Prince Harry's sharp take on the Middleton family's 'country bumpkin' life and William's 'obsession'

As the family of the Prince and Princess of Wales grew following the arrivals of Prince George and Princess Charlotte, a top royal author claimed that Prince Harry reportedly felt "displaced".

The strengthening 'family unit' left Prince Harry feeling side-lined as Prince William began to spend increasing amounts of time with his Middleton in-laws.

In her book The Palace Papers: Inside the House of Windsor, the Truth and the Turmoil, author Tina Brown quotes a former aide who claimed that the brothers' "relationship hadn't been the same since William married Kate".

She further states that the gap between them widened even more after Princess Charlotte was born in 2015.

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Prince Harry was reportedly critical of the time his brother would spend with his Middleton in-laws -Credit:2011 George Pimentel

In her revealing book, Brown penned: "Though they were still 'incredibly close, living next door to each other [at Kensington Palace], sharing the same office, and hanging out an awful lot,'" but alleged Harry "mourned his us-against-the-world bond with William", reports the Mirror.

Brown continues: "Harry felt displaced by their bougie family unit, and couldn't understand his brother's obsession with his Middleton in-laws, whose Bucklebury world bored Harry to tears. The [Waleses] had become a tight unit, and William a full-on Windsor country bumpkin."

The Prince of Wales quickly fit in to the Middleton family -Credit:2016 Getty Images

"On weekends when he wasn't chez Middleton, he was tramping the grounds of Anmer Hall, the red-brick Georgian mansion on the Sandringham Estate that the Queen gave the couple as a wedding present, wearing a flat cap and tweed jacket like his 'turnip toff' Norfolk farmer friends."

The author noted: "For his part, William felt that Harry's unabated Jack the Lad behaviour was getting tiresome.

"He was less amused than the British public by either the strip billiards debacle in Las Vegas or Harry's ceaseless boozy nightclub forays with his rowdy friends. His younger brother's recklessness exasperated him."

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The brothers reportedly began to grow apart after Princess Charlotte's birth in 2015 -Credit:Yui Mok - WPA Pool/Getty Images

The Middleton family's impact on Prince William is undeniable, and he has openly acknowledged their influence.

Speaking about what Kate has brought into William's life, Joe Little, Managing Editor of Majesty Magazine, shared with the Express: "I would say, in terms of William, she brought her family."

"William fitted into the Middleton family very quickly and they took to him as a future son-in-law."

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The Prince of Wales enjoys a very close bond with his Middleton in-laws -Credit:2024 Max Mumby/Indigo

"I think also a bit of stability and grounding and a bit of normality that William perhaps wasn't too familiar with when growing up because clearly his parents' marriage was facing difficulties when he was a child and he was very aware of that and eventually their marriage disintegrated."

"With the Middletons, he got stability and a bit of normality, so for that William will forever be grateful."