Prince Harry has lost his ‘only ally’ in the Royal Family following the Queen’s death, a royal expert has claimed, as the public reconciliation between the Sussexes and the Waleses appears to remain ‘very much temporary’.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were at the heart of royal mourning following the death of the Queen, but The Mirror’s royal editor Russel Myers says that the olive branches offered by the Prince of Wales and King Charles were just ‘sticking plasters on a great wound’ as the rift continues between Harry and his family.
He claims that there is still ‘a lot of distrust in the camp’ from Prince William’s perspective, despite inviting his brother to a Windsor walkabout where the Fab Four consoled mourning well-wishers ahead of the Queen’s state funeral.
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Speaking on True Royalty TV’s the Royal Beat, Myers said that the truce between Harry and William was ultimately ‘for the Queen’ but the Duke of Sussex has a long way to go in rebuilding trust with his brother following the late monarch’s passing.
Tensions between the brothers are expected to worsen as Prince Harry’s explosive memoir is set to come out this November.
When asked about the reconciliation between the royal couples, Myers claimed that Prince Harry has “lost his only ally in this family” following the Queen’s death.
He said: “The olive branch being extended by the King in his statement, the fact William invited them to Windsor… these are sticking plasters on a great wound that he has had a huge hand in… Is he [now] really regretting his conduct over the last couple of years?”
“I don’t know where they go from here, and I can only see it getting worse because of this book. Even if it is a percentage of what we think it’s going to be, it’s going to be even worse for him. I don’t see a way back for him.”
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The royal expert’s comments come after news that Prince Harry reportedly ‘snubbed’ a dinner invite with Charles and William at Balmoral after Meghan was barred from joining the royals on the day the late monarch died.
It is understood that King Charles told his son that only the Queen’s closest relatives should be by her side on the day of her death, as he pointed out that the Princess of Wales was not travelling to Balmoral.
The dispute is said to have delayed Prince Harry’s arrival in Scotland as he missed an RAF flight taken by his brother William, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.
Myers said that a source close to William and Kate insists that the Fab Four’s rift is ongoing as the Royal Family awaits Harry’s upcoming memoir.
“[The truce] was for the Queen. The Queen was always about unity, especially of her family,” he said.
“And she would have wanted the boys to come together, and certainly William extended that invitation to the Sussexes to come forward and take part in that walkabout.
“But as far as [William] is concerned, there is still an awful lot of distrust in the camp.”
King Charles is allegedly waiting for Prince Harry’s memoir to be released before he decides whether the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s children will inherit royal titles following the Queen’s death.
When Charles became king, Archie and Lilibet inherited the right to be a HRH, but according to a new book by Vanity Fair’s royal editor Katie Nicholl, the new monarch is yet to make a decision on their titles.
You can watch this episode of The Royal Beat now on True Royalty TV