Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will return to Los Angeles without any peace agreement having been reached with King Charles and Prince William, the Duchess’s friend Gayle King has said.
The CBS Mornings presenter was in London for the queen’s funeral and said the “commotion” caused by Megxit and the Sussexes’ interview with Oprah Winfrey has not been resolved.
Harry and William have repeatedly stood by their father, King Charles III, as he mourns the death of their mother. There was also a joint engagement with Meghan and Kate, but it remains to be seen whether this fragile truce will hold, especially with Harry’s memoir due out later this year.
Mrs King met Meghan and Harry after being introduced by Mrs Winfrey and attended the Duchess’s lavish baby shower hosted by Serena Williams and Amal Clooney. She is seen as one of the couple’s main allies in the American media.
Speaking after the Queen’s funeral, outside Westminster Abbey, he said: “There have been efforts on both sides … to fix this.”
Admitting that there was no rapprochement despite these ‘efforts’, he added: ‘Large families always go through drama, they always go through turbulence. It remains to be seen: will they get closer or will they part? I have no idea, I have no inside information on that, but I’ll tell you this: it was good to see Harry standing with his family.’
Meghan and Harry stayed at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor the night of Monday’s funeral, but it was reported that they would return to California as soon as possible to be with Archie, three, and Lilibet, one, after two weeks.
As the Royal Family mourns for another week, with all engagements canceled until next Tuesday, the Sussexes have not been seen in public since Harry puffed out his cheeks and Meghan looked ahead as she left St George’s Chapel as the Queen was buried.
It is not impossible, however, that they are already in their Montecito mansion.
Gayle King has revealed that efforts have been made “on both sides” to bridge the gap between the Sussexes and the royal family, but there has been no progress.
King Charles II and Camilla, Queen Consort with Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, at Her Majesty the Queen’s State Funeral
The Princess of Wales, the Prince of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex greet the public at Windsor Castle. It was one of several events where they found themselves side by side.
Prince Harry was seen exhaling as he got into a car with Meghan after the Queen’s engagement service in Windsor.
The Duchess of Sussex was visibly emotional during the state funeral and burial of her husband’s grandmother in London.
Extraordinary new photos have emerged of the Royal Family waiting together at Windsor Castle as they prepare to escort the Queen to her final resting place at St George’s Chapel.
The images show a familiar scene that is both ordinary and, given their positions, uniforms, and the intensely public nature of their grief, unlike any other.
They also offer a glimpse into the personal dynamics within the Royal Family following the much-publicized breakdown of the relationship between Prince William and his brother, Harry, and the latter’s regular criticism of the institution after Megxit.
In the photos, the stony-faced King Charles III stands with a ceremonial sword in one hand, occasionally chatting with other royals, including Prince Edward.
At other times, Edward is seen speaking with his brother, Prince Andrew, and Prince Harry with Peter Phillips, son of Anne, the Princess Royal, as they walk across a pristine lawn near St. George’s Chapel.
Harry also shares a conversation with Anne and her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Lawrence. Other royals are also in attendance, including Prince William and Lord Linley, one of Charles’s cousins.
The week saw several rare displays of public unity between Harry and William. On September 10, the Duke of Sussex and his wife, Meghan, were invited to join the Prince and Princess of Wales to inspect floral tributes outside Windsor Castle, while yesterday William appeared to direct the couple to their seats. in the Chapel of Saint George.
These images of the Royal Family waiting at Windsor Castle show a family scene that is both ordinary and, given their positions, uniforms and the intensely public nature of their grief, like no other. In this photo, Prince Andrew chats with Prince Edward with Peter Philips behind him.
In the photos, the stony-faced King Charles III stands with a ceremonial sword in one hand, occasionally chatting with other royals, including Prince Edward. Beside Edward is Prince William and Andrew. Also pictured are Prince Harry (left), Princess Anne and Sir Timothy.
The service in St. George’s Chapel ended with the Queen being buried alongside her parents, her sister and the Duke of Edinburgh.
His coffin was placed in the small King George VI Memorial Chapel, an annex to St George’s Chapel in Windsor, with those of Prince Philip, his father George VI and the Queen Mother.
Her Majesty’s wish was to be buried with her parents, her husband and the ashes of her sister, Princess Margaret, away from the much larger Royal Vault in St George’s Chapel.
Prince Harry “has an important role to play” in the royal family, but he needs to “get rid” of his upcoming memories to regain the trust of his relatives, Tina Brown said yesterday.
The former Vanity Fair editor suggested that the freezing of hostilities between the Duke of Sussex and his brother, the Prince of Wales, made it a good time to build bridges if he wanted to get more involved.
She told Lorraine: ‘This is an amazing time to be used. The country loved that feeling of unity and to see the brothers together again, it was a beautiful sight.
“But unless he gives up his book and the documentaries and interviews that tell it all, then there can be no trust. I think if he does, there may be a way.
The royal family needs you and there is a lot of work to be done. Kate does not want to travel the world, she is the mother of three children.
“They have to divvy these things up somehow and Harry has a big part to play if he wants to.” And if Meghan wants to, because she, of course, she hated it all.
Harry and Meghan together as they left Westminster Abbey yesterday afternoon
Brown suggested that the Sussexes could spend “four or five months” in California and the rest on royal duties.
She continued: ‘The question is whether each one has the gift to do it, because as we know, family rancor can run very deep.
‘If Harry doesn’t want to throw the book away, then I can’t see the way forward.’
Brown went on to suggest that the Sussexes would have far more potential to “do good” within the Royal Family than outside it.
“Diana always knew that being inside was what gave her power,” she said. “When she shook hands with the AIDS patient, she did it as the Princess of Wales, and she was bringing the sparkle of the monarchy to the moment that she made that gesture go around the world.”