Kate and Prince William set to move to Buckingham Palace
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In recent years, Prince William has been “catapulted into the hot seat” as the Queen hopes to include him in all aspects of decision-making within the monarchy. However, the Duke of Cambridge’s increased profile within the Royal Family bodes for “bad news” for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, whose decisions will no longer go through the “more easy-going” Queen, but will instead revert to Prince William.
A rift between Prince William and Prince Harry has been ongoing since the Sussexes decided to step down from their roles as senior working royals in January 2020.
Royal commentator Neil Sean claimed: “A good source at Kensington Palace tells me that it will be William making all of these decisions moving forward, simply because of the age of Her Majesty.
“Not that she’s not involved, but she wants him to have more of a hands-on role on how the monarchy should be shaped further into the 21st century, a very shrewd move by her.
“Prince Charles is still a young chicken as it were for a royal, but he too knows that he may not be on the throne that long, and so Prince William could be catapulted into the hot seat faster than he possibly thought.
“But this is bad news for Harry and Meghan, because all the major decisions that maybe Harry and Meghan hoped to squeeze past the slightly softer Prince Charles, and possibly the more easy-going Her Majesty the Queen, will now all revert back to Prince William.”
Rumours of a rift between the two brothers first began to circulate in October 2018, after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex decided to split from the Royal Foundation and move away from Kensington Palace.
According to royal author Robert Lacey, who wrote the book ‘Battle of Brothers’, the rift occurred after Prince William confronted his brother over the allegations that Meghan had been bullying members of household staff.
Meanwhile, in their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, Prince Harry suggested that jealousy was the root cause of the issue after members of the Royal Family noticed Meghan’s success during their South Pacific tour.
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After less than two years of being a working royal couple, the Sussexes announced that they would be stepping down from the Royal Family, and relocating to North America.
Prince William joined other senior royals to participate in the ‘Sandringham Summit’, an emergency meeting to negotiate a way for the couple to become financially independent.
Since leaving, Meghan and Harry have conducted an explosive interview with Oprah, where the Duke detailed his rift with his brother.
He characterised their relationship as “space” and said that they were “on different paths”.
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Despite publicly reuniting twice in recent months, reconciliatory talks behind closed doors have reportedly failed to improve the rift between the two brothers.
Whilst the Sussexes have signed a number of lucrative deals with Netflix and Spotify over in the US, Prince William has increased his public profile within the Royal Family.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, both he and Kate have been praised for their efforts to boost community spirits and for continuing with their public engagements.
Prince William has recently launched his Earthshot Prize, which is aimed at impacting the climate change crisis, and has also announced a new documentary that will focus on his conservation work.
The Duke of Cambridge follows his father in the line of succession, and will one day inherit the throne.
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