about interview with Oprah Winfrey, where the prince also deepens his relationship with his brother. In this he confirms once again that they are estranged from each other. “I love him, he’s my brother. We’ve been through a lot together. But we’re in different stages of our lives and see each other very little. Hopefully time heals all wounds.”
Harry now lives in America, which will not have contributed to their bond. They run into each other several times shortly after the Oprah interview. The first time is during the funeral of their grandfather Philip, where they keep a lot of distance. Then they see each other during the unveiling of the statue of their late mother Diana, and even then the atmosphere seems tense.
Harry is on the move
“This is undoubtedly an important moment for the bond between the two brothers,” said Omid Scobie, who wrote the biography To find freedom wrote about Harry and Meghan. “Like Prince Philip’s funeral, these are moments when family members can put aside their mutual problems for a while to focus on their loss.”
Time will tell if there really is a reconciliation between the two brothers. It is certain that they often meet in the run-up to Elizabeth’s funeral, on Monday 19 September.
“William took an important initiative by inviting Harry on Saturday,” said Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of the British magazine. majesty. “Now it’s up to Harry to take the next step.”