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Why Prince Harry reportedly ‘envied’ Prince William and Duchess Catherine for ‘a long time’

Princess Diana’s friend and former butler Paul Burrell addresses the rumours of a feud between the two royal brothers.

Earlier this year the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they'd be splitting from the Cambridge's royal household following the announcement they'd be moving out of their Kensington Palace cottage fuelling speculation that not only was there a rift between the two Duchesses, but that there was tension between the two brothers also.
The recent announcement that the Fab Four would also be splitting from their joint charity, The Royal Foundation, has only made the rumours more rampant than ever, but now Princess Diana's butler and close friend Paul Burrell has addressed the rumours saying Prince Harry had indeed "envied" his brother for a long time, but not for the reason you might think.
Rumours that there's a rift between the two couples has been rife. (Image: Getty)
Speaking to Yahoo's Royal Box, Burrell claimed that Harry was jealous of William and Kate's bond saying: "I think for a long time Harry has looked at his brother and envied him and thought, 'I'd like some of that, I'd like a nice family around me.'
"And now he has it, so it's a beginning of the future for Harry."
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Burrell says therefore the decision of splitting of households and the charity were natural moves as the two brothers forge different futures for their families seeing as Harry has a lot more flexibility than William, who will one day be King.
Buckingham Palace also stated that the charity's split was a move "designed to best complement the work and responsibilities" the couples have.
The royal brothers with their mother the late Princess Diana on Harry's first day at Eton in 1995. (Image: Getty)
Burrell also stressed that the decision for the brothers to go separate ways doesn't mean there are signs of tension or a feud.
"I don't think anything will ever split these boys," Burrell says.
"I think their mother's death cemented them together forever.
"Until their mother's death, they were individual boys, now I think they are very close."
Adding: "Of course Harry always wanted a family, now he has one, there's every reason to think the two families will come together."
In fact the two brothers are planned to be making a joint appearance at the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day on July 10th, playing at Billingbear Polo Club in Berkshire to raise funds and awareness for their charities and the Khun Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Memorial Polo Trophy.
The two royal brothers are set to play polo together at the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day. (Image: Getty)
There's no word yet on whether their wives will be in attendance, earlier this week Duchess Catherine hosted a picnic for children at her relocated Back To Nature Garden at Hampton Court Palace's Garden Festival before making an appearance the next day at Day Two of the Wimbledon Championships.
Meanwhile, despite being on maternity leave Duchess Meghan made a surprise appearance at the first Major League Baseball London series game at the weekend and this weekend will be celebrating Archie's christening, in a private ceremony at Windsor Castle.