Prince William's 'constant strain' sparked by 'stubbornness and regret'

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visits McLaren Automotive at the McLaren Technology Centre on September 12, 2017 in Woking, England.
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Prince William is said to be feeling "constant strain" over his and Prince Harry's fall-out, with the brothers' stubborn nature making it something they both can't forget about, according to a royal expert. 

Royal expert Duncan Larcombe claims the worsening rift with Harry is a "constant strain" on Prince William, who is believed to be feeling the absence of his brother in his life.

There have been reports of a royal rift in the family ever since the Sussexes stepped back as senior royals (opens in new tab) and gave their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey. 

Things have since only grown more tenuous after Harry announced that he is set to release a tell-all memoir (opens in new tab) that experts warn is driven by betrayal to uncover childhood trauma (opens in new tab).

Larcombe told OK (opens in new tab), "It’s very clear to those that know William that the rift with his brother is not something that he can just forget about. It's very much, as you can imagine, a constant strain. It is for Harry as well, they’re both as stubborn as mules. 

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (left) and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex arrive for the unveiling of a statue they commissioned of their mother Diana, Princess of Wales, in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace, on what would have been her 60th birthday on July 1, 2021 in London, England.

"That’s not great when two best friends and brothers fall out. If anybody knows what it’s like to fall out with a best friend or a brother who was close to you when you were growing up, it’s not nice. You miss them. There is a lot of regret there and I think it’s on both sides."

He then explained how everything seemed to be going right for William for his whole life, from university to his marriage, adding, "The one thing not going right for him is something that is deeply upsetting."

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry attend the opening of the Greenhouse Sports Centre on April 26, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

It was hoped that the brothers were set to reunite and ‘thrash it out (opens in new tab)’ after Harry made his big return to the UK (opens in new tab) for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. (opens in new tab) With William even sending subtle signs (opens in new tab) that he was ready to mend the rift. However, Harry’s plans remain uncertain.

Larcombe has warned that with, "Every week the rift continues, Harry and William are the two people who are missing out the most."