In what has been a tempestuous and emotional few weeks for the House of Windsor, it appears as though the storm has not yet subsided for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Despite King Charles expressing his love for his estranged son and daughter-in-law during his first official speech as monarch, and claims that the Prince and Princess of Wales offered them an “olive branch”, royal commentator Duncan Larcombe is sceptical that the “royal reunion” will happen.
Speaking exclusively to OK!, Duncan explained, “When William and Kate became the Prince and Princess of Wales, one of their first jobs was to reach out to Meghan and Harry, and Charles explicitly affirmed their relationship in his speech, no matter what has been said and done.
“Now Meghan and Harry have returned to California knowing that the ball is in their court. The fact remains that the life they built in America is incompatible with Harry attaining any meaningful role in the royal family.”
As well as having been “demoted” on the royal family’s official website – now featuring second-to-last on a list of royal family members below the likes of Princess Alexandra, a cousin of the late Queen and 56th in the line of succession – last week also saw Harry and Meghan confronted by several accusations made in royal biographer Valentine Low’s upcoming book Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind the Crown.
And Duncan believes these fresh claims will distance Harry, 38, and Meghan, 41, from the family yet again.
He explained, “Meghan hasn’t held back when discussing the royals in the Oprah stint, her Spotify podcasts and her interview with The Cut. Harry and Meghan broke the golden rule of being royal – that you don’t sell out your family.
"Some of the people involved will have felt aggrieved at Meghan’s hands – and they’re free to speak to writers like Valentine.
"Harry and Meghan are going to see these accusations appearing in Valentine’s book and I think they are going to believe they have been hung out to dry.
“In my opinion it’s only Meghan With the Duke and Duchess of Sussex back in the US and yet more damning claims made against them, a royal expert says that it’s unlikely a family reunion will occur and Harry who can decide what they want.
"Do they want to forgive and forget, creating unity with the royal family? Or do they want a wholly separated life in California? They cannot have both.
“Charles, Camilla, William and Kate are entering a new era of the institution. It’s up to Harry and Meghan whether they want all or nothing.”
It remains to be seen whether relations improve following the show of unity at the Queen’s funeral last month, but reports last week claimed the Sussexes were attempting to edit and “tone down” their Netflix docuseries – which is due out in December.
Let’s hope any blows can be softened.
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