Prince William and Prince Harry Wouldn't Have a Feud If Princess Diana Were Alive Today, Her Bodyguard Says

"She had tremendous influence over them both."

Princess Diana with Young Prince Harry & Prince William
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  • It's common knowledge among royal fans that Prince William and Prince Harry's relationship (opens in new tab) has been strained in recent years.
  • According to Princess Diana's longtime body guard, Ken Wharfe (opens in new tab), the brothers wouldn't be "feuding" at all if their mother were still alive today.
  • "She had tremendous influence over them both and I simply don’t think they would have fallen out like this had Diana been around," he said.

All brothers argue from time-to-time and Prince William and Prince Harry (opens in new tab) are no different. What is different about the royal brothers is that when they're not getting along great, the whole world starts gossiping about it relentlessly. Both Will and Harry have been open (opens in new tab) (well, as open as royals ever are, at least) about the strain their relationship has been under recently, with Harry going so far as to say (opens in new tab) they're "on different paths at the moment" in a recent documentary about his royal tour of Africa with Meghan Markle (opens in new tab).

Royal insiders think there's one person who could have stopped their recent falling out from escalating to the point that it did though: Their late mother, Princess Diana (opens in new tab). In a recent interview with Vanity Fair (opens in new tab), Diana's former protection officer Ken Wharfe (opens in new tab) explained why he thinks the People's Princess could have changed the way Will and Harry (opens in new tab) communicate today. 

"She had tremendous influence over them both and I simply don’t think they would have fallen out like this had Diana been around because she wouldn’t have allowed it to escalate," he explained. "She’d have quickly instigated a resolution. I don’t think Harry and Meghan would have left KP [Kensington Palace] if Diana was still around. If she could see the brothers at war, she’d be very upset about it. She always loved the fact the boys were so close."

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