Princess Catherine is Reportedly Giving Up the Role as Peacemaker Between Prince William and Prince Harry

Apparently, she doesn’t “feel the need” to speak to Harry anymore.

Prince Harry, Kate Middleton
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As Marie Claire wrote about over the weekend, the fallout of the Princess of Wales and Prince Harry’s relationship has seen the two go from as close as any sibling to basically strangers. Even as Harry and older brother Prince William were (and, unfortunately, still are) at war, Kate often acted as peacemaker between the brothers—on full display, for example, at Prince Philip’s funeral in 2021, not long after Harry and Meghan Markle’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Now, reports The Daily Express, Kate is keen to give up the peacemaker mantle, as, after everything that has transpired, she doesn’t “feel the need” to speak to her brother-in-law.

“After Harry said so much about Kate in Spare, and about Camilla, the extended family—his stepmother, his sister-in-law—none of them really feel the need to follow up with a conversation,” said True Royalty founder Nick Bullen.

Nor does Kate feel a need to make amends with Meghan Markle, who Bullen told Us Weekly she was never particularly close to: “Kate and Meghan, there was never really any relationship beforehand,” he said. “You’d struggle to find pictures of just them together. There was that moment at Wimbledon, and that’s about it. They have no need to speak to each other.” 

Prince Harry, Kate Middleton

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Though Kate and Meghan were never especially close, Kate and Harry were very much so. Harry even called Kate the “sister he never had.” Because of this closeness, Kate was particularly “hurt” by Harry voicing his frustrations in public, specifically in his memoir.

“Kate feels hurt and betrayed that Harry would do this to her, too, especially as the pair used to be so close,” a source speaking to Us Weekly said.

An insider told OK that “Kate doesn’t even recognize this person Harry’s become,” and another source added “The lines of communication are totally over now. Harry has said he doesn’t foresee him and Meghan ever returning to live full-time in the U.K.—and he shouldn’t expect a welcome mat from Kate and William if that ever changes.” 

Rachel Burchfield
Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor

Rachel Burchfield is a writer, editor, and podcaster whose primary interests are fashion and beauty, society and culture, and, most especially, the British Royal Family and other royal families around the world. She serves as Marie Claire’s Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor and has also contributed to publications like Allure, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, People, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and W, among others. Before taking on her current role with Marie Claire, Rachel served as its Weekend Editor and later Royals Editor. She is the cohost of Podcast Royal, a show that was named a top five royal podcast by The New York Times. A voracious reader and lover of books, Rachel also hosts I’d Rather Be Reading, which spotlights the best current nonfiction books hitting the market and interviews the authors of them. Rachel frequently appears as a media commentator, and she or her work has appeared on outlets like NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, CNN, and more.