Prince Harry’s “constant battles” with the media once prevented William from seeing him, according to an expert.
When the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped down as senior royals in 2020, the boys’ relationship notoriously began to fray.
Prince William is believed to have “barely spoken” to his brother since the publishing of his memoir Spare and a Netflix documentary with his wife, Meghan Markle.
In his book Spare, which was released in January of this year, Harry revealed how their fraternal connection fell apart, accusing William and his wife Princess Kate of being unwelcoming to his then-girlfriend Meghan.
He further claimed that an encounter between him and William turned physical in 2019, leaving Harry with apparent injuries.
According to a book, William messaged his brother the day after ITV broadcast a documentary in which Meghan revealed she was “not really OK” to ask if he might come and visit him, to which Harry replied, “Don’t come.”
In his 2022 book Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind the Crown, journalist, and author Valentine Low stated that the Duke was “concerned” that William’s team might leak the visit to the press.
He wrote: “He was so concerned that William’s team would leak the visit to the press that he would rather not see his brother than risk it getting into the papers… To everyone who knew what was going on, this was heartbreaking.”
The author went on to say that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were in a “fragile place” following the ITV interview in October 2019. They openly revealed their plans to go to the United States less than three months later.
A source from a royal staff member characterized Harry’s “constant battles” with the media in the book. “There were constant battles with the media, and expecting the team to be on your side,” a staff member told Mr Low.
“That was a big part of the relationship with the office, the battles he was fighting all the time. He was always on Twitter. You then had to be on everything, too. Every minor infraction was a big deal.”
In Spare, Harry was also critical of the press.
“The reality of both projects will actually see their harshest aims taken at the British press,” his friend and journalist Omid Scobie told Yahoo News UK.
“Hardly a surprise given the role sections of the media have played throughout his life and relationships.”