In the first public acceptance of a rift between the British royal brothers, Prince Harry admitted that he and William are travelling on ‘different paths’.
In a candid interview, the Duke of Sussex acknowledged there had been deepening tensions between himself and William, following months of speculation about the state of the brothers’ relationship.
He made the comments in a TV documentary broadcast this weekend where he also attacked the press over the public scrutiny that he and wife Meghan Markle have faced saying, ‘I will not be bullied into playing a game that killed my mum.’
The extraordinary attack against the media comes after he and Meghan launched legal action against several British newspapers.
When asked how much of the speculation about a rift with his brother was true, Harry pointedly refused to deny a falling out. The 35-year-old initially laughed in response to the question, then added:
‘Part of this role, part of this job and this family being under the pressure it is under, inevitably stuff happens. But look, we are brothers, we will always be brothers. We are certainly on different paths at the moment but I will always be there for him and, as I know, he will always be there for me.’
‘We don’t see as much as we used to because we are so busy but I love him dearly and the majority of stuff is created out of nothing. As brothers, you have good days, you have bad days.’
Harry’s comments came during an emotional interview with ITV presenter Tom Bradby – a long-time friend of the prince’s. Bradby’s hour-long documentary, ‘Harry & Meghan: An African Journey’, followed the royal couple during their official tour of Africa last month.
In the documentary, Harry described the way he deals with the pressures of his life as being a matter of ‘constant management’, adding: ‘I thought I was out of the woods and then suddenly it all came back, and this is something that I have to manage.
‘Part of this job, and part of any job, like everybody, is putting on a brave face and turning a cheek to a lot of the stuff, but again, for me and again for my wife, of course there is a lot of stuff that hurts, especially when the majority of it is untrue.
‘But all we need to do is focus on being real, and focus on being the people that we are, and standing up for what we believe in.
‘I will not be bullied into playing a game that killed my mum.’