PRINCE HARRY was “envious” of Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge for a long time because of their bond, former Princess Diana butler Paul Burrell claimed.
Prince Harry and Prince William officially broke their households apart earlier this year as the brothers increase preparations to take on their future royal roles. News of the split however fulled speculation the relationship between the Dukes had become patchy since the arrival of Meghan Markle in Harry’s life. But Paul Burrell, a close confidante and butler to Princess Diana, claimed the Duke of Sussex had been “envious” of his brother for a “long time” because of his relationship with Kate Middleton.
Speaking to Yahoo’s The Royal Box, Mr Burrell said: “I think for a long time Harry has looked at his brother and envied him and thought ‘I’d like some of that, I’d like a nice family around me.’
“And now he has it, so it’s the beginning of the future for Harry.”
Prince William and Kate tied the knot in 2011 after several years of dating since meeting at the University of St. Andrews. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge through the years have welcomed three children – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
Prince Harry confirmed his relationship with then-actress Meghan Markle when he had Kensington Palace issue a plea for their privacy in November 2016. The pair have since married and welcomed a child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
Prince Harry was “envious” of William and Kate, Burrell claimed (Image: GETTY)
Prince Harry had wanted a “nice family” for himself, Burrell added (Image: GETTY)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex last year were granted their personal household separate from William and Kate’s and later announced they would move from Kensington Palace where they shared quarters with the Cambridges.
And last month Harry and Meghan split from The Royal Foundation and put an end to their charity collaboration with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Buckingham Palace stated the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will leave the organisation in a move “designed to best complement the work and responsibilities” the couples have.
But Mr Burrell insisted the decision to take their separate paths should not be interpreted as a sign Harry and William do not have a strong relationship.
He continued: “I don’t think that anything will ever split those boys, I think their mother’s death cemented them together forever.
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Prince Harry and Prince William will attend a charity polo match together next week (Image: GETTY)
“Until their mother’s death, they were very individual boys, now I think they are very close.
“Of course Harry always wanted a family, now he has one, there’s every reason to think the two families will come together.”
Indeed the brothers will attend the Khun Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Memorial Polo Trophy on July 10 at the Billingbear Club in Berkshire together. It is unclear whether or not they will be in the same team or if their wives, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan Markle will attend.
The tournament is named after former Leicester City football owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha who was a keen polo player.
Mr Srivaddhanaprabha tragically died along with four others in a helicopter crash in October after leaving the King Power Stadium following his teams Premier League match with West Ham United.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcomed their son Archie less than a year after their wedding (Image: GETTY)
And William and Kate will attend their nephew Archie’s Christening at St. George’s Chapel on July 6.
The couple is not believed to be in line to become godparents to baby Archie, as siblings traditionally have other family members or close friends take on the important role.
Other family members will also attend the small service Meghan and Harry have organised in the spot they got married in last year.
Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall are expected to travel from their London home to Windsor for the ceremony but the Queen may miss the service due to previous engagements.
Many hoped his christening maybe the first time members of the public would get to see Archie and about with his parents, but this will not be the case.
Instead, it is believed just 25 guests will attend the service which will be hidden far from public view within the walls of Windsor Castle.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK