Prince William was reportedly worried about his younger brother’s romance with Meghan Markle because it was too fast for him. He tried to convince Prince Harry to slow down and asked their uncle’s help.
Prince William and Prince Harry were very close growing up. Their tight bond was evident even after the older royal got married. Prince Harry was dubbed Kate Middleton and Prince William’s third wheel. But that changed when he met Meghan Markle.
Robert Lacey detailed Prince Harry and Prince William’s rumored rift in his book Battle of Brothers: William and Harry – the Inside Story of a Family in Tumult. The book is serialized on Daily Mail.
Prince William felt Harry and Meghan’s romance was too fast
Prince William and Kate Middleton dated for almost a decade before he popped the big question to the duchess. Due to the long wait, Middleton earned the moniker “Waity Katie.”
So, when the future king realized that his younger sibling was planning to marry Meghan Markle less than two years since they met, it alarmed him. Prince William convinced Prince Harry to wait a little longer and not rush things with his girlfriend. He was thinking that they still didn’t know Markle that much.
William involved Uncle Charles
The Duke of Cambridge did all he can to convince Prince Harry to slow down but to no avail. So, he turned to Princess Diana’s brother – Uncle Charles Spencer.
Kate Middleton’s husband shared his concerns with their uncle who agreed with him. Uncle Charles spoke with Prince Harry, but the latter was infuriated because his brother involved their uncle.
According to Robert Lacey, Princess Diana’s younger brother played something like an honorary godfather to both boys since their mom died. But when Uncle Charles intervened it only resulted in a bitter explosion between the two royal siblings.
Prince Harry refused to slow down and he didn’t blame his uncle. But he was furious with his elder brother for dragging other family members into the issue.
Did Princess Diana play a role in the siblings’ rift?
Prince William’s being overprotective to his brother was due to Princess Diana’s advice. The late Princess of Wales told William to marry someone he could consider his best friend.
Princess Diana reportedly felt that things could have worked between her and Prince Charles if they had been friends. But they barely know each other and their marriage ended in divorce.
She didn’t want her sons to suffer the same fate, so she convinced Prince William to befriend someone before marrying her. That’s what happened between him and Middleton. And that’s the reason he didn’t want Prince Harry to rush things with Meghan Markle.
“According to one of the Princess’s circle, William’s concern about Harry marrying Meghan so quickly was probably because of that maternal advice about marrying someone you know well,” royal commenter Richard Kay wrote.
Unfortunately, Prince Harry allegedly didn’t appreciate his brother’s suggestion. And it tore them apart.
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