Prince William Admits 'Sadness' He and Brother Prince Harry Are No Longer a Team: 'We're Separate Entities'

Prince William has expressed sadness that he and brother Prince Harry are no longer a team—but is hopeful that the rift will be healed with time.

The Sunday Times reported that William is unhappy that he and his brother are now "separate entities" following Harry and wife Meghan Markle's bombshell announcement that they will "step back" from the roles as senior members of the royal family and work to become "financially independent."

However, William reportedly said he is hopeful that they will be "singing from the same page" again one day.

Ahead of the Queen holding crisis talks to discuss the future of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, William reportedly told a friend: "I've put my arm around my brother all our lives and I can't do that any more; we're separate entities."

According to The Times, he added: "I'm sad about that. All we can do, and all I can do, is try and support them and hope that the time comes when we're all singing from the same page. I want everyone to play on the same team."

On Monday, Harry will face the Queen, Prince Charles and William for the first time since he and his wife issued a statement declaring that they intend to quit their roles as "senior" royals and split their time between the U.K. and North America.

She has summoned them to her Sandringham estate in Norfolk, England, to discuss possibilities for Harry and Meghan. BBC royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell has said the "trickiest" part to work out will the couple's financial position.

The BBC reported that Meghan, who returned to Canada and her son Archie shortly after the statement dropped on the couple's new website and Instagram page, is expected to take part on the phone.

In their statement on Wednesday, Harry and Meghan said they intend to work to become "financially independent" while continuing to "fully support" the Queen.

"After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution," the couple said.

"We intend to step back as 'senior' members of the royal family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen."

They added: "We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honor our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages."

On their website, they have said that they "value the ability to earn a professional income, which in the current structure they are prohibited from doing."

But Buckingham Palace issued a response saying the couple's decision to step back from the royal family will be "complicated."

"Discussions with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage," a Palace spokeswoman said. "We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through."

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the annual Remembrance Sunday memorial at The Cenotaph on November 10, 2019 in London, England. Karwai Tang/WireImage
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