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There’s a strange phenomenon involving the royal family in which we’ll go months or even years without any sure sign of a scandal, and then suddenly, the floodgates will open, and it’s like Jerry Springer is producing a soap opera set in Buckingham Palace.

Thankfully, friends, we’re currently in the latter period, and it’s one of those glorious weeks in which it feels like every scroll of your newsfeed reveals some new drama testing the stiff upper lips of the world’s poshest family.

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Most of the focus has been on Prince William’s alleged affair with Rose Hanbury, Marchioness of Cholmondeley and former close friend of Kate Middleton’s.

There are numerous interesting facets to this story, including the fact that Kate has apparently gone medieval on Rose, banishing her from the Norfolk, England social scene that had previously been an important part of the marchioness’ life.

But what we’d like to focus on here is the ongoing feud between Prince William and Prince Harry, and the role that Will’s alleged infidelities may have played in their falling out.

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Remember that Kate Middleton vs. Meghan Markle rivalry you’ve been hearing so much about over the past year?

Yeah, it’s looking more and more like that was really a William vs. Harry beef that the media mistook for a catfight between the duchesses.

Though to be fair, it looks as though Meghan played a crucial role in pitting the brothers against each other.

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According to a new report from People magazine, in the run-up to her wedding, Meghan was understandably stressed by the daily pressures of royal life.

And for some reason, William chose this inopportune time to attempt to dissuade Harry from marrying the former actress, arguing that she would be ill-suited for a role in the Windsor clan.

“Harry is very protective and quite rightly so,” a source close to the situation tells People.

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“The royal household can be like that. It must be a real culture shock for her.”

Insiders say the relationship between the brothers had been strained since Harry started dating Meghan, and William’s criticism caused Harry to pull away even further.

We’re still seeing that process in action, and it seems to have picked up steam in recent weeks, with Harry and Meghan relocating to Frogmore Cottage and establishing an office separate from Will and Kate’s.

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So what does all of this have to do with William’s (alleged) affair with Rose Hanbury?

Well, it seems news of the dalliance was the final straw for old Harry.

Finding out that the guy criticizing his relationship was sleeping with the best friend of his then-pregnant wife didn’t sit well with Harry, and that’s supposedly when the decision to move homes and offices was made.

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One insider says there’s reason to be hopeful that the brothers will patch up their differences, but any reconciliation would likely be a long way off.

"They are at very different situations in their lives,” says the source.

And it looks as though the Shakespearean intrigue surrounding Will’s relationship with Rose Hanbury might just be getting started.