Sad news, royal reconciliation hopefuls. It looks like things are still fundamentally *not okay* between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and Harry’s older brother/next-in-line-for-the-throne, Prince William.
According to a royal source who spoke to The Sun, Will (along with other royals, including King Charles) has been deeply hurt by the Sussexes’ candid approach to sharing their story (including anecdotes that feature other members of The Firm) since their royal exit became permanent in spring of 2021. The lingering pain from the Sussexes’ tell-all interviews has made it impossible for Will to fully welcome Harry and Meghan back into the royal family’s innermost circle.
“After the Queen died, both brothers understood that they had to put personal feelings aside for the sake of their grandmother,” a royal insider described as knowing both Harry and William explained. “Both men have tried but, on William’s side, he just does not trust his brother or sister-in-law. How can he have frank conversations with Harry when he is worried one or the other will misinterpret what’s said, take offense and/or talk about it publicly?”
Gut. Punch. Right? But it doesn’t stop there. The source went on to confirm that because of ^^^^ Harry was definitely iced out from a lot of important meetings/discussions/etc. directly following the Queen’s death—something that hit hard for him.
“This inevitably means that Harry was shut out from much of the business of state with William and Charles in the days after the Queen’s death. Their view is that Harry chose this path and so cannot be involved,” the source added. “From Harry’s point of view, he still wants an admission from both the family and the ‘men in grey suits,’ as he calls them, that he and his wife were wronged. He doesn’t trust the institution and has repeatedly said he felt stifled and, towards the end, persecuted. He has really struggled these past few weeks, and has felt he’s done his duty to support his father. Yet the debacle over uniforms and reception invitations has really not helped and has just reinforced his sense of loss and inferiority. He felt as if he was being punished by the Firm.”
Here’s holding out hope that the connections Harry and William were able to make (like that Fab Four reunion walkabout in Windsor) turn out to be the first steps to real healing.
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