Prince Harry, 38, and Duchess Meghan, 41, have made it clear in interviews since their retirement from the ranks of senior royals that for them the royal family is not exactly a source of warmth and compassion. Accusations of racism and almost no support in dealing with the British press made the Sussexes doubt the love and loyalty of the blue-blooded relatives. The relationship between the youngest of King Charles, 73, and his father and brother Prince William, 40, is considered broken. Still, the US-based royal doesn't seem averse to building bridges. The method he proposed, however, is said to have caused Queen Camilla, 75, to gasp.
Queen Camilla 'spit out her tea'
These are claims made by journalist Katie Nicholl in her recent book, The New Royals: Queen Elizabeth's Legacy and the Future of the Crown. Excerpts are available from "Vanity Fair". Accordingly, Harry not only met Queen Elizabeth, † 96, when he visited Windsor Castle with his wife in April 2022. The couple had made a stopover with the monarch, who died on September 8, 2022, as part of their trip to the Invictus Games in The Hague. A pleasant meeting that was apparently followed by a less pleasant meeting with his father and Queen Camilla, 75, then the Duchess of Cornwall.
The Duke of Sussex went into the encounter with the best of intentions, a family friend told Nicholl. "Harry greeted them with hugs and the best of intentions and said he wanted to clear the air," the unnamed source said. Apparently he had given some thought beforehand. "Harry suggested hiring a mediator to settle the matter. Charles was amused and Camilla spat out her tea. She told Harry it was silly and that we should work it out between ourselves." A humiliation for the Royal.
The Queen, meanwhile, was "hurt" by her grandson and his wife's decision to leave royal life behind and the resulting conflicts within the family. She reportedly confided to a friend, according to Nicholl, that "she was exhausted by the turmoil of her decision." Her confidant remembers: "She was very hurt". The monarch then apparently fled into resignation and declared: "I don't know, I don't care and I don't want to think about it anymore."
Nicholl's book also claims that "it was a source of sadness" for the Queen "that she saw so little of Archie and Lilibet and that Harry and Meghan were unable to take her to Balmoral for a weekend in the United States August when the Queen hosted a 'sleepover' for all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren."
Prince William and Catherine, Princess of Wales, 40, meanwhile, reportedly welcomed the geographic distance from the Sussexes, Nicholl writes. The two were "relieved" in 2020 because the move finally "did the drama". Well, in retrospect, this hope was not fulfilled.