Prince Harry spent little time with his youngest nephew Louis due to an increasing tension with his brother Prince William, a new book has claimed.
Harry used to live just a few doors down from the Cambridge family in Kensington Palace, so was a very hands-on uncle to Prince George and Charlotte.
However, by the time Louis was born in 2018, the brothers relationship had become strained and they spent less time together.
In their new book Finding Freedom, royal journalists Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand claim that they began to distance themselves from each other after William voiced concerns at the speed Harry’s relationship with Meghan Markle was moving, which wasn’t well received.
They write: “The brothers went from always making time for each other to barely spending any time together.
“Harry had always loved popping across the grounds of the palace to see Charlotte and George, bringing them gifts that including an electronic SUV for his nephew and a tricycle for Charlotte.
“But those visits came to a hault by that summer of 2017.
“In fact, Harry spent less time with Prince Louis than the others because of the growing tension between him and his brother after the baby’s birth.
“The distance came in both directions. Harry spent less time going over to see the children but the invites from William and Kate were the first to dry up.”
It became even more difficult in the autumn of that year, when Meghan and Harry left London and moved to their new home, Frogmore Cottage in Windsor.
Sources have said that William only shared his concerns about the relationship out of love, but say Harry took them to heart.
He reportedly said: “Don’t feel like you need to rush this. Take as much time as you need to get to know this girl.”
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Harry is said to have taken particular issue with the use of the words “this girl”, believing it was “snobbishness”.
But despite William’s concerns, the book claims Harry wasn’t overly bothered.
A source close to him said: “Nothing was going to get in the way of his happiness.
“He knew Meghan was right for him. Their love was real, and their feelings for each other were genuine.”