Prince William , Duchess Kate, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan have been endearingly referred to as the “Fab Four” ever since the former actress joined the royal fold. But alas, most good things do come to an end. After fans were shocked by a report that the brothers will be parting ways to form separate households, royal author Sally Bedell Smith explained to Vanity Fair that “this was always inevitable and probably makes sense.”
The Prince Charles biographer said she thinks the idea of the division was born the night before the Sussexes said “I do” at St. George’s Chapel. “I had heard that a division might be in the cards, and that it had a lot to do with Meghan – not in a negative way, but that Meghan and Harry’s interests were moving in different directions [from William and Kate’s],” she said.
She continued: “This is a recognition that their roles are going to diverge in the future. William is heir to the throne and second in line to the crown. Harry is sixth, and is going to slip further down. It’s sad to see the team break up, but I think this was always inevitable and probably makes sense. The Fab Four was a nice construction, but they will only appear as a foursome from time to time.”
Over the weekend, The Sunday Times reported that the two princes are considering a formal division of their joint household at Kensington Palace, as well as “the creation of separate courts to reflect their increasingly different responsibilities.” And as their family’s grow – Prince Harry and Meghan will welcome Baby Sussex in spring 2019 – this makes all the more sense. The two have been wonderful support systems for each other, especially since losing their mother Princess Diana in 1997, but it was only a matter of time before they ventured off with their own families.
“It was always an anomaly for Harry and William to be so close,” Sally said. “When you look at Charles and his siblings, there was never that closeness. Because of Charles’s status as heir, he has inevitably been in a separate category, and now I think the same will be the case for William. His life is moving along a different path from Harry’s.”
While working royal pairs will no longer be an official quad, this is not to say they won’t be spotted together. In fact, the Sussexes are reportedly moving next door to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace, where they’ll be making Apartment 1 their new home as they prepare to welcome their first child together. It will certainly be exciting to see what the pairs get up to in the new year. For now, royal watchers can expect to spot them out together at the Festival of Remembrance service on Nov. 10 .