Kate Middleton was the sister Prince Harry never had but the royal rift has changed everything

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the ANZAC Day Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey on April 25, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.
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Prince Harry used to think of Kate Middelton as ‘the sister’ he never had’ but that those days are now over, a royal expert says.

Expert on the monarchy, Duncan Larcombe, said events like Kate’s 40th birthday show just how much things have changed between Harry, William and Kate since Harry and Meghan's big exit from The Firm.

There has been ongoing reports of rifts within the royal family, especially between Harry and his brother Prince William, since he and Meghan stepped back as senior royals in 2020 and gave their bombshell, tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey last year. 

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (C), Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (R) and Britain's Prince Harry (L) look down the track as they attend a training event to promote the charity Heads Together, at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London

Speaking ahead of Kate's milestone birthday this month, Duncan said, "It will be very interesting to see what messages Harry and Meghan send Kate. This is the problem, as the rift continues, as the war between the boys seems to show no sign of finishing, days like Kate's 40th birthday milestone immediately become events that can be contrasted with how it used to be."

Speaking to OK! he continued to add, "Kate was, as Harry said, the sister he never had, and clearly that is not the case anymore.

"There was a time when Harry would have been instrumental in any celebrations or any fun that the couple was having, but those days are long in the past."

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a service marking the centenary of WW1 armistice at Westminster Abbey on November 11, 2018 in London, England.

Prince William has reportedly been very protective of his wife, since Meghan claimed in the Oprah interview that she was the one that made her cry. Duncan previously claimed that this was likely stopping the brothers from healing their rift.

We could be set to see a change in their relationships, however, as Harry and Meghan are gearing up to make their big return to the UK for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. After her Majesty ‘extended an olive branch’ by inviting them to the huge royal event in the summer.

Naomi Jamieson
Lifestyle News Writer

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Lifestyle team and has recently earned her Gold Standard Diploma in Journalism from the NCTJ. She has a background in design, having studied Illustration at Plymouth University but has taken a leap into the world of journalism after always having a passion for writing. She currently writes pieces on beauty, fashion, and entertainment for Goodto.com and My Imperfect Life.