Since Prince Harry‘s birth in 1984, he and his older brother Prince William have basically been viewed by the public as a unit. They were the adorable boys heading off to school in their uniforms or on vacations to water parks with their mother, Princess Diana. And then of course, there is the indelible image of the two young princes walking behind their mother’s coffin in her funeral procession.
The world watched them grow up together and many feel deeply invested in their happiness. So when rumors surfaced of a rift between the brothers, it was vigorously covered in the press, even though neither prince had spoken out about it. Rumors often drive the story when it comes to the British royal family and there was speculation about the reasons behind the alleged split, including that it had something to do with their wives, Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton.
Now, Harry is opening up about the current state of his relationship with his brother in the new documentary, Harry & Meghan: An African Journey.
“Inevitably stuff happens. But we’re brothers, we’ll always be brothers,” Harry said. “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.”
“The majority of stuff is created out of nothing. As brothers, we have good days and we have bad days,” he continued.
So there you have it—royal brothers are just like regular siblings in that eventually their lives diverge and they start their own families and jobs—but that doesn’t necessarily mean there’s been a massive and dramatic flight. Of course, in most of our families, one person is not the future king of England and our internal dramas don’t play out on the front page of newspapers, but family is still family—for better or for worse.