Royal correspondent claims Prince Harry snubbed Prince William's attempt to heal Royal Family rift

A royal correspondent has claimed Prince Harry declined Prince William's attempt to try and reconcile their relationship, long before Prince Harry decided to step down from royal duties.

Royal correspondent and author of Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind The Crown Valentine Low said the Duke of Sussex thought he and his brother weren't seeing eye-to-eye back in 2019, during a royal tour of South Africa.

During his tour, Prince Harry was asked by ITV journalist Tom Bradby about the rumoured rocky relationship between him and his brother.

According to the Daily Mail, Harry told Bradby: "We are certainly on different paths at the moment… As brothers, you know, you have good days, you have bad days."

Prince William was in Pakistan on his own royal tour during his brother's interview but contacted his brother when he was home.

Low reportedly said in his book that William messaged his brother via WhatsApp and asked if they could meet.

According to Low Harry was keen to meet at first but then changed his mind after William said he would have to clear his schedule which meant he would have to tell his private secretary about their meeting.

"He was so concerned that William's team would leak the visit to the press that he would rather not see his brother than risk it getting into the papers. To everyone who knew what was going on, this was heartbreaking," Low wrote in his book.

Prince Harry and Meghan stepped down from royal duties in 2020.