Prince William ‘needs love and support’ – but he has two ‘brothers’ he can trust after Prince Harry feud

The Prince of Wales has faced a number of obstacles in recent years following the breakdown of his relationship with Prince Harry, the King's health battles and the Princess of Wales' cancer diagnosis.

While it has undoubtedly been difficult, Prince William thankfully has several key family figures who he can rely on and trust implicitly. Among others are his cousin Peter Phillips and Mike Tindall who have both taken on a brotherly role for the heir to the throne.

Reflecting on how vital these close friendships will be, former BBC royal correspondent Jennie Bond told OK!: "When two people in a family fall out, it makes life very difficult not only for them, but for the rest of the family too. Loyalties are tested and there is no easy answer."

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Prince William and Peter Phillips have been close their whole lives -Credit:Getty

Jennie added: "This is a time when William needs all the love and support he can get from his family. His brother is not, and will not, be here to help or provide a shoulder to cry on. And so I’m really glad that William has a cousin who is almost like a a brother to him in Peter Phillips.

"Peter is incredibly down to earth, solid and has been there for both William and Harry in good and bad times. He formed a physical bridge between them when Harry came back for their grandfather’s funeral as he walked between the brothers - as if to keep the peace."

Looking back on William's recent decision to invite his cousins to join him to host a recent garden party, Jennie added: "It was good to see Peter supporting William at the recent Buckingham Palace garden party… along with William’s other 'replacement' brother: Mike Tindall.

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Prince William with Mike Tindall
Prince William is also very close with his cousin-in-law, Mike Tindall -Credit:2017 Max Mumby/Indigo

"I can imagine the three of them having a lot of fun together. This is William’s inner circle. People he can trust absolutely and who are showing that they are there for him when the going gets tough."

It was understood that William personally invited cousins Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall, Princess Beatrice, and Princess Eugenie, as well as Mike to join him at the celebration at the palace.

“I think it gave us a glimpse of the future for when William becomes King," Jennie says. "He may not have his brother at his side, but he will have a band of loyal and close relatives to help him represent the monarchy.

"I’m sure that, whenever they can, they will step up to help William when the burden of Kingship finally falls on his shoulders.”