Prince William says he can't put his 'arm around' Prince Harry anymore: Report

Prince William told a friend he’s “sad” that he and Prince Harry are now “separate entities” after his brother announced plans earlier this week to step away from the British royal family, reported The Sunday Times.

“I’ve put my arm around my brother all our lives and I can’t do that any more; we’re separate entities,” William reportedly told the friend. “I’m sad about that.”

The Duke of Cambridge reportedly continued: “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.”

Harry and wife Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, sent shock waves around the world when they suddenly announced in a statement Wednesday that they planned to “step back” as senior members of the royal family.

“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 wrote in an Instagram post.

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 10: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the annual Remembrance Sunday service at The Cenotaph on November 10, 2019 in London, England. The armistice ending the First World War between the Allies and Germany was signed at Compiegne, France on eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month - 11am on the 11th November 1918. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2019/11/10: Anne, Princess Royal, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the annual Remembrance Sunday memorial at The Cenotaph, in Whitehall, London. (Photo by Steve Taylor/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attends the annual Remembrance Sunday memorial at The Cenotaph on November 10, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 10: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the annual Remembrance Sunday service at The Cenotaph on November 10, 2019 in London, England. The armistice ending the First World War between the Allies and Germany was signed at Compiegne, France on eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month - 11am on the 11th November 1918. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (C) and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (L) take part in the National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph on 10 November, 2019 in London, England, held annually to commemorate military personnel who died in the line of duty on the anniversary of the end of the First World War. (Photo by WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, (L) and Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (R) lay a wreath at the Cenotaph during the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph on Whitehall in central London, on November 10, 2019. - Remembrance Sunday is an annual commemoration held on the closest Sunday to Armistice Day, November 11, the anniversary of the end of the First World War and services across Commonwealth countries remember servicemen and women who have fallen in the line of duty since WWI. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the annual Remembrance Sunday memorial at The Cenotaph on November 10, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attends the annual Remembrance Sunday memorial at The Cenotaph on November 10, 2019 in London, England. The armistice ending the First World War between the Allies and Germany was signed at Compiègne, France on eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month - 11am on the 11th November 1918. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attends the annual Remembrance Sunday memorial at The Cenotaph on November 10, 2019 in London, England. The armistice ending the First World War between the Allies and Germany was signed at Compiègne, France on eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month - 11am on the 11th November 1918. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, (L) and Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (R) lay a wreath at the Cenotaph during the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph on Whitehall in central London, on November 10, 2019. - Remembrance Sunday is an annual commemoration held on the closest Sunday to Armistice Day, November 11, the anniversary of the end of the First World War and services across Commonwealth countries remember servicemen and women who have fallen in the line of duty since WWI. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2019/11/10: Anne, Princess Royal, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the annual Remembrance Sunday memorial at The Cenotaph, in Whitehall, London. (Photo by Steve Taylor/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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They said they will work to become “financially independent” while continuing to support the queen and plan to split their time between the United Kingdom and North America. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s incredible announcement followed their return from a six-week royal sabbatical in Canada. The couple has expressed displeasure with some media outlets’ coverage of their relationship, including racist comments about Meghan, whose mother is Black and father is white.

Members of the royal family were reportedly shocked and angered by the couple’s decision.

Harry is expected to meet with Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles and William on Monday at one of the royal family’s country houses to discuss next steps, according to multiple reports. Meghan could possibly join the conversation remotely.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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