Any hopes of a much-anticipated reconciliation between Prince William and Prince Harry seemed to have been dashed after developments suggested that a resolution between the estranged brothers may no longer be possible.
The once close-knit bond between the brothers has been strained for some time after Harry and his wife Meghan Markle made the decision to step away from the Royal Family in 2020, citing media pressure and a desire for more independence.
Adding further fuel to the fire, Harry has remained outspoken about his royal life, taking more than a few public swipes at the Royal Family.
Most recently, Harry dominated global headlines after the release of his memoir and a series of “revealing and explosive” tell-all interviews in which he delivered several attacks against members of his family.
During the infamous Oprah interview in 2021, Harry also described royal life as a “mixture between The Truman Show and being in a zoo” and opened up about King Charles’ parenting style.
Despite the ongoing tensions, there had been some hope that the brothers would eventually mend their fractured relationship, particularly after rumours surfaced that Harry had recently offered an olive branch to William.
A royal insider revealed to In Touch magazine that Harry had “phoned William to call a truce”, telling his brother that “he and Meghan would be open to going back to London, where they would serve King Charles”.
“Harry is starting to wonder if they made the right decision leaving England. He’s even suggested to Meghan that they return to London and the royal family,” the insider told the publication.
Despite such rumours, a reconciliation might be a distant hope after royal author and journalist Tom Bower suggested that he believes “Harry’s offer will ultimately be rejected.”
“I doubt William and Kate can forgive Harry. I don’t think he can come back – he’s caused so much damage to the family and the concern now is that if he does return, he could well damage it even further,” he told OK!
Bower believes Markle would oppose the idea of reconciling with the Royal Family, suggesting that she “would’ve been horrified” by the idea.
“She’s not close to William and Kate, and in my opinion, London was just a stepping stone for her,” he said.
“I would imagine the last thing she’d want to do is return to England to live in a small, poky flat in Kensington Palace.”
While Harry and Meghan may not be joining the Royal Family at Buckingham Palace anytime soon, it would at least appear that the pair are ready to put their grievances with The Firm aside and move on.
According to The Times journalist Valentine Low, the former royal couple are looking to take a more peaceful stance when it comes to their dealings with members of the Royal Family.
“I think Harry and Meghan do want to move on,” Low told Good Morning Britain.
“I’ve spoken to their people who, basically, in terms of accusations against the royal family, they say, ‘we’re done, we’ve done that’.
“It’s not that there won’t be any shots because there might be shots but I don’t think that there will be a concerted thing like a book or a program or a big interview. They’ve learned, Meghan’s not stupid.
“She knows you’ve got to do something positive now, you can’t carry on harking on that same negative message.”