Prince Harry said his ‘main role in life was to support Prince William’ before their feud, royal photographer claims ‘They were inseparable’
Royal photographer Arthur Edwards hopes to see Prince William and Prince Harry reconcile, but admits that at the moment he doesn’t see it happening.
Harry and his wife Meghan Markle, who left the royal family in March 2020 before moving to start a new life in California, have had everyone talking since the release of their bombshell Netflix documentary earlier this month.
The doc has seen Harry make numerous statements about the royal family, as well as talk about his relationship with his brother William.
Edwards, who worked as a royal photographer for The sun since 1975 and has a new book called Behind the Crown: My Life Photographing the Royal Familyrecount Fox News Digital that the brothers were « inseparable ».
The photographer, who has covered over 200 royal tours in over 120 countries, as well as seven royal weddings, seven births and four funerals, remembers Harry and Meghan: “I went everywhere with them. They were just sensational. They were like rock stars. The children were crazy about them. Meghan was brilliant.
“She was taking selfies with them, signing autographs, posing – she was just having a fabulous time with people. … They went everywhere and people loved them. But towards the end, when she got pregnant [with her firstborn, Archie], it has changed. It was less fun. And then the last [royal] tour, it was just miserable. [Harry] completely changed. He cut himself off from the media. … One day he just stopped talking to us. He just cut us all dead.
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Edwards adds of William and Harry: “The brothers were so close. They did everything together. They were absolutely inseparable. I remember Harry making a speech when he was about 25, 26, saying his main role in life was to support William because he knew William was going to be king one day.
« He would need Harry to back him up. » … When [Kate Middleton] arrived, all three worked tirelessly for their mental health charity. At the same time, Harry was doing his own charity work. There is now a bitterness that did not exist before. I remember seeing them playing football together, riding horses together – they were always together. For the moment, I do not see them reconciling, but I cross my fingers.
Edwards goes on to say of Meghan, who has been open about the effect the constant criticism she received had on her mental health: « I just remember she was fantastic for those first 18 months.
« I mean, even though she’s an actress, but I thought she was just gifted. They were stars. … This schism between the two brothers is very strong. They’re both a bit fiery. brothers yell at each other but you don’t normally hang out and share it with the rest of the world You get over it, you apologize, you go down to the pub and fix it But this one is gonna take a lot of sort, I’m afraid.
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He tells the publication that Harry had a good relationship with the British press.
Edwards explains, « At the end of [our trip to Colorado Springs]Harry said: ‘All meet at the pub tonight at 6.’
“And we all met at the pub. He introduced himself, and we had an hour and a half of exchanging ideas, exchanging points of view…but there was also a lot of laughter. And at the end of it all, Harry took the note. We did that there, we did that in Australia, we did that in Jamaica, we did that everywhere we went with him.
« With Meghan, everything just stopped overnight. And I’m sad because Harry had a great relationship with the media. He’s a gifted young man who engaged so much with people. He could bring out things off his chest, and you didn’t mind. You could do the same thing, and he wouldn’t mind. … When I look at him now, he seems so unhappy.
In the final episodes of ‘Harry & Meghan’ which were released on December 15, Harry claimed ‘it was terrifying’ when William allegedly yelled and yelled at him during the ‘Sandringham Summit’ meeting with Charles and the Queen regarding his royal exit and that of Meghan. .
The Duke of Sussex also suggested that the brothers had previously reached an agreement over press briefings and that it « was heartbreaking » that William objected.
Tensions were already running high within the royal family after Oprah Winfrey’s revealing interview of Harry and Meghan aired in March 2021.
Harry is also set to publish his memoir Spare January 10.