Prince William and Prince Harry’s inseparable childhood bond revealed in unearthed note from Princess Diana

Diana, Princess of Wales with her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, at the piano in Kensington Palace
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Prince William and Prince Harry’s relationship is said to have been strained recently, but according to an unearthed note written by Princess Diana, they were once inseparable.

Prince William and Prince Harry have been surrounded by rumours of a so-called “rift” ever since the Sussexes’ Oprah interview aired. Opening up to the talk show host, Harry described his brother as “trapped” in the royal institution. Though Prince Harry could still be king (opens in new tab), he and Meghan have settled in their new LA home (opens in new tab) and are embracing life since stepping back (opens in new tab) as senior members of the Royal Family. 

It’s been suggested that Harry’s interview comments, as well as his and Meghan’s decision to step back, caused some tension between him and William. However, the brothers supposedly “broke the ice” at Prince Philip’s funeral (opens in new tab) ahead of their big reunion for the unveiling of a memorial statue (opens in new tab) of Princess Diana this summer.  

And the thought of Princess Diana bringing William and Harry closer is even more meaningful given their childhood bond. 

Prince William And Prince Harry Playing On A Rocking Horse In Their Playroom At Kensington Palace

As reported by Hello! magazine, part of a letter written by the late Princess of Wales revealed their adorable relationship. 

In it, she wrote: 'William adores his little brother and spends the entire time swamping Harry with an endless supply of hugs and kisses, hardly letting the parents near!'

According to the publication, this heart-warming letter was written in March 1985, just six months after Harry was born. The brothers are understood to have remained close throughout their childhood. They then went on to support each other following the tragic loss of Diana.

Harry even gave William their mother’s sapphire engagement ring (opens in new tab) to propose to Kate Middleton with.

Prince William and Kate Middleton pose for photographs in the State Apartments of St James Palace on November 16, 2010 in London, England

And Princess Diana continues to bring them closer to this day. The brothers reportedly approving the final design for her memorial statue together ahead of the unveiling in July. 

Meanwhile, despite Harry describing his and William’s relationship at the time as “space” to Oprah, he also expressed his love for his big brother.

“As I’ve said before, I love William to bits. He’s my brother. We’ve been through hell together”, Harry shared, before going on to express his hope that “time heals all things”. 

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