Harry and William speak of brotherly bond

Prince Harry and Prince William meet wellwishers at Sandringham Picture: Matthew Usher.

Prince Harry and Prince William meet wellwishers at Sandringham Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

Prince Harry has a close bond with his older brother the Duke of Cambridge, who he has chosen as his best man.

Their shared memories of childhood and the support they offer each other has been invaluable in adulthood.

Growing up together, they jointly experienced the scrutiny that comes with royal life.

Both have served in the military, facing the rigours of training at Sandhurst, followed by a career, for a time, in the forces.

They play polo together, and live close to one another at Kensington Palace, where they grew up.

It comes as no surprise that Harry has asked William to be his best man.

Although different in character, the pair have remained friends, and are at ease in one another's company, frequently making jokes about each other's hair at royal appearances.

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Harry, more open and outspoken, has always been seen as more of the party prince compared with William.

Considered more reckless and the daredevil one, Harry's most famous stunts have included being photographed playing strip billiards while on holiday in Las Vegas.

Future king William is seen as more cautious, and more measured in his approach.

But Harry, who was the spare to the heir until William had children, has settled down in recent years, concentrating on his charity work, and is now preparing to wed American former actress Meghan Markle.

The brothers jointly work together on their Royal Foundation, striving to raise awareness surrounding mental health issues, along with other charitable work.

Harry was also William's best man when he married Kate Middleton in 2011.

At the altar, it was Harry who reassured him that all was going smoothly on the big day.

Harry's best man speech was said to be both hilarious and touching. William now has to return the favour.

But their friendship has a sadness at its roots.

The brothers had to endure losing their mother at a young age, an experience which brought them together in grief.

Harry and William were aged just 12 and 15 when their mother Diana, Princess of Wales, was killed in a car crash in Paris in 1997 and the brothers sought comfort from one another during their difficult teenage years.

Both have spoken of the warmth their mother showed them in childhood and how she strove to make them aware of those less fortunate than them.

Last year, they marked the 20th anniversary of Diana's death, viewing tributes left for the princess at her former home, Kensington Palace, and commissioning a statue in her memory.

When Harry turned 21, he described William as the one person on the planet with whom he could talk about everything.

'It's amazing how close we've become,' Harry said. 'I mean, ever since our mother died, obviously we were close, but he is the one person on this earth who I can actually really ... we can talk about anything.

'We understand each other and we give each other support.'