Prince Harry's claims that his family is "trapped" within the monarchy aren't sitting well with his older brother, Prince William, who is reportedly happy to serve out his royal duties.
According to a source, the latter found Harry's words "way off the mark."
"He has a path set for him and he's completely accepting of his role," the source insisted of William to The Sunday Times. "He is very much his grandmother's grandson in that respect of duty and service."
During his interview with Oprah Winfrey, Harry explained that prior to moving out of England, he felt he didn't have any freedom.
"I am part of the system with them, I always have been, but I guess — and I'm very aware of this — my brother can't leave that system, but I have," he noted. "I was trapped, but I didn't know I was trapped. Trapped within the system like the rest of the family."
"My father and my brother are trapped," he insisted. "They don't get to leave, and I have huge compassion for that."
Winfrey then asked if William ever had thoughts about leaving the family. "I don't know. I can't speak for him," replied Harry.
Harry admitted his relationship with William has been strained, adding that they're currently giving each other "space."
"I love William to bits. He's my brother. We've been through hell together," he explained. "But we are on different paths."
According to TV star Gayle King, Harry and William have been in touch since the interview aired on March 7.
"Harry has talked to his brother and he has talked to his father too," she shared. "The word I was given was that those conversations were not productive. But they are glad that they have at least started a conversation."
Despite that, William is staying optimistic about their future.
"Once he got over the anger of how things happened, he was left with the absence of his brother," an insider said. "They shared everything about their lives, an office, a foundation, meetings together most days and there was a lot of fun along the way. He'll miss it forever."