Kate was ‘sister Harry never had’ but those days are ‘in the past’, says expert

The Duchess of Cambridge was the “sister Prince Harry never had”, but no longer do they share that special bond, a royal expert has claimed.

Duncan Larcombe has claimed that the close relationship the pair one shared is "long in the past”.

He was speaking to OK! Online ahead of Kate Middleton's 40th birthday on Sunday.

He said: “It will be very interesting to see what messages Harry and Meghan Markle send Kate.

“This is the problem, as the rift continues, as the war between the boys seems to show no sign of finishing, days like Kate's 40th birthday milestone immediately become events that can be contrasted with how it used to be.

“Kate was, as Harry said, the sister he never had and clearly that is not the case any more.

“There was a time when Harry would have been instrumental in any celebrations or any fun that the couple were having, but those days are long in the past.”

No solid plans for the royal's birthday have been made public yet, other than that Westminster Abbey will not have its bells rung.

Due to financial issues and the Coronavirus pandemic, the bells of Westminster Abbey will not ring out to mark her special day, as we reported yesterday.

After not ringing for any royal since the pandemic began in March 2020, the Abbey has now confirmed that it will only ever ring for the Queen or the Prince of Wales.

It has previously rung for all major royals as a birthday tradition, but that appears to no longer be the case.

A spokesman for Westminster Abbey said: “The bells have also traditionally been rung to mark the birthdays of senior members of the Royal Family.

“Due to the financial challenges posted to the Abbey by the COVID-19 pandemic, and in consultation with Buckingham Palace, the bells will now ring only for the birthdays of HM The Queen and HRH The Prince of Wales.”

Other royals who will now miss out include Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward the Duchess of Cornwall and Kate’s husband Will. It will also not ring for Kate's brother-in-law Harry or wife Meghan, either.

The 39-year-old's birthday celebrations are set to be scaled back, due to worries surrounding the infections Omicron variant of the Coronavirus.

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