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Prince William, Prince Harry ‘trying their best’ to get along while mourning Queen

Prince Harry has reportedly found it “difficult” being in Prince William’s company at times over the past week.

The two brothers, who have been estranged for a number of years, have been forced to spend time together since their grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, died on Sept. 8.

A source close to Harry told the Sunday Times of London that although being in each other’s company has been “uncomfortable” for the brothers, “everybody is trying their best.”

Prince William and Prince Harry.
Prince William and Prince Harry’s relationship is still tenuous, though they’re reportedly “trying their best” to get along following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
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The Prince of Wales, 40, and the Duke of Sussex, 38, delighted royal fans last week when they appeared alongside their respective wives, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, viewing floral tributes and cards laid outside Windsor Castle in honor of the late monarch.

The outing, however, was marked by awkward body language displayed by both Markle, 41, and Middleton, 40, who appeared uncomfortable during their reunion.

On Tuesday, the former “Fab Four” seemingly put on a united front as they sat down for dinner together with other royal family members after receiving Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin.

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Prince William and Prince Harry once shared a close bond.

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Prince William and Prince Harry once shared a close bond.

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Saturday evening, they also stood vigil – alongside their cousins – by the late monarch’s casket.

Prince Harry wore his military uniform after getting special permission from King Charles III. He had previously been forced to wear civilian clothes at public events since the Queen died due to being stripped of his military titles when he stepped down from his royal duties in 2020.

However, the Duke was said to be “devastated” to discover that his uniform had his grandmother’s “ER” initials stripped from his shoulder.

“He is heartbroken,” a friend told the Sunday Times of London. “To remove his grandmother’s initials feels very intentional.”

Prince Harry, from left, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, during an interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, gave a bombshell interview to Oprah Winfrey.
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The two brothers also shared a brief encounter earlier this week when William – who was collecting kids Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis from school – drove past his brother and Markle while they were in a separate car. They reportedly drove past each other but then stopped, reversed and rolled down their windows for a brief chat.

Despite this chance meeting, the truce appears temporary.

A friend of the brothers revealed that the joint appearances “take effort” and they both understood it was needed to show “solidarity.”

Prince William, Prince Harry, Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice, Lady Louise Windsor, James, Viscount Severn, Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall attend a vigil, following the death of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, inside Westminster Hall, London, UK, on the 17th September 2022.
Harry was allowed to wear his military uniform to a vigil for his grandmother.
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“I don’t think it goes much beyond that. There have been some awkward moments this week,” the source told the Sunday Times of London. “I definitely don’t get the sense of any deeper meaningful rapprochement or a sense that this is it: things will be mended.”

The brother’s relationship has been frosty since at least 2019 when Harry shared in an interview that he and William were “certainly on different paths at the moment.”

Relationships receded further when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – who quit royal life in 2020 and moved to California – sat down for a bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey last year.

Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on the long Walk at Windsor Castle arrive to view flowers and tributes to HM Queen Elizabeth on September 10, 2022 in Windsor, England.
The two brothers appeared with their wives to view floral tributes left for the Queen.
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Markle recently gave another interview in which she claimed that she and Harry were “upsetting the hierarchy … just by existing.”

She also fired a warning shot to the Palace by noting, “I’ve never had to sign anything that restricts me from talking … I have a lot to say until I don’t.”

Harry also has a memoir coming out early next year which is reportedly full of truth bombs.

 Prince William, Prince of Wales and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex walk behind Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is taken in procession on a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall on September 14, 2022 in London, England. Queen Elizabeth II will lay in state until the early morning of her funeral. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.
The two brothers walked together behind the Queen’s casket.
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“There’s a lot of new stories in there about the past that Harry has not spoken about before, about his childhood,” a source told Page Six, adding, “There is some content in there that should make his family nervous.”

Friends of Harry previously shared that while his fraternal relationship is still raw, he could not be happier or more fulfilled by his family dynamic with Markle and their children, Archie, 3, and Lilibet, 1.

Sources close to him also alleged to the aforementioned outlet that his recent return to the UK and the royal family brings an ache of “regret over a missed opportunity of what could have been” and regret that “it didn’t have to be this ugly.”

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