Prince Harry returned to the UK recently for the funeral of his grandfather, Prince Philip. While back in his homeland, Harry reportedly had a private conversation with his father, Prince Charles, and brother, Prince William.
However, according to a royal insider, those conversations were “very tense.” It seems there is still a long way to go before the rift is healed.
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At the beginning of April, Harry returned to the U.K. for the first time since he and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, stepped down as the highest-ranking royals. The Duke of Sussex was back home with his family for his grandfather’s funeral.
This was the first time Harry had been face-to-face with his family members since the bombshell interview he and Meghan gave Oprah Winfrey.
The Express said Harry wrote a “very personal” message to his father before flying to England. The cameras saw Harry talking to William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, after Prince Philip’s funeral. It was the first time William and Harry were seen together in a year.
Conversations were only the “first step
It is not a secret that since Harry moved to America with Meghan and their son Archie Harrison, the prince’s relationship with his family has been quite strained.
In an effort to clear the air, Harry privately visited his father and brother after Prince Philip’s funeral.
But according to royal author Phil Dampier, that’s just the “first step” in trying to mend the rift between Harry and his family.
“The relationship between the so-called former ‘Fab Four’ – Harry, Meghan, William and Kate – is now so fractured and fragile that everyone is looking for the slightest sign that things are getting better…or worse,” Dampier said. “The talks after Prince Philip’s funeral were a start, but they were clearly very tense and only a first step.”
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Dampier went on to rebuke Harry and Meghan for their “war” with the royal family, calling it “unnecessary and counterproductive.”
The royal expert believes the Duke and Duchess of Sussex “should stop playing the victim and stop toying with their royal connections by leaking stories while pleading for privacy.”
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“Harry and Meghan now have everything they need to be happy when they become so,” Dampier said. “A son, a daughter on the way, their freedom from the royal family and the means to make money and get involved in cases that interest them. Waging a war with Harry’s blood family is unnecessary and counterproductive, and the sooner they realize that, the better.”
A Conservative Party MP says the British public has “written off” the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
The shocking allegations made by Harry and Meghan have led to the couple being “written off” by the British public, according to Conservative Party MP Andrew Rosindell. He says that what has happened to Harry is “a great sadness for the queen” and it is also “very sad for the country.”
“It was only three years ago when he had this wonderful wedding. But then in less than two years to have effectively resigned from the royal family is a great shame,” Rosindell said.
“Perhaps when he comes back for Prince Philip’s funeral, he will be reminded of what he gave up. But the country has moved on now. They do see him as part of the royal family, but they don’t see him in a role anymore.”
Prince Harry ‘has crossed the line’
Another royal expert, Charlie Rae, agrees that the United Kingdom has moved on from Harry and Meghan. He says the rift between the Duke of Sussex and his family “will not be resolved.”
He also claims that Charles and William will never open their arms to Harry again because he “crossed the line” when he accused his family of racism.
“Out in the U.S., Harry looks like a frightened rabbit standing in the headlights,” Rae told the Mirror. “I think this is a problem that will never go away, it will not be solved. I don’t think William and Charles will reach out their open arms to Harry again in light of what he said.”