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Ever since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot in May 2018, there have been rumors regarding potential rifts within the royal family. From speculation about Markle and Kate Middleton not getting along, to a possible feud between Harry and his older brother, Prince William, the gossip has been constant. And just when fans of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex thought the rumor mill had reached its peak, the couple stepped down as senior members of the royal family and relocated from England to sunny Los Angeles, giving their sweet son, Archie, the chance to grow up in Meghan’s native home.

Of course, “Megxit” only intensified speculation about supposed discord between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the rest of the royals. Despite all the drama, Meghan and Harry have remained fairly mum amid the scrutiny, seemingly preferring to keep the focus on their beautiful family and their relationship.

Although there’s a good chance Meghan and Harry are eager to leave the unflattering narratives about their relationship behind, supposed insiders have continued to come forward with new allegations.

It’s clear Harry and Meghan come from different worlds. She’s an actor with humble beginnings, while he was world-famous at birth and grew up in Kensington Palace. It’s these differences that allegedly sparked red flags for Harry’s family, including Prince William, according to an excerpt from Royals at War: The Untold Story of Harry and Meghan’s Shocking Split with the House of Windsor by Dylan Howard and Andy Tillett. After Harry started dating Meghan in 2016, William supposedly asked his younger brother,

“Is she the right one?”

William’s questioning supposedly set Harry off and made him more protective of his budding romance. As Howard and Tillett claim in their book, Kate Middleton allegedly shared her husband’s concerns. Howard writes,

“She gently reminded [Harry] that he was dating someone with a completely different life, past, and career and it would take time, care and attention for them to integrate.”

Although some might perceive the couple’s warnings as intrusive, Tillett and Howard’s conversations with sources suggest they were well-meaning, even if Harry didn’t see it that way. An insider told the authors,

“It’s my opinion that Harry feels he couldn’t protect his mother, so he’s going all out to protect his wife. He is so sensitive he often sees criticism or negativity where there isn’t any.”

In the ITV documentary, Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, Prince Harry had nothing but kind things to say about Prince William. When asked about the alleged feud, he said,

“I’ll always be there for him and as I know, he’ll always be there for me. We don’t see each other as much as we used to because we’re so busy, but I love him dearly.”

However, Royals at War claims rifts within the royal family did emerge after Meghan became romantically involved with Harry. The kicker? The discord didn’t have to happen in the first place. Howard writes,

“The rifts that eventually opened up in the Royal family after Meghan arrived could have been avoided if Harry was able to empathize and take his brother’s concerns in the spirit they were intended.”

The good news is the two reportedly came to their senses shortly before Prince Harry’s move abroad. A supposed source told The Sun in January 2020,

“They decided to cut out all the toxic people stirring around them to deal with each other man-to-man as brothers. Of course there have been serious differences in opinions but the family warmth is back. And they’re sad they’re going to be so far apart.”

Now that Prince Harry has moved across the pond, Prince William has to make more of an effort to keep in touch with his little brother. And, as it turns out, William supposedly prefers to use a popular method of communication, the video conferencing app, Zoom. A source told The Sun’s Fabulous Digital in June 2020 that the brothers’ Zoom sessions are “low key and casual,” adding,

“There is nothing formal about these Zoom sessions. It’s about keeping in touch that’s important. Harry has spoken on Zoom to the Queen as well.”

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