Following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, there have been reports of King Charles III’s desire to reconcile with his youngest son, Prince Harry. However, not everyone within the royal family is enthusiastic about the prospect of a reunion with the Duke of Sussex.
A royal expert has voiced concerns that not severing ties with Harry entirely and allowing him to reintegrate into the royal fold in any capacity could have far-reaching negative consequences for other members of the monarchy.
Dr. Ed Owens, a renowned royal historian, commentator, and author of “After Elizabeth: Can the Monarchy Save Itself?”, shared his insights with GB News about the delicate situation King Charles faces and the potential for a family feud if he attempts to reconcile with Prince Harry.
“The current relationship between the father and son is quite strained,” Dr. Owens explained. “King Charles must consider that Harry’s presence in Britain is somewhat contentious.”
A 2023 YouGov poll revealed a significant drop in popularity for both Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, in the UK, reaching an all-time low. Dr. Owens pointed out that it’s not only the British public but also key members of the monarchy who are not eager to welcome Harry back into the fold, including the future king, Prince William, who appears hesitant about reconciliation.
“We are aware that the relationship between Harry and his brother is particularly tense,” Dr. Owens added. “Any efforts by Charles to mend the relationship with Harry could have wider negative repercussions on his relationships with other family members. There are clearly members of the family who are not prepared to forgive Harry for his actions.”
Since the Sussexes stepped down as working royals and relocated overseas, relations between Prince William and Prince Harry have reportedly deteriorated further. Insiders suggest that the siblings have not communicated for an extended period, and they were deliberately separated during their father’s coronation.
Many royal observers now believe that, given the Oprah Winfrey interview, the Harry & Meghan docuseries, and Harry’s upcoming memoir, the rift between the brothers may be irreparable.
A source close to Prince William expressed deep anger over Harry’s public statements, stating, “He feels utterly betrayed… he harbors strong negative feelings towards Harry for the damage he has caused to the family through interviews and publications… It’s no secret that he would prefer it if Harry never returned to England.”
The royal family’s internal dynamics continue to be a source of public fascination and speculation.