Kate Middleton urges Harry to “build bridges” with William

The Duchess of Cambridge has had enough.
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Growing up, it never seemed as though Prince Harry wouldn’t be firmly by his older brother Prince William’s side as he celebrated his milestone 40th birthday.

But a royal rift, along with different continents, has made contact between the brothers rare.

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Kate Middleton, however, is hoping to instigate an olive branch between the two men.

According to Closer, the Duchess of Cambridge reached out to her brother-in-law Prince Harry this week, urging him to mend fences on William’s birthday.

“She’s quietly sent a message that it would mean so much to William if his little brother made some type of contact on his special day,” a source told the publication.

“A message would go a long way to break the ice and help build bridges without anyone else in the way.”

Kate Middleton has reportedly “quietly sent a message” to Prince Harry. (Credit: Getty)

The source went on to say that the duchess is “heartbroken” by the state of William and Harry’s once-close relationship, but she remains an “eternal optimist” for the future.

“It’s her firm belief that one day Harry will snap out of his trance and be his own man.

“If she can somehow get the boys to make peace – even temporarily – it would be the greatest birthday gift William could wish for.”

William and Harry’s well-documented feud began around 2016 when the latter started dating Meghan Markle.

William and Harry’s feud reportedly began around the time he started dating Meghan Markle. (Credit: Getty)

While the duke was besotted with the actress, apparently William had his reservations about how quickly things were moving between the couple – and he told his little brother as much once Meghan had returned to her home country of Canada. 

According to The Sun, a well-placed source revealed: “William told his brother that they knew nothing about her background, her intentions, what she was really like.

“He just wanted to stress that becoming part of the Royal family is a massive undertaking and the pressure and scrutiny is unrelenting. Was Meghan the right one?”

“The brothers’ relationship has not really recovered,” a source told The Sun. (Credit: Getty)

Suffice to say, William’s reservations didn’t go down too well with Harry, who allegedly “went mental” in his defence of Meghan.

The same source claimed: “He accused his brother of trying to finish his romance before it had begun. The brothers’ relationship has not really recovered.” 

From there, it seemed things only got frostier between the brothers, with the Duke of Sussex telling ITV in 2019 that he and the future king were “on different paths”.

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