You know, joining forces on their royal foundation, merciless teasing, raising hell with the best man speeches, Harry raiding William’s fridge once William had a wife to stock it—normal stuff! Moving apart (“We never really spend any time together,” Harry noted in 2008) and then becoming roommates, forming a jaunty trio with Kate Middleton and then putting some space in between when William started having kids and Harry married Meghan, then re-bonding (the relationship is “closer than it’s been because of the situations we’ve been through,” William said in 2018) and back again.
“We are certainly on different paths at the moment,” Harry memorably told Tom Bradby for ITV in September 2019 when he was on a tour of Africa with Meghan and 5-month-old son Archie and the couple were just getting started with the airing of the grievances. “We don’t see each other as much as we used to because we are so busy, but I love him dearly.”
And in January 2020, after Harry and Meghan jolted Buckingham Palace by announcing their intent to start splitting their time between the U.K. and North America, William—knowing his brother was increasingly unhappy but apparently unaware of the extent—reportedly said, per London’s Sunday Times, ”I’ve put my arm around my brother all our lives and I can’t do that any more; we’re separate entities. I’m sad about that. All we can do, and all I can do, is try and support them and hope that the time comes when we’re all singing from the same page. I want everyone to play on the team.”