Prince Harry devastated after withdrawing from Afghanistan
Two years ago, the Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan Markle quit the Royal Family and moved to California. Since the controversial decision, Harry and Meghan have been in a rift with the Firm, which was widened by the Sussexes tell-all CBS interview with Oprah Winfrey last March. Among a number of claims made against the Royal Family, Harry, who was once extremely close to William, spoke about a “distance” in the relationship between him and his brother.
He said: “The relationship is space at the moment and time heals all things, hopefully.
“My father and my brother, they are trapped. They don’t get to leave and I have huge compassion for that.
“We’ve been through hell together, we have a shared experience, but we were on different paths.”
The Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex remained very close after the death of their mother Princess Diana in 1997, which took place when the princes were just 15 and 12 respectively.
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However, even when the pair were on good terms, Harry once admitted both brothers envied each other’s roles.
In 2013, Harry said that Prince William envied his younger brother flying helicopters on the frontline.
Speaking on flight back to the UK after a 20-week tour of Afghanistan, Harry said: “I think there is a bit of jealousy, not just the fact that I get to fly this but obviously he’d love to be out here.
“And to be honest with you, I don’t see why he couldn’t.”
Prince Harry was a co-pilot in Apache helicopters
At the time, Prince Harry had just finished his second deployment in Afghanistan, where he was a co-pilot in Apache helicopters.
He continued: “His job out here would be flying the IRT [Immediate Response Team], or whatever, doing Chinook missions. Just the same as us ‒ no one knows who’s in the cockpit.
“Yes you get shot at, but if the guys who are doing the same job as us are being shot at on the ground, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with us being shot at as well.
“People back home will have issues with that but we’re not special. The guys out there are, simple as that.”
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William worked as a Search and Rescue Force pilot on Sea King helicopters
William worked as a Search and Rescue Force pilot on Sea King helicopters at the time, before he committed to full-time royal duties.
Based at RAF Valley in North Wales, the future king commanded missions to help both climbers in need and stricken vessels in the area.
Harry revealed there was envy on both sides, as the prince longed for William’s cosy job and family set up.
He said: “Before coming out here I was very jealous of my brother.
Harry and William had a very close relationship growing up
“It’s operational flying back home. You get all the luxuries of operational flying ‒ the pride, as you call it ‒ and the reward of basically saving people’s lives, which is exactly what we try and do as well.
“And back home he gets to go home to his wife and dog, whereas out here we don’t.
“We’re stuck playing PlayStation in a tent full of men.”
Harry has since described his 10-year spell in the army as the “happiest time of his life” while speaking on AppleTV+ documentary ‘The Me You Can’t See’, as he was treated normally.
He explained: “I got to wear the same uniform as everybody else. I had to do all the same training as everybody else.
“There was no special treatment because of who I was.”