William and Harry came together when they were 15 and 12, respectively, after the death of their mother, Princess Diana. The younger prince previously credited his big brother for helping him through the difficult time in their lives.
“I have probably been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions.… The experience I have had is that once you start talking about it, you realize that actually you’re part of quite a big club,” Harry told The Telegraph in 2017. “My brother, you know, bless him, he was a huge support to me. He kept saying, ‘This is not right, this is not normal, you need to talk to [someone] about stuff, it’s OK.’”
The following year, William noted during a 2018 engagement, “Losing our mother at a young age has kind of helped us sort of travel through that difficult patch together. When you’re like-minded, you go through similar things. It’s a bond and it’s something that, you know, you’ve tackled it together and come out the other side better for it.”
Over the years, the brothers put on a united front, serving as each other’s best men in their respective weddings and forming a joint charity with spouses Duchess Kate and Meghan Markle. By October 2019, however, Harry confirmed that the siblings were on “different paths” after he and Meghan split their charity from William and Kate.
In early 2020, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex opted to stop working for Queen Elizabeth II and relocated to California. After not traveling to London for more than one year amid the coronavirus pandemic, Harry and Meghan made headlines for a bombshell CBS interview about the family, including his status with William.
“As I said before, I love William to bits. We’ve been through hell together and we have a shared experience, but we are on different paths,” he said in March 2021. “The relationship is space at the moment and time heals all things, hopefully.”
After a brief reunion at Prince Philip’s funeral in April 2021, the brothers will see each other at the unveiling of a statue for Diana in July 2021. Scroll down to relive some of Prince William and Prince Harry’s sweetest moments together: