Although Meghan Markle has been blamed for creating a rift in Prince William and Prince Harry’s relationship, it appears the brothers were at odds long before the former “Suits” star came into the picture.

While outsiders have begun to notice some distance between Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s sons, sources claim Prince William was reportedly responsible for driving his brother away.

Prior to his marriage with Meghan, Prince Harry fulfilled a majority of his royal duties alongside Prince William and Kate Middleton. While the trio appeared to be the perfect team, an insider revealed Harry had grown tired of being bossed around by his brother. 

According to Express UK, Prince Charles’ former staff member revealed the siblings had a tense relationship for years. “William’s quite controlling, and he was in control when it was just the three of them, but now he’s not.”

The staffer claimed Harry’s relationship with Meghan gave the prince an opportunity to get away from his older brother. “I personally wouldn’t over-egg Meghan’s role in all this because it’s unfair, but equally she knows what she’s doing as an actress from Hollywood,” he explained.

Due to Meghan’s experience with the media and her non-royal background, the former palace employee believes her values are similar to Prince Harry’s and may be responsible for the change in his behavior.

“She knows all the tricks, she understands the power of social media, and Harry’s getting into all that because he doesn’t much like traditional media either. So they’re maxing up their standalone brand. William’s going to have to get used to it,” the source revealed.

Since Meghan gave birth to baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, the couples appear to be slowly cutting ties with one another. Although Prince William, Kate, Prince Harry and Meghan continue to happily attend events together, it seems their relationship out of the royal spotlight may not be as harmonious.

Prince William and Prince Harry Prince William and Prince Harry are pictured hosting a reception to officially open the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference on Oct. 10, 2018 in London, England. Photo: Tolga Akmen - WPA Pool / Getty Images