Пн. Май 20th, 2024

They were once the ideal picture of brotherhood, siblings who had come through thick and thin together, earning the respect and adoration of the public in the process.

Sadly, the fractious nature of Prince William and Prince Harry’s relationship has these days become the object of tabloid scrutiny. Though no one really knows how deep the wounds go apart from the brothers themselves, one thing that is for certain is that they’re worlds away from the bond they shared throughout the trials of their youth.

And that doesn’t look like changing anytime soon, not even given the exceptional circumstances the British Royal Family currently find themselves staring at.

I highly doubt I’m the only one that had hoped there might be a reprieve in the now-years-long, tension-fueled stand-off between Harry and William in the wake of all that’s gone on in 2024.

Not only has their father, King Charles, revealed to the world that he’s undergoing treatment for an unspecified form of cancer, but now William’s wife, Kate Middleton, has opened up on her own health woes too.

On Friday the Princess of Wales appeared in a video to finally reveal the reason for the lengthy period of recovery she has undergone since the abdominal surgery she was hospitalized for in January.

Kate bravely announced to the world that she, too, has cancer, and in doing so put paid to the myriad conspiracy theories that seemed to be evolving in their absurdity with each passing week.

Moving forward the focus will be on Kate’s fight against – and ideally subsequent recovery from – cancer. It should go without saying that she’ll have the support of the British public, as well as the royal network made up of her family members.

This week it’s been reported that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had attempted to put aside any differences between they and the Waleses in sending a clear message of support. Following the announcement of Kate’s diagnosis, Harry and Meghan issued a formal statement, though it’s also now been said that the couple “reached out privately” as well.

LILLE, FRANCE – APRIL 09: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry walk through a trench during the commemorations for the 100th anniversary of the battle of Vimy Ridge on April 9, 2017 in Lille, France. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, royal expert and author Tom Quinn said: “Harry and Meghan have been in contact with William, but their private message was simply one of sympathy and didn’t include any suggestion the brothers should make up and let bygones be bygones or that Harry should fly back to the UK soon.”

Interestingly, Quinn also said that William had responded to his brother’s messages, though not in the “warm, informal” way one might expect between adult siblings who have leant on one another for support many times in the past.

Quinn said: “There is just too much ill-feeling for that. William, who is still hurt by everything Harry has said in the past, has responded, but the response is very much engineered by the palace and it’s hardly the kind of warm, informal response you would expect from one brother to another. It’s more like the sort of communication you would get between two slightly wary diplomats.”

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 19: Prince William, Prince of Wales and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022 in London, England. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on 21 April 1926. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and ascended the throne of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth on 6 February 1952 after the death of her Father, King George VI. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

Just what has been said between Harry and William of late will likely never pass into the realms of public knowledge. There are conflicting reports as to when exactly Harry and Meghan were informed of Kate’s cancer, with certain sources suggesting they were entrusted with the news before Kate’s viral video on Friday. Others, however, claim that the Sussexes found out in real-time along with the general public.

I for one hope Prince William and Prince Harry can set aside their differences and rebuild any and all bridges burned in the future. Do you think that’s possible? Let us know in the comments box.

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