They were the closest of brothers, with the loss of their mother only solidifying the fraternal bond between Prince William and Prince Harry as they grew up.
But, now, as married men with responsibilities, cracks appear to be showing in their relationship – and it could be their wives who are pulling them apart.
It emerged yesterday that Harry and his wife Meghan are to move out of Kensington Palace next month to set up home at Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor estate.
News of the move comes after reports that the princes, who both have homes at the Palace, may be ready to set up separate courts.
The developments could reignite speculation of a rift between the Royal siblings – but a close friend of the Cambridges last night suggested any unease was between their wives.
Sisters-in-law: Kate and Meghan pictured on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Trooping of the Colour in June
They were the closest of young brothers, with the loss of their mother only solidifying the fraternal bond as Prince William and Prince Harry grew up together
‘Kate and Meghan are very different people,’ the source said, adding: ‘They don’t really get on.’
Harry and mother-to-be Meghan have been given Frogmore Cottage by the Queen, and it will become their official residence.
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To be transformed: Frogmore Cottage
It was once home to Mohammed Abdul Karim, the controversial Indian attendant who caused friction at court during his 14 years’ service for Queen Victoria.
Now Frogmore Cottage will become home to Meghan Markle –another foreigner shaking up the Royal household.
The Grade II listed building, nestling in the picturesque grounds of the Windsor Estate, is on the site of Frogmore House, a 17th Century manor and a Royal residence since 1792.
Currently divided into five units for Royal staff but uninhabited, it will be transformed for Harry and Meghan into a ten-bedroom family home with modern amenities.
Victoria loved Frogmore’s peaceful environment and it is said to have been her favourite retreat when she became a widow.
She installed Karim there and gave him the title ‘Munshi’ or teacher, much to the chagrin of other members of her household who felt superior to him.
The Mausoleum – where Victoria is buried with Prince Albert – is at Frogmore, as is the Royal Burial Ground, where Harry’s great-great uncle, the abdicated King Edward VIII, is buried with his wife Wallis Simpson.
Wallis preceded Meghan as the first American divorcee to marry into the Royal Family.
Last year, the Queen described Frogmore as holding ‘a special place in her family’s affection’.
On the face of it, there are good logistical reasons for the move.
Frogmore has ten bedrooms compared to just two at Nottingham Cottage, the Kensington Palace property where they currently reside.
It would also allow Meghan’s mother Doria, who has just moved to the UK, to join them, and there would be room for a live-in nanny.
Grade II listed Frogmore is said to be undergoing a multi-million pound refit, paid for by the taxpayer, in preparation for the birth, which is expected next spring.
Palace sources said there was ‘nothing available as an official residence in London’. One said: ‘They are expecting a baby early next year and obviously need a bit more space. It is not like this has just come up.’
The couple chose Windsor because ‘it means a huge amount to them – it is where they got married.’
Rumours of tensions between the Sussexes and Cambridges have been bubbling away for months.
In contrast to Meghan and Harry’s cottage at Kensington Palace, Kate and William have a 22-room home recently refurbished at a cost of £4.5 million.
The Sussexes wanted to move into a Palace apartment currently used by the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, but the current inhabitants are said to ‘want to stay put’.
Meghan has shaken up the Royal Family and earned a reputation among courtiers for a direct approach.
Earlier this month, there were even claims that the Queen had felt compelled to speak to Prince Harry about Meghan’s attitude in the run-up to their wedding, following a disagreement over which tiara she would wear.
Earlier this year, it emerged that Harry and William were considering a formal division of their joint household at Kensington Palace.
It was reported that separate courts would ‘better reflect their very different duties and needs’ following Harry’s marriage to Meghan.
In the past, Harry has said he expects the world’s interest in him to fade as the Cambridges’ children grow older. William, meanwhile, is set to see his workload increase as he prepares to one day become King.
Kensington Palace declined to comment last night.
Charles and Diana, pictured with Harry and William on the Royal Yacht Britannia in 1985