Prince William and Prince Harry were always destined for different paths. Harry, who leads with his instincts, sees his older brother as being hemmed in by protocol as the future monarch.
“Harry is very protective and quite rightly so,” says a household source. “The Royal Household can be like that. It must be a real culture shock for her.”
Despite the royal brothers’ very different roles – William is preparing for his role as the future king as Harry champions causes close to his heart as he adjusts to his new married life – longtime palace staffers had the “homogenous idea” of the two princes working in tandem. However, it’s now clear that with the additions their wives – and their growing families – a united foursome wasn’t tangible.
“It was only going to work until they married — and it went on a while longer than perhaps was originally thought,” one palace courtier says.
Last month, Meghan and Harry officially split from Kate and William, breaking up their joint “court” at Kensington Palace by creating two separate offices. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have since moved out of London to Windsor Castle’s Frogmore Cottage – about 25 miles away – and launched their own Instagram page.