KEY POINTS

  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been talking to Prince William and Kate Middleton via video chat, a royal expert claims
  • Stewart Pearce said the Sussexes and Cambridges are "very different" but "totally respect" each other
  • He predicted that the two couples have "informal" conversations while cooking or making cups of tea

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are developing a close bond with Prince William and Kate Middleton after years of being rumored to be at odds with each other, a royal expert has claimed.

Stewart Pearce, the author of "Diana: The Voice of Change" and the late Princess of Wales' voice coach, recently weighed in on the two couple’s relationship and suggested that they have grown closer in recent months.

"I know that the four are talking with one another and they’re talking by Zoom [and by] FaceTime," he told Us Weekly Tuesday. "They’re very close with one another."

The royal expert noted that Prince Harry and Markle are "very different" from Prince William and Middleton but claimed that the four royals respect each other's differences.

"Their lens on the world is highly individualized. And what’s remarkable is that they all totally respect [each other], but this lens is different," Pearce added.

Pearce also shared his predictions on how their conversations would potentially go, suggesting that the two couples could have "informal" talks when Middleton is cooking dinner in the kitchen or Prince William is making cups of tea.

Prince Harry first hinted that he and his older brother were "on different paths" in the 2019 ITV documentary "Harry & Meghan: An African Journey." Months later, he and Markle announced their plans to step back from their roles as senior working royals.

According to reports, tensions continued to rise between the royal siblings after Prince Harry and Markle moved to California. However, after reuniting twice this year — first at Prince Philip's funeral in April and once again at the unveiling of Princess Diana’s statue in July — it seems Prince Harry and Prince William have started mending fences.

Pearce previously told Us Weekly he has always believed that Prince William, 39, and Prince Harry, 36 — both of whom he has met several times — have a close relationship. When the two dukes reunited at the statue unveiling in London, he was among the guests.

There were mixed opinions about Prince William and Prince Harry's interactions during the event, but for Pearce, they appeared comfortable around each other. He even felt that they "detonated the essence of peace."

He claimed that the brothers' interactions at the time were "so easy, informal and humorous" that it was hard to believe they ever fell out with each other. But Pearce also insisted that he never believed Prince William and Prince Harry were ever engaged in a full-on feud in the first place.

"It dispels any of the brouhaha over the fact that there’s a rift," the royal author told the outlet. "I didn’t believe that there was a rift. There was a slight disagreement, but I mean, who doesn’t disagree with his brother? But [it’s] been blown out of complete proportion, it’s been overly dramatized. They both were so relaxed."

Meanwhile, an unnamed source also told Us Weekly that Markle and Middleton have been working on their relationship for the sake of their family. The Duchess of Cambridge reportedly sent her sister-in-law a present after her second child Lili's arrival, and the two have been bonding over having daughters, the insider added.

Almost 30 million viewers tuned in for the 2018 wedding of Harry and Meghan, pictured (right) with Harry's father, Prince Charles, brother William and sister-in-law Kate Almost 30 million viewers tuned in for the 2018 wedding of Harry and Meghan, pictured (right) with Harry's father, Prince Charles, brother William and sister-in-law Kate Photo: AFP / Paul ELLIS