William, Prince of Wales, has "no plans" to see his younger brother, Prince Harry, and this could last for years. Any appearances with the royals outside large events such as King Charles III's coronation would be seen as "awkward," and no grand celebrations are on the monarchy's schedule anytime soon.
"We have only seen Harry return for big family occasions — he came with Meghan for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, he came back for Prince Philip’s funeral, then for his grandmother’s funeral. And then, of course, for his father’s coronation, which albeit was a very fleeting visit," royal expert Sarah Hewson dished.
"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 [or] christenings in the diary which would bring Harry back," she added.
The Duke of Sussex and Meghan Markle have not been in Britain together since Queen Elizabeth II's funeral in September 2022, with many monarchy analysts claiming the former actress is "over" the United Kingdom. The rift between William and the Sussex duo got more severe after their Netflix documentary and Harry's memoir, Spare, both directly attacked his character. Even at the late Queen's grand state farewell last year, the one-time close brothers are barely seen interacting with one another on camera.
Omid Scobie's new book, Endgame, has shed new light on the state of their relationship, with the future king receiving a lot of the blame for how their dynamic deteriorated. The co-author of 2020's bestselling, Finding Freedom, also spoke with sources who revealed just how nasty the rift has gotten since Charles III ascended the throne.
"[The Netflix series] took the wind out of everyone's sails," a palace insider spilled to the Sussex "cheerleader." "[Charles] went from not wanting anyone to talk about his son to openly criticizing 'that fool.' At the palace, heads were in hands, and migraines were brewing," Scobie wrote.
But unlike the Prince of Wales — who has reportedly been "disgusted" with Harry and Meghan for years now — the King could be coming around to the same line of thinking as his heir.
"The difficulty with this situation is that private conversations are regularly becoming public," Hewson observed. "Even the birthday phone call, we had the details that it was a warm conversation, that Meghan also spoke to her father-in-law, and that Archie and Lily recorded a special rendition of 'Happy Birthday' for their grandfather."
She concluded: "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 Philip, Kate tried to instigate a conversation between them."
The New York Post reported on the expert opinions.