Recent reports and statements from various sources have brought to light the evolving dynamics within the British Royal Family, particularly between Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and other senior royals.
The focus of this intrigue centers around the Sussexes’ plans for the upcoming Christmas holidays and the state of their relationship with the family.
According to a recent report from the Economic Times, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have decided not to attend the Royal Christmas celebrations in the UK this year.
This decision aligns with comments from a royal biographer, who indicated that “reconciliation is not an option” for the couple with the Royal Family at this time. The report also suggests that Prince Harry is seeking an apology from the Royal Family for past grievances, including alleged collusion with the press.
Page Six details a new book that sheds light on an argument between Prince Harry and King Charles III, where Harry reportedly questioned his father about wanting to see his grandchildren. This dispute is said to have occurred during discussions about the Sussexes giving up their UK residence, Frogmore Cottage. The book also claims that King Charles has had limited interaction with his grandchildren, having met Lilibet only once and seen Archie infrequently.
Reportedly, King Charles was disappointed with the leakage of details from a private phone call with Prince Harry, which took place on November 14th to wish the monarch a happy 75th birthday. This call, which included a birthday song from Prince Harry and Meghan’s children, was not followed by their attendance at King Charles’ birthday celebration. There was speculation that this call might lead to a reconciliation between Prince Harry and his father.
Further thoughts from royal experts suggest that despite the polite phone call between Prince Harry and King Charles, the rift between Prince Harry and his brother, Prince William, has hardened. This makes a reconciliation during the Christmas period seem unlikely. Royal insiders reportedly find it “bizarre” to think that the Sussexes could easily re-enter the royal fold after publicly criticizing royal life.
The tension between Prince Harry and Prince William has escalated since Harry’s marriage to Meghan Markle in 2018 and subsequent departure from senior royal duties in 2020. The rift was further deepened following the Sussexes’ interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2021, where they made several allegations about the Royal Family.