Healing the royal family rift may be easier said than done. Though an insider claimed Queen Elizabeth II is taking a "very measured, sensible approach" when it comes to mending ties with Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and the rest of the family, a royal expert predicts that the damage between Harry and older brother Prince William may be irreparable.
Royal expert Angela Levin explained, "I suspect what happens in the end is that William and Harry will have a sort of, 'Gosh is colder today than it was yesterday' type of relationship."
In Harry and Meghan's sit-down with Oprah Winfrey, the pair revealed they endured a number of troubles before they stepped down from their royal roles. To start, they both claimed members of the family had "concerns" over the color of their son Archie's skin, while Harry expressed his disappointment that no one offered help when they were struggling with their mental health.
Harry also revealed he felt "really let down" by his father, Prince Charles, who he claims gave him no support and even stopped taking his calls. "There’s a lot of hurt that's happened," confessed Harry, who added that for the time being, he and William are giving each other "space" as they're "on different paths."
The former actress also clarified that the report claiming she made William's wife, Kate Middleton, cry over flower girl dresses for her and Harry's nuptials was untrue — instead, it was Kate who caused Meghan to burst into tears, she said.
It's that anecdote that may have caused the most harm to the family's relationship. "I don't think William would ever forgive Harry because he feels very protective of his wife and he is shocked at their rudeness about the Queen," Levin noted during her appearance on The Andrew Pierce Show. "So I think you can't really repair that."
That being said, Levin acknowledged that Kate may step up and encourage her husband to reach out to Harry: "I think that Catherine, who comes from a very stable background and is very caring about families, might try to persuade him to have at least some sort of relationship."