These are trying times in the royal family. Most notably,
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are under so
much pressure to perform, and it seems like every move they make is cast in
a negative light. Even though Prince Harry is used to getting so much attention,
the strain it’s putting
on their marriage is likely significant.
In the whole entire world, there’s only one person who fully understands what the Duke of Sussex is going through and that’s his older brother, Prince William. These two used to be so close until something drove them apart. Rumor has it the issue stems from Prince William warning Harry not to rush into marriage. But who knows if that’s what really happened?
It’s true that Prince William and Prince Harry have vastly different
roles to fill in the world. However, the best thing Harry can do right now is lean
on his older brother for support.
Prince William has been in the spotlight longer
It’s only recently that the media began taking such a keen
interest in everything Prince Harry was doing. Before he met and married Meghan
Markle, plus had his son Archie, the Duke of Sussex was seen as more of a
sidekick. They even used to call him “the spare heir” as a rude
Meanwhile, the world has been obsessed with the man who will eventually become king for his entire life. Both Prince William and Kate Middleton had frequent run-ins with overly aggressive photographers while they were dating, even when they were just 20-somethings in college.
If anyone has advice for handling life in the limelight and
not letting it break down the relationship, it’s Prince William and Kate Middleton.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have a rock-solid marriage
Not only have they been dealing with fame longer, but Prince William and Kate Middleton have a remarkably strong relationship. Plus they’ve been married for almost ten times longer than Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. It may not seem like a lot, but they likely have relationship advice to share as members of the royal family who are clearly making it work.
Royal expert Angela Mollard discussed this
exact issue on the Royals podcast. “If Harry does have any sense, he will rely on
William and that relationship will be repaired going forward. He does have
tremendous wisdom as a brother, so fingers crossed,” she said.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle face one major problem
Mollard also alluded to the reality that both Meghan Markle
and Prince Harry come from homes with divorced parents. This makes them statistically
more likely to split up themselves. “I think they have to have a marriage that is stronger than
most, and I think that’s going to be very, very hard. The reason I think it’s
going to be hard is that neither of them have had a model of a successful
relationship,” she explained.
“I don’t like the phrase
‘broken family’, but they haven’t seen people solve their problems. That’s not
their model of a mum and dad, solving issues.”
It’ll be interesting to see if Prince Harry follows through
with this advice and finally rekindles his relationship with his older brother,
or if he continues assuming he can do everything by himself.