Insiders say the Queen has convened an emergency family summit with Prince Harry, Prince William, and Prince Charles on Monday at her estate in Sandringham, following Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s announcement that they planned to take some space from royal life. Apparently, the whole situation has been tough on Prince William who, according to a source, has been feeling “sad” about his brother’s decision and their supposed rift in general.
An unidentified friend speaking to The Sunday Times said that William had previously told them, “I’ve put my arm around my brother all our lives, and I can’t do that anymore. . . I’m sad about that.” He reportedly continued, “All we can do, and all I can do, is try and support them and hope that the time comes when we’re all singing from the same page. I want everyone to play on the team.”
Rumors of distance between the two brothers began circling after Prince Harry married Markle. Because there were two growing families, the palace split up their households to better accommodate staff, duties, and royal responsibilities. It was a logical step, but it didn’t help quell the gossip, which Prince Harry addressed directly during the documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey. While he confirmed that perhaps there had been issues, he stressed they’d always have a bond.
“Inevitably stuff happens. But we’re brothers; we’ll always be brothers,” Prince Harry said at the time. “We’re certainly on different paths at the moment. I’ll always be there for him and as I know, he’ll always be there for me. We don’t see each other as much as we used to because we’re so busy, but I love him dearly.” It’s unclear how the meeting among the royals is going to shake out, so there could still be a chance they find something that works for everyone in the new arrangement.