The Queen's big monarchy decision is 'driving a wedge' between Prince Harry and William

Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (L) and Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the unveiling of a statue of their mother, Princess Diana at The Sunken Garden in Kensington Palace, London on July 1, 2021
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The Queen’s decision to announce that Duchess Camilla will become Queen Consort when Prince Charles becomes King is "driving a wedge" between Prince Harry and William, according to royal experts.

In celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee (opens in new tab), Her Majesty announced that it was her "sincere wish" that Camilla becomes Queen Consort (opens in new tab) when Prince Charles becomes King.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry leave the Grenfell Tower National Memorial Service held at St Paul's Cathedral on December 14, 2017 in London, England.

The Queen's decision prompted Charles to pen a tribute to his ‘darling wife’ (opens in new tab). However, experts warn that the announcement could be "driving a wedge" between his sons, Prince William and Harry, who already have a strained relationship.

Royal author Christopher Andersen told US Weekly (opens in new tab) that the news will not have helped the situation between the "feuding brothers".

He explained, “It’s just whether or not they can get over this bad feeling. Then, of course, the Queen's health and these other considerations are there.” 

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge watch a flypast to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force from the balcony of Buckingham Palace on July 10, 2018 in London, England.

He continued, “I don’t think it helped with the Queen announcing that Duchess Camilla will be Queen Consort and that’s another issue, I can tell you right now that the boys were completely blindsided by this.” 

It was thought that the pair were preparing to "thrash it out" (opens in new tab) with Prince William said to be sending subtle signs he wanted to mend their relationship (opens in new tab) with Harry set to make his big return to the UK. Now it seems Camilla’s new role may have thrown a spanner in the works.

The idea of the rift between the Sussexes and The Firm worsening will no doubt worry Prince Charles who is already concerned over Harry’s upcoming memoir (opens in new tab). He reportedly fears that Harry will "publicly blame" Camilla for his childhood pain. (opens in new tab)