After the Queen’s funeral, Harry and Meghan’s future role in the Royal Family remains uncertain – iNews

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will fly back to the US after the Queen’s funeral with their future role in the Royal Family no more certain than before the ceremonies of the last few days.

There have been signs of reconciliation between Prince Harry and Prince William, as they viewed floral tributes outside Windsor last week and walked side by side behind the Queen’s coffin.

Harry also showed he retains much public support amid the row over whether he should be given permission to wear military uniform at mourning events ahead of the service at Westminster Abbey.

He was eventually granted permission, only to find that the Queen’s “ER” initials were removed from the shoulder of the Blues and Royals tunic he wore while standing vigil beside his grandmother’s coffin on Saturday. He was said to have been “heartbroken” by the decision.

The late monarch’s initials appeared on the shoulders of the Prince of Wales and the disgraced Duke of York’s uniforms that night, with the Sunday Times reporting that Harry was “devastated” by the change and even considered wearing a morning suit instead to avoid humiliation.

“To remove his grandmother’s initials feels very intentional,” a source told the paper. It was the first time Harry, who served two tours in Afghanistan, had worn the uniform since he stepped down as a senior royal and was stripped of his honorary military titles in 2020.

Britain's Prince William, Prince of Wales (L) and Britain's Prince Harry (C), Duke of Sussex arrive at Westminster Abbey in London on September 19, 2022, for the State Funeral Service for Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. - Leaders from around the world will attend the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. The country's longest-serving monarch, who died aged 96 after 70 years on the throne, will be honoured with a state funeral on Monday morning at Westminster Abbey. (Photo by Marco BERTORELLO / AFP) (Photo by MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP via Getty Images)
The two brothers mourned together but face different futures (Photo: Marco Bertorello/AFP via Getty)

There are now fears that rather than the rift between Harry and the rest of the Royal Family being healed in the days since the Queen’s death, his treatment may have made the problem worse.

The funeral itself certainly showed the widening divide in the roles of King Charles’s two sons. While Prince William and his son George were seen sitting on the front row in the Abbey, Prince Harry was in the second row behind his father, alongside Princess Eugenie and Lady Louise Windsor.

The Sussexes, who have been staying at Frogmore Cottage in the grounds of Windsor after arriving in the UK shortly before the Queen’s death for a series of charity events, will now fly back to the US where it is reported their children Archie and Lilibet have remained.

The Duchess of Sussex during the ceremonial procession of the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall, London, where it will lie in state ahead of her funeral on Monday. Picture date: Wednesday September 14, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story DEATH Queen. Photo credit should read: Daniel Leal/PA Wire
The Duchess of Sussex, pictured during the ceremonial procession of the Queen’s coffin (Photo: Daniel Leal/PA)

King Charles is not expected to reveal the children’s new titles until after the official mourning period ends on 26 September. There has been speculation they will be named as a prince and princess but will not receive HRH titles, as Harry is no longer a working royal.

Much about Harry’s future could depend on the publication of his memoir, which has reportedly been delayed following the Queen’s death.

King Charles reportedly worries that it will damage the family’s reputation, particularly in the US, and reopen wounds created by the Sussexes’ shocking Oprah Winfrey interview just a month before the Duke of Edinburgh’s death in 2021.

One suggestion is that the King is “seriously considering” allowing the couple to become part-time royals. But, for that to happen, some royal watchers insist, the book and its £17m price tag might have to disappear.

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