Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to step from their duties caused some tension within the royal family. However, their exit has reportedly helped Prince Charles’ relationship with his other son, Prince William.

Queen Elizabeth and other senior royals were not informed before the Duke and Duchess of Sussex told the public about their plan to split their time between the UK and Canada.  

When the couple released their statement, Prince William and Prince Harry weren’t on great terms with one another. In an article for the Daily Mail, royal expert Richard Kay revealed the brothers were distant because of several disagreements.

“For all their polished easy-going charm, both boys are notoriously thin-skinned. It’s true that Harry reacted in a hot-headed way when his brother urged caution in the early weeks of the romance with Meghan,” he wrote.

“And it’s also true that neither William nor Kate were quite as welcoming to the American-born actress as they could have been. The problem was that having taken aggressive positions with each other, both boys failed to drawback.”

However, their strained relationship brought Prince Charles and William closer together. While filming the documentary “Harry & Meghan: An African Journey,” Kay claimed that Harry appeared to scoff at the idea that his brother and father had grown closer since the 35-year-old married Meghan.

“No wonder the broadcaster Tom Bradby, a friend of both boys, reported that there was a wry smile from Harry when he learned that the crisis had brought Charles and his older son, once barely on speaking terms, closer because of the behavior of the younger,” the expert revealed.

Kay wrote a different article in The Times, in which he explained the change in William and Charles’ relationship. “Perhaps one of the few positives is that the entire crisis has pushed Prince Charles and his elder son closer together for the first time in years,” he stated.

Prince Harry and Meghan are expected to step back from their royal duties in Spring 2020.