Prince Harry and William relationship 'fractured' says expert
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have not returned to the UK for nearly over a year since stepping back as senior royals. Meghan and Harry were last seen in Britain in March 2020 to complete their final round of royal engagements.
However, since their explosive interview with US chat show legend Oprah Winfrey, the Sussexes’ return to the UK and public reunion with the Royal Family has been mocked.
Meghan and Harry spoke to Oprah about their decision to step back as senior members of the Royal Family.
Royal commentator and columnist Daniela Elser wrote on on news.com.au that in Britain “while the public might now be looking at Buckingham Palace through their fingers with new, horrified eyes, there is also a view that Harry and Meghan have just done something unforgivable.”
She added: “The notion that Harry might one day ever again stand on the Buckingham Palace balcony surrounded by his family in a heartwarming show of unity now seems laughable.
“Harry and Meghan might be the victims here but they have also, knowingly or not, cast themselves out into the wilderness. “
During the interview with Oprah, Harry claimed that his brother and father were “trapped” in the Royal Family.
Harry told Oprah he felt “really let down” by how Prince Charles handled his decision to leave the UK and step back from royal duties with Meghan.
Ms Elser added: “Harry, speaking to Oprah, referred to the UK as ‘home’ but it seems hard to imagine hordes of flag-waving fans will be lining his route home from Heathrow on the day he zips back across the Pond.”
Harry is rumoured to be returning to the UK in the summer to unveil a statue of his late mother alongside William.
Princess Diana was tragically killed in a car crash in Paris in 1997 and last August marked 23 years since her death.
The statue of the late Princess of Wales commissioned by Harry and William is expected to be installed to mark what would have been her 60th birthday.
Kensington Palace previously said the sculpture will be placed in the garden of the London palace on July 1, 2021.
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Ms Elser explained how under the current circumstances it would be hard for the two brothers to portray “any sort of chummy front” after Harry’s discussion with Oprah.
Buckingham Palace released a statement a day after the interview was first broadcast in the UK on Monday evening on ITV.
The Palace statement read: “The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan. The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning.
“Whilst some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately. Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members.”
According to the US network CBS, nearly 50 million people across the world have watched Meghan and Harry’s discussion with Oprah.
Boris Johnson said he has always had the “highest admiration” for the Queen but refused to comment on Meghan and Harry’s discussion with Oprah.
During a Downing Street press briefing, the Prime Minister said: “I have always had the highest admiration for the Queen and the unifying role that she plays in our country and across the Commonwealth.
“As for all other matters to do with the Royal Family, I have spent a long time now not commenting on Royal Family matters and I don’t intend to depart from that today.”
Mr Johnson added: “I really think that when it comes to matters to do with the Royal Family, the right thing for prime ministers to say is nothing and nothing is the thing that I propose to say today about that particular matter.”
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