The shared grief over the death of the Duke of Edinburgh is an “ideal opportunity” to repair rifts within the royal family, said former Prime Minister Sir John Major.
His comments came after Cardinal Vincent Nichols, leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, suggested that a gathering at Philip’s funeral might help ease tension.
The Duke of Sussex revealed a rift with members of his family during an interview with Oprah Winfrey last month.
During an appearance on the BBC’s Andrew Marr program, asked if he would agree with Mr Nichols, Sir John said, “I’m sure he’s right, I hope he’s right, I think he’s right, and I hope so in any case. “
“The friction we are told is a friction that is better ended as soon as possible and a shared emotion, a shared grief that I think is an ideal opportunity right now because of the death of their father, their grandfather.
“I very much hope that it is possible to repair any cracks that may exist.”
On Saturday, Mr. Nichols said on Times Radio, “Many families gather and overcome tension and broken relationships at the time of a funeral.”
“Something very deep connects them all again. And that would apply to this family, I’m sure, ”he said.
“Of course the whole ceremony is watched by everyone, but you think about the complexities of the dynamics in this family and we have to think of Harry, so far away. You think so. I’m sure it will come, but not being in public all the time might only help. “
The Duchess of Sussex accused some members of the royal family of racism when speaking to Winfrey during the March bombshell, and also said the institution had not helped her when she had suicidal thoughts.
Harry, who has not returned to the UK since retiring as Senior Royal a little over a year ago, told the chat show host that he was disappointed in his father, the Prince of Wales, and wanted to heal the relationship, but “There is a lot of pain that has happened”.
He described his relationship with the Duke of Cambridge as “space” but said he loved him and “hopefully time heals all things”.
The brothers’ rift dates back to before the Sussex wedding when Harry was reportedly upset by his brother’s “snobbish” attitude toward Meghan after William asked if he should join the ex-actress.
Following the Winfrey interview, the Queen issued a statement saying, “While some memories may vary,” the issues raised would be taken “very seriously” but treated privately as a family.