After Prince William and Kate Middleton got married in 2011, fans loved the fact that they remained close to Prince Harry. The trio appeared at many events together and often showed that they were a tight unit.
When Prince Harry married Meghan Markle in 2018, many people were hoping for the four of them to be close as well. The media even calls them the “Fab Four.”
However, it’s clear that the relationship between these royals now is a bit rocky. Insiders have also shared that, while fans love to imagine that they might have all been friends at one point, the truth is that the Fab Four was never a real unit, to begin with.
Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton were said to be feuding last year
There have been reports that Duchess Meghan and Duchess Kate were not exactly warm and friendly towards each other, especially in the events leading up to Markle’s wedding last year.
Sources claimed that Markle made Middleton cry during a dress fitting for Princess Charlotte. Meanwhile, there were also rumors that Middleton once yelled at Markle when the Duchess of Sussex spoke harshly to the Duchess of Cambridge’s staff member.
Both the press and royal fans ran wild with these stories. However, after Markle gave birth to her first child in May, she and Middleton seemed to be on much better terms with each other. The two duchesses were seen at a few events together during the summer and there was nothing but friendly vibes.
Sources say that Prince William and Prince Harry have been at odds for a few years
These days, many people believe that Markle and Middleton’s “feud” was not what caused the Fab Four to be distant from each other. In fact, the real culprit might have been Prince William and Prince Harry’s relationship.
According to a report recently published by People, Prince William and Prince Harry have been growing apart for some time now due to how different they are.
“After the death of their mother, Princess Diana, in 1997, the two brothers were thrown together by the tragedy of their childhood,” royal historian Robert Lacey said. “But it’s inevitable, as they grow up and develop different personalities, that synchronicity won’t apply anymore.”
Another insider also pointed out that Prince Harry and Markle’s marriage plays a role in this division, saying: “As is often the case in any family, when one of your siblings gets married, there’s always a period of readjustment.”
Prince William’s role in the royal family affected the prince’s relationship as well. A source noted: “William is the future King. There is going to be some competitiveness between him and Harry. That already puts a rock in the relationship.”
Can the Fab Four ever be close?
It seems that the four of them are still trying to figure out where they stand in each other’s lives. And it’s entirely possible they were never really close, to begin with.
Given all the big events that they have been experiencing these past couple of years, they are also trying to adjust themselves and their relationships. And if reports are true that Prince William and Prince Harry conflicted over Meghan Markle, then it’s plausible the four were never friends.
The four of them were seen at Remembrance Sunday together back in November. However, there was not any noticeable friendliness between them.
Royal experts believe that they can be on good terms in the future, but they might not be in the best state for mending their relationships right now.
“Just on a human level, if you take everything else out of the equation, I don’t think they’re in very good shape to deal with anything right now,” a friend of the royals told People. “Everyone is hoping that they will come back from this break stronger than ever, and maybe with some time out of the spotlight, they can figure out what path to take next.”