Prince Harry and Kate Middleton’s once close bond has been damaged by the “undeniable strain” placed on their relationship by Harry and Prince William’s reported falling-out, a royal author has claimed.

Kate Middleton joined the Royal Family when she married Harry’s brother Prince William in April 2011.

During the time before Harry’s departure from royal duties with his wife Meghan Markle in March 2020, Kate was allegedly close with the Duke of Sussex, who used to live in a small cottage next door to her grand apartments in the Kensington Palace grounds.

However, Harry has admitted that he and his brother are on "different paths" after an alleged fall-out, and royal author Christopher Andersen has suggested that the prince’s once-close bond with his sister-in-law has been damaged.

Speaking on the Royally Us podcast, Host Christina Garibaldi observed that Harry had been closely involved with William and Kate’s relationship in the past, suggesting he had helped the pair get back together after an initial break-up.

Christopher – who penned ‘Brothers and Wives’ – agreed, saying: “Yes, Harry was always close to Kate, and he always said that she was the sister he never had.

“Harry got very emotional at William and Kate’s wedding, and cried about the fact that he described her as his sister, and she got emotional too.

“They’ve always had this banter, they had similar senses of humour, and they both I think knew that they had a responsibility to William who took himself very much more seriously than they would.”

But, Christopher suggested that Harry and William’s reported falling out had dissolved the close bond between the so-called ‘Fab Four’.

“But the strain is undeniable. Obviously with their husbands at war, I think Meghan and Kate can respect each other, but I don’t think it has been a warm and fuzzy relationship at all. They haven’t been close.”

This comes as Kate and Wills appeared with her family at a Christmas carol concert at Westminster Abbey.

In a foreword for the event the Duchess of Cambridge stressed the importance of community amid the pandemic, observing: “Through our separation from others, we have been reminded just how powerful human connection is to us all.”

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