Prince William and Prince Harry both grew up in the spotlight. They are the sons of one of Britain's most famous royal couples, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, and became even more beloved by the public after the untimely death of their mother in 1997.
Since that day, royal observers have felt protective of the brothers and worried about any threat to their happiness and well-being. Therefore, when rumors circulated for the first time on a break between the two men, people were devastated and ready to blame. However, their supposed "quarrel" seems to indicate only a natural shift in priorities as the brothers raise their respective families.
Why did Prince William and Prince Harry split their household?
For many years, Prince Harry was considered the "third wheel" of Prince William's relationship with Kate Middleton. His party-animal ways and bolder image meant he was not taken seriously by many members of the public. The fact that he was attached to no one allowed him to do more or less what he liked. He frequently frequented Prince William and his wife during a royal engagement and even shared an office with the couple.
However, since her marriage to Meghan Markle, Prince Harry seems to have matured considerably. He and Markle have made many trips alone and have been less and less photographed with Prince William and Kate Middleton. While many quickly realized that this meant that there was some kind of disagreement between the royal wives, the reality is that the couple has their own goals and motivators.
In March 2019, it was announced that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would formally separate from their household from those of Prince William and Kate Middleton and would retreat from the palace to a more private residence in the English countryside. The highly publicized split would allow Prince Harry and Markle to have their own independent offices and get some privacy. Which is more important than ever, considering that they were expecting a baby in May.
The royal brothers have different ambitions
Prince William should take the throne after the ascension of his father, Prince Charles. He was born and raised knowing that he is the apparent heir and has acquired a keen sense of responsibility. Prince Harry was not overwhelmed with such heavy weight. It is unlikely that he will ever take the throne, knowing that he is now in sixth place.
The different expectations of the brothers mean that each of them has distinct interests and ambitions to pursue. Prince William must remain focused on preparation for the throne and must abide by a very strict code of conduct. Prince Harry made it clear that he had more global ambitions and that he had focused on various charitable endeavors. More recently, he announced a top secret project with Oprah Winfrey. This is a documentary series sponsored by Apple, designed to highlight mental health issues. This is the kind of media-driven project that has come out of Prince William's wheelhouse – but it's perfect for his younger, community-oriented brother.
Recently, it was announced that the two royal couples would no longer work on their common charitable foundation. Their main objective would be to individually pursue the most important projects for each of them.
What's next for Prince William and Prince Harry?
Although it is likely that the brothers continue to move in different directions, the royal fans can be assured that they always have a deep love for them. They share a bond that will never be broken, despite the challenges that the royal life will launch.