Prince Harry and Prince William's Relationship Has Been "Forever Changed" by the Royal Exit

A royal insider claims that Prince Harry's relationship with his older brother, Prince William, has been "forever changed" by the royal exit.

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  • According to sources close to the royal family, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal exit (opens in new tab) will have a lasting impact on The Firm.
  • Speaking to People (opens in new tab), one insider said that Harry's relationship with his brother, Prince William, is "forever changed" in light of the move. 
  • The source says that the brothers will never "get back to the way they were."

Prince Harry and Prince William (opens in new tab) have officially entered a new phase of their relationship (opens in new tab).

Rumors have been raging (opens in new tab) for months now that the brothers (and their wives, Meghan Markle and Kate Middelton (opens in new tab)haven't been on the best of terms (opens in new tab). Although the Palace has continually denied speculation of a rift between the Sussex and Cambridge households, there's no denying that, for better or worse, things between them will never be the same.

Speaking to People (opens in new tab), a royal insider explained that the royal brothers' relationship is "forever changed" now that Harry and Meghan have stepped back from their duties as working senior members of the royal family.

"They won’t get back to the way they were," the source said. "Harry is looking straight ahead at his future with his family."

According to the insider, Harry and Meghan (opens in new tab) (and their 10-month-old son, Archie Harrison (opens in new tab)) plan to split most of their time between California and Canada now that they've completed their obligations as working royals.

"He’s not looking back," the royal source added of Harry's mindset post-exit.

Both couples attended the Commonwealth Day service (opens in new tab) at Westminster Abbey (opens in new tab) earlier this week, but weren't spotted interacting much during the engagement, which happened to be Harry and Meghan's last (opens in new tab) as full-time working royals. Harry and Will's behavior (opens in new tab) at the event led to further speculation about the state of their relationship (opens in new tab).

"They are on different paths now," a source previously told People of the two couples. "It’s just the reality of the situation."

Harry confirmed that he and Will were on different paths (opens in new tab) during an explosive documentary interview last year during his and Meghan's royal tour of Africa.

Here's hoping that being true to those different paths ultimately strengthens the brothers' bond in the long run.

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