Prince Louis’ ‘disadvantage’ to siblings Prince George and Princess Charlotte exposed
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Louis, two, has spent much less time with his uncle, Prince Harry, due to the growing tension between him and Prince William by the time he was born. What’s more, Harry, his wife Meghan Markle, and their son Archie have now moved to the US. When George and Charlotte were young, Harry reportedly used to drop by all the time and bring them gifts, but a rift started to grow between him and William after a conversation about Meghan.
According to Finding Freedom by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, William had taken Harry aside to express concern about the pace of his relationship with the American actress.
He told Harry to take as much time as he needed for them to get to know each other, but Harry was reportedly offended by the conversation, especially William’s use of the phrase “this girl”.
In the months after William expressed his concerns, Harry stopped visiting and the pair “barely spoke”.
This meant that Harry not only cut contact with his brother, but also Kate and the children.
Harry used to walk across the grounds of Kensington Palace, bringing gifts for his niece and nephew ‒ including a tricycle and an electric SUV ‒ but by summer 2017 he had practically cut all contact.
This was a two-way street however, as William and Kate also stopped inviting him.
As Louis was not born until the following spring, this meant resentment had grown on both sides by the time the little prince was even born.
The Finding Freedom authors wrote: “In the months after William talked to Harry about the relationship, the two hardly spoke.
“The brothers went from always making time for each other to barely spending any time together.
“Harry had always loved popping across the grounds of the Palace to see George and Charlotte, bringing them gifts that included an electric SUV for his nephew and a tricycle for Charlotte.
“But those visits came to a virtual halt by the summer of 2017.
“In fact, Harry had spent less time with Prince Louis than the others because of the growing tension between him and his brother after the baby’s birth on April 23, 2018.”
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While Louis never enjoyed time with his uncle where there was no tension between him and his father, George and Charlotte were four and two before this all started.
According to Finding Freedom, while the feud was mainly between the brothers, Kate did little to diffuse the situation.
She was “fiercely loyal” to her husband, despite the close relationship she had developed with Harry over the years ‒ and she and Meghan are said to be very different people.
The authors explained that, while Meghan and Kate were close in age, they met at different points in their lives.
What’s more, Kate’s role as wife to the second-in-line to the throne and mother of the third-in-line to the throne meant her life revolved around duty in a way that Meghan, as a slightly less senior royal, did not experience.
Mr Scobie and Ms Durand wrote: “Kate has been embedded in the Royal Family since she met William [at university].
“A mother of three (and mother of the heir to the throne), her life revolved around family and duty to the monarch and country.
“Kate and Meghan came from different backgrounds and have had vastly different life experiences.
“Kate was never interested in having a career, while that was always a driver for Meghan.”
However, Harry ignored those he felt were not being supportive, because he knew Meghan was “right for him”.
A source close to Harry said: “Nothing was going to get in the way of his happiness.”
Another source told the authors: “He understands that a lot of people are against them and he will do everything he can to keep her safe and away from getting hurt ‒ even if that means distancing himself from those people.”
‘Finding Freedom’ was written by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand and published by Dey Street Books in August 2020. It is available here.
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