The Sussexes’ ties to the royal family have soured, with Harry even claiming to Oprah that his father “shut up” on him over the conflict
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s relationship with the royal family has been strained after they made the decision to step away from royal duties and relocate to the United States. However, the loss of Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, changed the dynamic at home and gave him a chance to improve relationships with his family.
To clear the air, Harry and Markle paid a visit to King Charles III and Camilla, Queen Consort as they stopped in the UK on their way to The Hague for the Invictus Games. The Duke of Sussex reportedly recommended an intermediary to fill the gap when he met up with his father and Camilla during the visit to the UK around Easter this year, according to Vanity Fair.
In a passage from royal expert Katie Nicholl’s book ‘The New Royals’, a family friend is quoted as saying: ‘Harry walked in with hugs and the best of intentions and said he wanted to clean the air. He actually suggested they use an intermediary to try and work things out, which confused Charles a little and spluttered Camilla into her tea. She told Harry it was ridiculous and that they were family and would work it out between themselves.
Harry made this suggestion because Charles had requested the mediator’s presence when the Sussexes met with the late Queen. King Charles wanted to prevent Harry from charming Her Majesty the same way Andrew did, and getting her to agree to anything without his consent.
According to other claims, Harry and Meghan were delayed, leaving Charles just 15 minutes to spend with his son and daughter-in-law as he had to leave for the Royal Maundy Service in Windsor Castle. The Sussexes’ ties to the royal family have soured, with Harry even claiming to Oprah that his father “turned him off” over the conflict.
Gayle King, a close friend of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and host of CBS Mornings, even claimed that there was still “uproar” over Meghan and Harry’s decision to give up their royal duties and their interview with Oprah Winfrey, despite Charles’ offer Reconciliation.
“There have been efforts on both sides to sort this out somehow. Big families always go through drama, always go through turmoil. It remains to be seen – will they move closer together or will they be pulled apart? I have no idea, I don’t have any inside information on this, but I’ll tell you one thing: It was good to see Harry standing with his family,” King said, claiming there was no reconciliation.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who have been separated from their children Archie and Lilibet for the past two weeks, are reportedly keen to return to their California home in Montecito.