“No marriage is perfect, including Kate and William’s and they’ve certainly had their ups and downs over the years,” a source exclusively tells Us Weekly of the Prince of Wales, 40, and the Princess of Wales, 41. “They bicker like most couples and have recently been under pressure dealing with the drama surrounding Prince Harry.”
The insider notes that the pair’s marital struggles have also been heightened by “nonstop” royal duties, taking care of their three children — Prince George, 9, Princess Charlotte, 8, and Prince Louis, 5 — and preparing for King Charles III’s coronation on Saturday, May 6.
“Regardless of the obstacles, the couple always pulls through,” the source adds. “They’re in a marvelous place in their lives and squeezed in some valuable time together to mark their 12th anniversary.”
Amid the twosome’s royal romance and life with their little ones, they eventually found themselves at odds with the Duke of Sussex, 38, upon his marriage to Meghan Markle. Ahead of Harry and Meghan’s 2019 nuptials, the Waleses officially separated households from the future newlyweds. (Harry, the Suits alum, 41, William and Kate had previously been dubbed the “Fab Four” due to their frequent group appearances.)
The Invictus Games founder went on to claim in his Spare memoir, which was released in January, that William had called his sister-in-law “difficult,” “rude” and “abrasive” during a sibling fight.
“He set down the water, called me another name, then came at me. It all happened so fast. So very fast,” Harry alleged in a passage from his debut book. “He grabbed me by the collar, ripping my necklace, and he knocked me to the floor. I landed on the dogs’ bowl, which cracked under my back, the pieces cutting into me. I lay there for a moment, dazed, then got to my feet and told him to get out.”
“William thinks Harry is delusional making these crazy allegations,” the source told Us in January. “The trust between the two brothers is completely broken.”
“My understanding is there have been no discussions between Harry and William. That is absolutely radio silence,” royal expert Nick Bullen exclusively told Us last month. “It’s a very big void.”
William and Kate are set to reunite with the Archewell cofounder — who shares Prince Archie, 3, and Princess Lilibet, 23 months, with Meghan — at Charles’ coronation on Saturday. The “Archetypes” podcast host, for her part, will not be joining the royals as the crowning ceremony falls on son Archie’s fourth birthday. Meghan will instead remain home with her kids to celebrate Archie’s special day.
It is not known how Harry will be included in the coronation, though William and his brood are expected to have official roles. William and the duchess are set to walk in the procession to Westminster Abbey on Saturday before the Duke of Cornwall presents Charles with the Stole Royal and the Robe Royal in the ceremony.