The relationship between the former Fab Four – royals Catherine and William, Harry and Meghan – is permanently broken and can’t be fixed, according to one expert.
According to former BBC royal correspondent Jennie Bond, Kate and William have “closed their minds” to the possibility of the rift with Harry and Meghan being healed.
Speaking to OK Magazine, Bond said it was clear the Princess of Wales had been “hurt and insulted by things that Harry and Meghan have said”.
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Bond cited a “blazing row” the two sets of royals had after Prince Philip’s funeral in April 2021 as evidence that some fences aren’t that easy to mend.
“There comes a point when you just have to accept that happy families are not a game that everyone can play,” she said.
“Catherine has been hurt and insulted by things that Harry and Meghan have said, but she and William are a very strong team, and I suspect that, together, they’ve come to the conclusion that the rift with Harry cannot be fixed in the foreseeable future.
“They’ve closed their minds to that possibility and decided to get on with their lives.”
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Prince Harry has returned to the UK several times since he and wife Meghan stepped away from royal duties and moved to the US in 2020.
But he has barely been seen, let alone photographed with, his older sibling on these occasions.
Catherine, Princess of Wales takes part in a mental health podcast during her visit at Streets of Growth on September 19, 2023 in London, England. Credit: WPA Pool/Getty Images
Harry seemingly had very little to do with William and Kate at his father King Charles’ coronation, or during a trip to London for a court case against the UK tabloids.
The last time all four were photographed together was during a funeral service for the late Queen Elizabeth in Windsor last year.
Catherine, William, Harry and Meghan at Windsor after the death of Queen Elizabeth. Credit: Chris Jackson/Getty Images
Since then, Harry’s book Spare and a six-part Netflix documentary series about Harry and Meghan’s departure from the UK have likely thrown a spanner in the works when it comes to any attempt at reconciliation between the warring brothers and their partners.
Despite the tensions, it has been reported that King Charles may be “forced” to let his son stay at Kensington Palace the next time he visits the UK.
That’s because Harry is still a counsellor-of-state, meaning he could deputise for the King should he be unwell or overseas.
Others to have this role include Princess Anne and Prince Edward.
Counsellors of state must have a home in Britain, but since departing for the US, Harry’s previous abode, Frogmore Cottage, is no longer his.
Meghan, Harry, William and Catherine in 2018, before Harry and Meghan’s departure for the US. Credit: Getty Images
It’s understood a property would be leased to Harry and Meghan should they ever need to come to the UK for Harry to perform counsellor-of-state duties.
When one royal source told The Sunday Times that rooms in Kensington Palace could be offered up to the pair, Buckingham Palace quickly shot the rumour down.
“These claims are not true,” it said in a statement to the publication.
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