Prince Harry and Prince William's rift is 'permanent' and 'never going to heal'

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Prince Harry and Prince William's close bond has gone (Image: Getty Images)

Prince Harry and Prince William's rift is "never going to heal," according to a royal expert.

It comes Prince Harry's book Spare included claims about his relationship with his brother. Duke of Sussex claims he was left battered and bruised when the Prince of Wales tossed him to the floor in a bitter fight two months before he and Meghan Markle, 41, left the royal family.

Although Harry, 38, was once his older brother's "wingman", the relationship became frayed in recent years and now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are not expected to be included in any royal gathering in September to commemorate the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Jennie Bond, former BBC royal correspondent, said she thinks this indicates their rift will remain "permanent" as "the rest of family have just moved on".

Speaking to GB News, the journalist said: "We all say, ‘oh, time will heal everything’. I think in this case it's not going to heal.

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"In fact, I think positions have become so entrenched that the rest of the family have just moved on and Charles, I exempt him a bit from this, because he's the dad and he still loves his boy obviously, but I think certainly between William and Harry there is no going back, and it's just a fait accompli now that they don't talk.

"They have no intention of talking, The two families go their own ways and I think that's how it's going to stay and time is making that more certain."

The Sussexes are set to be in Europe for the Invictus Games just one day after the one-year anniversary of Her Majesty's passing, but royal sources claim they will not be joining the rest of the Firm in mourning the late monarch next month, reports Daily Record.

Among those expected to attend the service on September 8 at Balmoral include King Charles and Queen Camilla, Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson. And Ms Bond, also a TV presenter, hopes Charles will continue to reach out to Harry and the estranged brothers will bury the hatchet, but she feels this is unlikely.

"I hope personally that Charles somehow reaches out to his son and continues to say he wants to see him, because I think that's what a dad has to do. But I don't think Harry's making it easy," Ms Bond added. "They've moved on, they've gone away from the toxicity that Harry and Meghan seem to spread amongst them and they've just let it go.

I’m sure there's great sadness within the family, that's the case but this happens in families, doesn't it?...I think it's clear that the majority, a large proportion of people in this country feel that Harry and Meghan have probably better where they are."

Tasha Hall

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