"It's impossible to say where we would be now—where those relationships would be now—but there is no way that the distance between my brother and I would be the same," Prince Harry said.
Prince Harry has spilled many beans about the Royal Family in his memoir, Spare. During the book's promotion, he even mentioned that his brother, Prince William had "aired some concerns," concerning his relationship with Meghan Markle "very early on." In another interview, he surmised that their mother, Late Princess Diana, would be sad about the rift between Harry and William. Harry also discussed his wish to reconcile with his brother during these book promotions. Now, in a conversation with Stephen Colbert of The Late Night Show to promote his memoir, Harry has claimed that his relationship with his brother would not be as broken if their mother were alive, per Harpers Bazaar.
"If your mother were still alive, do you ever think about how she might handle this moment?" Colbert asked Harry, referring to his estrangement from Prince William. "We wouldn't have got to this moment," Harry replied. "It's impossible to say where we would be now—where those relationships would be now—but there is no way that the distance between my brother and I would be the same."
Colbert further asked Harry if he ever thinks about what advice his mother would have given him in such a situation if she were alive. "I've said quite a lot recently in different interviews that I've really felt the presence of my mom, especially in the last couple of years. And I detail in the book my brother and I talking at her grave and how he felt as though she had been with him for a long period of time and helped set him up with life and that he felt she was now moving over to me," Harry said.
He even compared his wife to his mother, saying Meghan shares the late princess' "compassion," "empathy, " "warmth," and "confidence." In Spare, Harry also wrote in detail about how difficult it was to cope with his mother's death, and how for years, he tricked himself into thinking she was not actually dead but had instead gone into hiding to protect herself. And to get closure on her death, which took place when he was just 12, he drove through the same tunnel where she had died.
In another interview with Michael Strahan of Good Morning America, Harry was asked what their mother might think about the relationship between the brothers now, Harry responded, "I think she would be sad," according to a clip of the interview released on January 5. He continued, "I think she'd be looking at it long-term to know that there are certain things that we need to go through to be able to heal the relationship."
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