PUBLISHED: 10:29, Thu, Sep 3, 2020 | UPDATED: 10:30, Thu, Sep 3, 2020
William and Harry’s relationship has been closely watched over the last few years as the once-close brothers have drifted apart. Reports of huge feuds have emerged with many believing the brothers were struggling to work together, triggering the break-up of the Royal Foundation and leading to the formation of the Sussex Royal Foundation. The last time they were seen in public together, back in March, the brothers appeared to exchange a frosty glance and little else.
Although it is often believed that Harry’s whirlwind romance with Meghan Markle was the initial source of the tension, other reports suggest their relations were strained for years beforehand due to tensions over royal engagements.
For instance, Harry was appointed to be the Commonwealth Youth Ambassador by the Queen in January 2018.
This was a staggering honour, as 60 percent of the Commonwealth’s 2.4 billion citizens are under the age of 29.
Meghan was later made an ambassador herself, after supporting Harry in the role.
Prince William and Prince Harry's rift has been well-documented (Image: Getty)
William and Harry used to very close prior to Meghan's introduction into the Royal Family (Image: Getty)
However, William was allegedly hoping to be bestowed with the honour instead of Harry.
The Sun reported later in 2018: “Wills’ nose was reportedly put out of joint when the Queen gave the plum job to his brother instead of him.”
Courtiers said that William had to be pushed into doing anything for the Commonwealth after that.
Still, the Duke of Cambridge could have vetoed the appointment if he had wanted, according to aides, but that would have undoubtedly escalated tensions.
The following month, in February 2018, the brothers took part in the first and last Royal Foundation Forum.
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Harry, Meghan, Kate and William taking part in the first and last Royal Foundation Forum in February 2018 (Image: Getty)