The Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex can reconcile – but they’ll only get back to normal if Meghan Markle isn’t in the picture, a royal expert has claimed.
Kinsey Schofield, a Los Angeles-based royal correspondent who runs the website Daily on Tue told The mirror: “Unfortunately, I think things will only get back to normal if Prince Harry and Meghan Markle split up and Prince Harry returns to the UK solo.”
“However, Harry would never leave his children in another country.”
Kinsey said she believes Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, will play a key role if William and Harry are to heal the rift between them.
“I believe the Duchess of Cambridge is a very strong proponent of reunions, but I also imagine that she knows her husband’s head and heart and will not push for something he is not ready for.”
However, it also believed the rift began long before Harry’s vociferous criticism of the royal family during a series of media interviews.
In his book Battle of the BrothersRoyal biographer Robert Lacey claimed the brother became more and more aloof after William told Harry he was moving “too fast” with Meghan – trying to keep his younger brother from marrying his new love.
Harry was reportedly upset by this when he asked if William was more concerned about his happiness or more concerned about the relationship’s impact on ‘The Firm’ – an inside nickname for the royal family.
“This anger and this distrust – this distance – has lasted to this day,” claimed Robert.
And it is believed that it only increased after Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah Winfrey in March, which contained bomb allegations that plunged the family into a new crisis – while their grandfather, Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh, was seriously ill .
Harry told Oprah in March that there was “room” between him and William, adding, “Hopefully time will heal all things.”
Since then, he has made several other harmful allegations – including on his new TV show The me you can’t see on Apple TV, a claim that The Firm partnered with the media to launch a smear campaign against his wife in advance of her first interview with Oprah.
“Before the Oprah interview aired, because of the headlines and the combined efforts of the company and the media to smear (Meghan), I was woken in the middle of the night when she was crying on her pillow,” Harry said.
In the opening episodes of the Oprah Winfrey documentary series on mental health, Harry said he used alcohol to “mask” his feelings, talked about Meghan’s struggles with suicidal thoughts and how therapy has given him hope.
And the Duke again criticized his father’s parenting skills, claiming that Prince Charles expected his sons to endure the pressures of royal life, just as Charles did instead of protecting them.
He accused the royal family of “total neglect” when his wife Meghan felt suicidal amid social media harassment – and exposed his struggles with panic attacks and severe fear.