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Prince Harry and Prince William ‘displayed huge affection’ despite royal rift claims

Prince William and Prince Harry lay wreaths at Cenotaph

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Harry has been embroiled in polls and petitions that have demanded that he and his wife Meghan Markle give up their royal titles following the Duke of Sussex’s explosive claims about his brother and father Prince Charles. Since quitting the Firm last year, Harry and Meghan claimed that someone in the Royal Family – though reportedly not the Queen or Prince Philip – made racist remarks about their son Archie’s skin tone. Meghan also said that pleas to “get help for her mental health were ignored”, and that “she felt suicidal” during her pregnancy with her first child. Harry then accused William and Charles of being “trapped in the system”, and that after going through “ancestral healing” he realised that his father “failed to break the cycle” surrounding mental health in the Royal Family.

William hit back at the claims, saying the royals are “very much not a racist family” after the comments emerged in March.

More recently, he gave an opening speech to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland where he appeared to debunk his younger brother’s claims.

During a CBS Special, Prince Harry said: “I guess the highlight for me [in LA] is sticking him [Archie] on the back of a bicycle in his little baby seat and taking him on bike rides which is something I was never able to do when I was young.”

However, pictures emerged which showed Harry did go on bike rides with his family — despite Harry maintaining that the monarchy would not allow him to enjoy the normal parts of growing up.

In William’s speech, he recounted a very different image of their childhood.

He told the General Assembly: “My childhood was full of holidays having fun in the fresh air and swimming in lochs, family BBQs with my grandfather in command, and yes — the odd midge.”

More than 40,000 people have signed a petition – that was launched by author, Lady Colin Campbell – for the Sussexes to voluntarily give up their titles.

But, before the fallout of Harry’s revelations, Megxit – the term coined for Harry and Meghan’s exit for the Firm and reports of a dispute between the brothers wives, Meghan Markle and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, the brother were still incredibly close.

In the documentary, ‘Harry and Meghan: The Price of Freedom’ royal correspondent, Shelagh Fogarty shared some insight into the brothers’ relationship before the rift.

Ms Fogarty said: “I think – when it comes to Prince Harry – it’s obvious that there’s huge affection between the two brothers.”

She further detailed the times that Harry would “encourage girls to scream” at his shy older brother because the Duke of Sussex knew “it would embarrass him.”

Ms Forgarty added: “[Harry] seems to be the more playful one and again that would bear out what the Princess of Wales said in that Panorama interview about Harry being more of a ‘Spencer Wild Child’ than William is.

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“I also get the impression – from the times we have seen the two talking to another, and about one another – because they’ve spoken about their closeness as brothers – you get the feeling that Prince William, for all his understanding of his role in the future he makes it very clear that he needs his brother and values that child-like fun element that’s in his life.”

The Susssexes relocated to California last year but Harry could reunite with William for the unveiling of their mother’s statue.

Princess Diana would have celebrated her 60th birthday in July but she was tragically killed in a car crash in Paris.

The brothers recently condemned Martin Bashir and the BBC following a report by Lord Dyson, into the 1995 Panoaroma interview that was conducted with Diana.

Lord Dyson, concluded that both the BBC and Mr Bashir used “deceit and fraud” to obtain access to the Princess of Wales.

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