Princess Anne's Relationship With Nephews William And Harry Explained

Every family has turbulence now and then, and the royal family is no exception. As US Magazine says, plenty of internal fighting, accusations, and good old-fashioned drama gets slung around in the monarchy. For example, Princess Diana and Duchess Camilla famously had a spat, as Diana's husband, Prince Charles, was having an affair with Camilla. Diana and Charles also didn't get on too well with each other after knowledge of the affair came to light. Another infamous disagreement involved Meghan Markle and Duchess Kate, with the latter accusing the other of using her for social status, though some sources claim that never happened.

A discussion about royal feuds would be incomplete, however, without mentioning one of the most famous ongoing disagreements: between Prince Harry and Prince William. As Cosmopolitan explains, the feuding had been going on since Christmas of 2018, and started over Prince Harry feeling hurt by William's reported dismissiveness toward Markle. And according to some people, Princess Anne, aunt to both Prince Harry and Prince William, just might be the best hope for healing the divide between the brothers. 

Who is Princess Anne?

Anne, the Princess Royal, is Queen Elizabeth II's second child and only daughter. Until the birth of Prince Andrew, she was second in line to succeed her mother. As Britannica explains, Princess Anne was born on August 15, 1950, in London, and was known for her superb horseback skills from a very early age. She had competed in multiple riding competitions, winning a few championships, and was going to compete in the 1972 Olympic Games, until she had to sit out due to horse problems.

As People says, Princess Anne met her current husband, Timothy Laurence, after he became a close aide for the queen, and eventually a confidant of Princess Anne. Prior, Laurence had served in the Royal Navy, and was on his way to becoming vice admiral. The two eventually fell in love with each other and married in 1992 — her second marriage. Today, Princess Anne takes part in both royal duties and numerous charity projects. 

Who are her nephews Prince William and Prince Harry?

Prince William was born on June 21, 1982, in London, England, the son of the late and beloved Princess Diana of Wales and King Charles III. As Britannica says, William's early life was defined by travel and charity in ample abundance. Both volunteer work in Chile and numerous Africa visits marked significant development in his ever-widening world perspectives. These experiences would soon become punctuated by his enrollment in the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, and eventually the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy. The prince served in over 150 military operations during his time as a soldier. William eventually married Catherine Middleton in 2011. 

As Biography explains, Prince Harry was born on September 15, 1984, in London, England. Harry had a difficult early life, as he was the frequent subject of numerous tabloids, especially after the death of his mother, Princess Diana. Like Prince William, Prince Harry also served in the military, and also has a history with charity projects. He married Meghan Markle in 2018, which was notable for Markle being an American actress marrying into royalty. 

How tensions between the royal nephews increased

The break between Prince William and Prince Harry is one of the most closely watched and talked-about relationships in the royal family. As Cosmopolitan explains, the feud all started after Harry confronted William, claiming William was acting coldly toward Meghan — not being very welcome to her. This turned into a fairly heated argument, which ended up snowballing into something worse. Prince William continued to act cold towards Meghan, ignoring her at seemingly every attempt

Everything eventually culminated into a televised interview that both Harry and Meghan had with Oprah. A few things had come to light during their talk, such as Harry still feeling stung over William's treatment of both him and his wife. This interview and revelation is said to have devastated Prince William (per Cosmopolitan), despite Harry hoping that the two would eventually heal. As for the current status of their friendship, it's still fairly torn. 

Princess Anne might be able to heal the divide between the princes

Family feuds aren't fun for anyone, especially those involved. The bad blood between Prince Harry and William is even worse, as their own tribulations are publicized for the whole world to see. Fortunately, there just might be one person who can fix that turbulence once and for all: Princess Anne, the aunt of both William and Harry. As GoodtoKnow says, Princess Anne has seemingly taken keen interest in both Prince Harry and Prince William, and reportedly might even get in touch with the two to help patch things up. 

It wouldn't be the first time that Anne had been involved with both William and Harry. As Insider says, Anne made a comment on September 12 about how Queen Elizabeth's decision to keep both boys at Balmoral Castle in Scotland after their mother's death was the best course of action to protect them. Anne said that the boys were going through enormous trauma, and had to stay put in Scotland, as they wouldn't be able to function properly after the tragedy. It's not yet clear how far Anne's interests in both men will truly go, and whether she will be able to patch things up, but there might be hope on the horizon.