Brittani Barger, deputy editor of Royal Central, claimed the Duke of Sussex was “worried” about his brother’s family, including Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge and their children struggling with the deadly virus. Harry and Meghan Markle have been in Los Angeles since March and have mostly stayed in their new home in Montecito. Ms Barger’s comments come after reports suggested William and Harry’s fracture had widened during the time of separation.
Ms Barger claimed that Harry was probably ‘personally informed that William had COVID’ through a phone call, and said Harry would not have discovered the diagnosis ‘with the rest of the world’ .
Despite the distance between the brothers, she said “it doesn’t matter what” Harry would have “checked on his brother when he found out”.
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Ms Barger then added that the news would have rocked Harry as he was concerned for his family,
She told the Daily Star: “I think Harry checked his brother when he found out he had COVID.
“Either way, he’s his brother, and he wouldn’t want him to have the virus.
“I’m sure he feared he had it and Kate and the kids would catch it.” I think it’s quite natural.
The expert then said that not being able to “check them in person once they got better” would have made the ordeal a “stressful time” for Harry.
She added: “Harry is like many in that he has been separated from his family for a long time due to this pandemic.
“It has been a stressful time for all of us and seeing your loved ones sick with something like COVID – and knowing that you are halfway around the world – is not easy. He could only make video or phone calls to check if his father and brother.
“I would think Harry was personally informed of William having COVID. I don’t think it would be something they would let him find out with the rest of the world. They are family so I’m sure someone told him in family. “
William said he was able to recover from the virus relatively quickly and was treated at Anmer Hall in Norwich where he isolated himself with Kate.
Harry and William’s father, Prince Charles, also caught coronavirus in March, but said “got off slightly” with his bout of illness.
He told Sky News: “I was lucky in my case… but I got it, so I can understand what other people have been through.
“I especially feel for those who lost their loved ones and couldn’t be with them at that time. This is the most horrible thing for me. “
Ms Bergar’s comments follow Robert Lacey’s book ‘Battle if Brothers’, which detailed William and Harry’s row before the royal exit from the Sussexes.
Mr Lacey claimed William was irritated by Harry and Meghan’s decision to keep details of Archie Harrison under wraps, and reported that the Cambridge royal had complained to a friend of his brother’s.
The book reads: ‘I’ve put my arm around his shoulder our whole life together,’ the prince told a friend, explaining why Harry and Meghan’s behavior and the succession of erratic decisions surrounding the birth and Archie’s baptism – especially the strange cover-up of the godparents – had led to the break between the brothers which Harry would later describe as the pursuit of “different paths.”
“I can’t do it anymore,” said William.