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Kate heartbreak: Duchess working ‘behind the scenes’ to end William and Harry feud

Kate Middleton is ‘peacemaker’ with Harry and William says expert

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Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, 39, is “absolutely heartbroken” to see Prince Harry and Prince William fall out. Kate spoke to the brothers after Prince Philip’s service on Saturday before stepping back enabling them to speak to each other. Royal expert Katie Nicholl praised the Duchess and said she played a “very effective” role in bringing the feuding brothers together.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Ms Nicholl said: “It’s always been my understanding that behind the scenes, Kate has tried very hard to act as a peacemaker between William and Harry.

“She loves Harry. He says she’s the sister he never had.

“She’s absolutely heartbroken to see they’ve fallen out and one of the few family members who were actually able to push the brothers together which she did in a very subtle way.

“But it was very effective and then she stepped back and enabled the brothers to walk together up the hill.

“I certainly she played quite an important role in getting the brothers to the point where they were able to engage in a conversation.

“Of course, in front of the world’s press, everyone was watching.”

It comes amid claims Prince Charles sent cars away from the funeral to force the brothers to walk together.

Royal expert Dickie Arbiter explained the conversation between Harry and William would have been an icebreaker as the relationship between the two has soured in recent weeks.

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Speaking to ITV’s Good Morning Britain, he said: “The cameras were not on them very long but we did see a certain amount of animated conversation.

“And I would be very surprised if they didn’t spend time during and after talking.

“Unfortunately funerals bring families together but something happened which was probably Prince Charles’s initiative.

“The cars were sent back so everybody had to walk 200 metres back to the castle – it was a good icebreaker.”

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The brothers, whose fraught relationship has been characterised by internal rowing, could be seen chatting together after the service concluded.

William paused briefly to walk in step with his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, and his younger brother, as the mourners made their way out of St George’s Chapel in the spring sunshine.

Though still wearing his face mask, Harry appeared to smile briefly in the direction of Kate, his sister-in-law, as the three strolled together, away from the rest of the family.

Though the content of their conversation could not be heard, such civility is likely to be welcomed by many as a tacit thawing of the brothers’ frosty relationship.

Moments later the brothers walked together, alone, with Kate in conversation with Zara Tindall, William and Harry’s cousin.

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