Although, according to the royal entourage, there have been tensions between Prince William (38) and Prince Harry (36) for a while, the first step towards reconciliation seems to have been taken. According to the British newspaper Daily Mail, the brothers sent Christmas presents to each other in an attempt to bury the hatchet.
It has been clear for some time that things are no longer really going well between the once so close brothers William and Harry. According to historian Robert Lacey (76), the first cracks date back to 2005, when Harry made the papers’ front pages in a Nazi costume. “He had chosen the costume in consultation with his older brother,” the Briton wrote.
“That William came out of the affair unharmed, Harry thought was not fair. It made him feel vengeful and even alienated. For the first time in their lives, their relationship really suffered. They barely spoke to each other. Harry hated the fact that William got away w ith it so easily.”
The fact that the prince and his wife Meghan Markle (39) decided to retire as senior royals earlier this year only widened the split. But according to biographer Andrew Morton (67), who previously wrote the book ‘Diana: Her True Story’ and follows the royal family closely, reconciliation is now in the works.
“Harry and Meghan have sent gifts to William and his family,” he told the Daily Mail. “They found the gifts in an exclusive boutique near Santa Barbara, the Duke of Sussex’s new home. There were also handwritten notes from Meghan for Kate and William’s children: Prince George (7), Princess Charlotte (5), and Prince Louis (2). Harry, in turn, also got presents from his brother.”
There was no official response from the royal palace about the gift exchange. But according to Morton, Harry plans to have a good virtual conversation with William and his father Charles (72) over the Christmas season. Because of the corona crisis, celebrating together is obviously not possible. Now that measures have also been tightened up in Britain, each member of the royal family will spend Christmas with their own family.