Prince William reportedly has no intention of seeing his estranged younger brother Prince Harry until a sad occasion.
Royal expert Sarah Hewson says she believes a family funeral will be the next time the brothers will be seen together publicly as William has “no plans” to end the rift, following revelations in a brand new royal book.
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“We have only seen Harry return for big family occasions – he came with Meghan for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, he came back for Prince Phillip’s funeral, then for his grandmother’s funeral and then of course for his father’s coronation, which albeit was a very fleeting visit,” she told The Sun’s Fabulous.
“But we don’t have any of those big family or state occasions on the horizon.
“I can’t think of any upcoming royal marriages, christenings, in the diary which would bring Harry back.”
“We also know that Harry and Meghan won’t be with the family at Sandringham this Christmas – I think that would be very awkward – so it’s very difficult to see any other occasion, other than perhaps a family funeral, where the brothers would be in the same place together.”
She went on to state that the “difficulty” with repairing the rift is that any time the brothers speak it is made public.
For example, Hewson refers to Harry and wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s call to King Charles for his birthday on November 14.
It is reportedly a step in the right direction for the King and his youngest son.
“Even the birthday phone call, we had the details that it was a warm conversation, that Megan also spoke to her father-in-law, and that Archie and Lily recorded a special rendition of happy birthday for their grandfather,” she went on.
“The fact that those private conversations do end up in the public domain is a problem, because if you are going to start rebuilding a relationship, the trust needs to be there.
“We once had hope for William and Harry when, after the death of Prince Phillip, Kate tried to instigate a conversation between them.
“And again, after the death of the Queen, when we saw all Harry and Meghan join William and Kate for the long walk around the tributes,” Hewson continued.
“We thought that might be a catalyst for change, that we might start to see a thawing of relations, but it didn’t come.”
“And in fact, things got worse after that with the publication of Spare where the Princess of Wales didn’t fare well and Harry portrayed Camilla as the wicked stepmother.
“I think it would be very, very, very difficult (to see a reconciliation) because there are some very deep rooted resentments and some very deep wounds between the brothers.”
This comes as journalist Omid Scobie, known widely as the “Sussex’s cheerleader,’ wrote in his new book Endgame: Inside the Royal Family and the Monarchy’s Fight for Survival that William “prioritised the monarchy” over his brother.
He has claimed that William would leak stories about his younger brother to the press.
William’s friends have slammed the claim sharing that he has always been “very tight-lipped when it comes to his family”.
“Like Harry, he is scarred by his childhood experiences, seeing his mother and father engaged in what was dubbed ‘the war of the Waleses,’” the statement to Daily Mail said.
“He never wanted history to repeat itself.”
Harry and Meghan stepped back as senior working royals in January 2020 before leaving the UK and moving to Montecito, California where they now live with their two children Prince Archie, four, and Princess Lilibet, two.
Scobie’s book also calls out William’s wife Catherine, Princess of Wales, claiming that she is “terrified to do anything more than grinning photo ops”.
“In the coverage of Kate, we infantilise her massively, so the bar is always lower,” he said.
“The small achievements that we’ve seen from the Princess of Wales wouldn’t, perhaps, be noticed if they were from another member of the family.
“But with Kate it’s like, ‘Wow!’”
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