The Fab Four’s split isn't just about Prince Harry and William, writes RICHARD KAY

Mail Online | 3/14/2019 | Richard Kay for the Daily Mail
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Ever since the death of their mother, they have been linked inextricably, not just in the public consciousness but across the royal stage.

As boys, William and Harry were inseparable, finding solace in one another as they coped with the shattering loss of Princess Diana and later sharing in each other’s dreams and successes as adults.

William - Marriage - Kate - Years - Quiver

William’s marriage to Kate eight years ago contributed barely a quiver to this remarkable relationship as two became three. The arrival of the Cambridges’ children George, Charlotte and Louis served only to strengthen the fraternal bonds.

When Meghan arrived with her Hollywood glamour the threesome became the Fab Four, as popular as any pop group but dusted with the magic of royalty.

News - Brothers - Households - Parting - Ways

But now with the news that the brothers are to set up their separate households there is a parting of the ways. Many will seize on the split as evidence of a so-called froideur not just between the sisters-in-law but also between William and Harry.

In fact, the ending of a double act which has not only helped bring stability to the monarchy but showered it with popularity has been inevitable from the moment it was announced that the Duchess of Sussex was pregnant.

Creation - Courts - Boys - Responsibilities - Sign

The creation of separate courts reflects the boys’ changing responsibilities. It is the clearest sign yet that William is destined for the throne and thus inevitably pushing his brother to the margins of royal life.

It happens to every generation. Nearly 40 years ago, it happened to Prince Andrew. For the first 22 years of his life, he was a heartbeat away from the crown as next in line after his brother Prince Charles.

Prince - Princess - Wales - Family - Importance

Then, when the Prince and Princess of Wales began their family, his importance receded. By the time Andrew married and had children, he had been relegated down the line of...
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