William and Harry’s Relationship Beyond Repair?

“It’s over”. The reconciliation between princes William and Henry, the two most famous brothers in the United Kingdom, seems impossible after the cascade of leaked revelations about the broken relationship between the future king and his younger brother.

A few days before the publication, on January 10, of Enrique’s memoirs, a book of more than 500 pages entitled “En la sombra” in Spanish, some excerpts published by the media expose without any filter the break between the two sons of Carlos III and the deceased Diana.
Enrique, now 38, calls Guillermo, two years his senior, “dear brother and archenemy.” He affirms that they came to blows in 2019 and that then Guillermo “threw him to the ground”.
“In the UK, rumors of feuds within the royal family are nothing new, but never of this magnitude,” Craig Prescott, a constitutional expert at Bangor University in Wales, told AFP. “It seems that the relationship between Princes Harry and William has broken down again and again beyond repair, at least for the moment,” he adds.

Diana would be “sad” 

In an interview that will be broadcast on Monday in the United States, Enrique admits that his mother Diana would be “sad” to see how the relationship between her two children has been strained. And he believes that she would know that “there are certain things that need to be fixed to heal the relationship.”
According to excerpts from the book made public, the Duke of Sussex talks about his frustration at growing up as the “spare” when his brother, “the heir”, was being groomed to become king.
For a long time, Guillermo and Enrique appeared very close in the eyes of the world. There are images that remain, such as that of the two teenagers walking with their heads down after their mother’s coffin in 1997.
There are also unimaginable anecdotes today: in 2011, for his brother’s wedding, Enrique is said to have delivered such an emotional speech – calling Guillermo “the perfect brother” – that it made his girlfriend Catalina cry.
But all that “is over”, headlined the British newspaper Daily Mirror on Friday, showing on the cover a photo of the two brothers in 1989, in which a five-year-old Enrique looks at his older brother with admiration. “You have sold your soul, Harry,” the Daily Express accused him.

“Reconciliation”

When the disagreements erupted in 2020 with the sudden departure of Harry and Meghan – a mixed-race American whom he married in 2018 – from the royal family, the extent of the damage was still unknown.
The break was consummated a year later. The couple, now based in the United States, accused the royal of callousness and racism in a shocking television interview.
“We are not a racist family at all,” replied Guillermo angrily, who together with Catalina cultivates the image of a couple with an impeccable sense of duty, while the highly influential British tabloid press lashes out at the behavior of Enrique and Meghan.
Since then, images of the two brothers together have been rare.
William, Harry, Catherine and Meghan appeared together again in public in September in Windsor after the death of Elizabeth II.
But this highly symbolic image, the first in two and a half years, fooled no one. A few days later, the Sussex dukes were relegated to second rank at the monarch’s funeral.
Enrique now repeats that he wants to make his “truth” known about what happened.
And he decided not to stay with the relatively bland six-hour documentary series released by Netflix in December, in which he and Meghan settled their scores with the media and the royal family. The duke already recounted in it that his older sister had yelled at him during a meeting about his departure from the monarchy.
However, he assures that he wants to “reconnect” with his brother and his father. He considers that the ball is now in his court and does not rule out attending the coronation of Carlos III in May.
“Many things can happen until then,” he says in an interview with the British channel ITV. What is not clear is if he will be invited.
This article is originally published on andina.pe

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