Prince Harry and Meghan Markle shared a shocking insight into their strained relationship with some members of the Royal Family during their bombshell interview with Oprah earlier this month. Speaking a year after stepping down as a senior royal, Harry admitted there has been “space” between him and William, but he hoped the pair could heal their strained relationship over time. However, William is said to be “more aligned” with the Queen after growing closer to her by helping the royals deal with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex departing from the Firm, according to sources.
A courtier told The Sunday Times: “That has changed the way the Queen sees him and values his input.”
A source also told the publication that William feels his relationship with his grandmother has “greatly improved” in recent years, especially as he prepares to become king.
William appears to already be carving his own path by deciding to take a different approach to ruling than the Queen, who always puts her position “above politics”.
Sources added the Duke wants to offer a “more private, robust challenging of advice”.
This is due to William reportedly being concerned the Queen was left with “no choice” but to agree to Boris Johnson’s request to prorogue Parliament in 2019.
But Miguel Head, who worked for William between 2008 and 2018, said: “When he gets the top job he won’t do away with it all.
“He is mindful that the monarchy represents something timeless that’s above all of us, and many people like the magic and theatre of it.”
William is also reportedly planning to reunite publicly with Harry in July as they will stand together at the unveiling of a statue for their late mother, Princess Diana, at Kensington Palace, on what would have been Diana’s 60th birthday.
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Harry told Oprah he was on a “different path” to William, who will one day be king.
He said: “As I’ve said before, I love William to bits. He’s my brother.
“We’ve been through hell together. I mean, we have a shared experience. But we’re on different paths.
“The relationship is space at the moment. And time heals all things, hopefully.”
The Duke also added he felt trapped in the Royal Family and shared his “compassion” for his brother and father Prince Charles being unable to leave their roles.
He said: “My father and my brother, they are trapped. They don’t get to leave. And I have huge compassion for that.”
William was also the first royal to publicly speak about Harry’s claims as he visited an east London school with his wife Kate shortly after the interview was aired in the UK.
A reporter asked the Duke of Cambridge if he had spoken to Harry yet, but William replied: “No, I haven’t spoken to him yet but I will do.”