Prince William and Prince Harry‘s did not make nice when they attended their late grandfather Prince Philip’s funeral.
Robert Lacey, author of Battle of Brothers and consultant to Netflix’s The Crown, penned in a recent article that while many hoped the funeral “would bring the warring brothers together in an atmosphere of reflection,” the end result didn’t quite hit the mark.
While the two did speak in a public chat outside of St. George’s Chapel that day, it wasn’t long before the two broke out in an argument “within minutes of the siblings getting inside the castle and beyond camera vision,” according to the royal historian.
“They started quarreling again,” he added.
“There they were, at each other’s throats as fiercely as ever,” a friend of the family told Lacey. “The rage and anger between those two has grown so incredibly deep. Too many harsh and wounding things have been said.”
“There was no reconciliation, and no brotherly sit-down or ‘mini summit’ following Prince Philip’s funeral on April 17,” Lacey wrote, later adding, “The conflict between Diana’s two bitterly divided sons does not seem likely to end any time soon.”
The rift between the brothers began when William expressed concern about how Harry’s relationship with then-girlfriend Meghan Markle was evolving prior to their May 2018 wedding.
According to new chapters in Lacey’s book, things seemed to take a turn for the worse once again in October 2018 when William learned of allegations from staffers who said they had been bullied.
At the time, when the bullying claims first surfaced in The Times, the Duchess of Sussex’s office strongly denied the allegations, saying it was a part of a smear campaign. The palace set up an independent inquiry, which is still “ongoing.”
“Everyone was optimistic,” a source close to the royal household told PEOPLE earlier this week of the pair’s reunion at Philip’s funeral, “but nothing really happened.” Added another close source: “There was not really any time to build bridges.”
The two may have another opportunity to patch things up on July 1, which will be the date the Royal Family will unveil a statue of Princess Diana at Kensington Palace Gardens, a project they commissioned together several years ago.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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