Prince Harry appears to confirm 'rift' with William: 'inevitably stuff happens'

Prince Harry has finally addressed rumours of a reported rift with his brother Prince William, claiming they are “certainly on different” paths and admitting: “Inevitably stuff happens”.

The Duke of Sussex opened up in a documentary about him and his wife Meghan Markle’s recent tour of Africa.

The hour-long ITV documentary: ‘Harry & Meghan: An African Journey’ followed the couple during their royal tour of Africa, giving a behind-the-scenes glimpse in to their lives, their roles as modern royals and how they balance their public duties with their family life.

During filming presenter Tom Bradby, who has known the duke for fifteen years asked about the rumours of a royal family rift following the split in the two households.

The Duke of Sussex has addressed rumours of a rift between him and his brother Prince William [Photo: Getty]
The Duke of Sussex has addressed rumours of a rift between him and his brother Prince William [Photo: Getty]

“Part of this role, part of this job and this family being under the pressure that it is under, inevitably stuff happens,” he responded.

“But we are brothers, we will always be brothers. We are certainly on different paths at the moment but I will always be there for him as I know he will be for me.

He went on to say that though they don’t see each other very often he “loves him dearly.”

While he didn’t directly discuss a potential fall-out the duke went on to say that the “majority of this stuff is created out of nothing.”

He added: “As brothers you have good days and bad days.”

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Prince Harry was speaking to Tom Bradby about the rumours of a rift with his brother [Photo: ITV]

Immediately after the documentary aired royal fans headed online to discuss whether his words seemed to confirm a rift between the two families.

Many commented that the duke didn’t actually deny that there had been tensions between the brothers.

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Prince Harry spoke about the relationship with his brother, explaining that they are on different paths at the moment [Photo: Getty]
Prince Harry spoke about the relationship with his brother, explaining that they are on different paths at the moment [Photo: Getty]

The apparent acknowledgment of some family tension, follows rumours about the increasing separation of the two brothers and their wives.

The two families have already separated their working lives, with the Sussexes leaving the Royal Foundation they once shared with the Cambridges.

The split came after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex moved to a new home in Windsor from Kensington Palace.

The Duke of Cambridge has never commented publicly on reports that the brothers are not as close as they once were.

Royal sources have previously stressed that the separation of their charity was down to their differing working lives and future roles, with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as future king and queen, under more rigid constraints than the Sussexes in choosing their own paths.

Sources deny any rumours of a rift between the couples, saying the decision was taken to “better align their charitable activity with their new households.”

In a previous statement released by Kensington Palace, a spokesman said: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are incredibly proud of what they have achieved together through The Royal Foundation.

“They are especially proud to have established a charity that has had, and will continue to have, significant long-lasting impact, changing lives for the better.”

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While discussing the relationship his brother Prince Harry hinted that the rumours of a rift had “escalated out of nothing.”

And later in the documentary the Duchess of Sussex also addressed how difficult it was living life in the tabloid glare.

Speaking to Tom Bradby, the new mum admitted she was naive about the British tabloid press and revealed she was warned by her friends they "will destroy your life".

The duchess explained that the year since marrying Prince Harry had been “hard”, but said she's tried to “adopt this British sensibility of a stiff upper lip” as a method of coping.

She says when she first met the duke her friends in the US were "so happy because I was so happy" but a British friend warned her: "You shouldn't do it - the British tabloids will destroy your life."

Meghan told Bradby that as an American she "very naively" didn't know about tabloids and "didn't get it".

Prince Harry, also admitted the press intrusion "hurts, especially when it's untrue".

But the duke said he would "not be bullied into a game that killed my mum".