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Sir Geidt, who served in the role for ten years, was often known to smooth over any grievances between the brothers and the rest of the British
‘Petty grievances can become huge conflicts between all the different royal offices if they aren’t managed correctly, and that’s exactly what’s happening now,’ an anonymous friend told
Prince William, 37, and Prince Harry, 35, (pictured right, in November 2018) are said to no longer have anyone to ‘help mediate’ after the 2017 departure of the Queen’s longstanding private secretary Christopher Geidt (left, in May 2017)
The confidant added that Geidt ‘really had the boys’ backs,’ and offered a side channel around their father, Prince Charles when difficulties arose.
During a candid ITV interview in October, the Duke of Sussex acknowledged tensions between himself and William, following months of speculation about the state of the brothers’ relationship.
Palace aides had repeatedly denied reports of a rift between the Sussexes and the Cambridges, who had once been championed as the Royal family’s ‘Fab Four’.
But asked how much of the speculation was true during the documentary Harry and Meghan: An African Journey, the duke pointedly refused to deny a falling out.
Harry (pictured), 35, refused to dismiss reports of a rift with his brother, Prince William, instead saying that they are on ‘different paths’ and have ‘good days and bad days’ when interviewed in October
Harry initially laughed in response to the question, then added: ‘Part of this role, part of this job and this family being under the pressure it is under, inevitably stuff happens.
‘But look, we are brothers, we will always be brothers. We are certainly on different paths at the moment.
‘But I will always be there for him and, as I know, he will always be there for me.’
He added: ‘We don’t see as much as we used to, because we are so busy, but I love him dearly and the majority of stuff is created out of nothing. As brothers, you have good days, you have bad days.’
Some of the distance between the brothers is due to them heading in different directions, say those in palace circles.
Princess Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell previously said that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are on a ‘different trajectory’ to the Sussex’s.
Appearing on Good Morning Britain last month, Mr Burrell explained that Prince William was heading ‘to the boardroom’ and Prince Harry ‘to the factory floor.’
Giving a revealing insight into the royal dynamic, Burrell said: ‘William and Kate are on a different trajectory – they’re headed to the boardroom, it’s already mapped out.
‘Whereas Harry and Meghan are headed for the factory floor – they’re there to help “the people.”‘