Prince Charles is “desperate” to reconcile with Harry but William is more cautious and needs assurances he can trust his brother and any talks will stay private, it is claimed.
It is said that some members of the Royal Family are still “very wary” of Harry and wife Meghan Markle after he returned to the UK for the first time in a year for his grandfather Prince Philip’s funeral.
Harry reportedly met privately with his grandmother the Queen twice before flying back to Los Angeles on Tuesday, a day before her private and low-key 95th birthday spent with close family members.
Meghan and the couple’s son Archie, who turns two next month, are said to have spoken to the widowed monarch during a video call before Philip’s service.
The Duchess of Sussex, who is pregnant with a baby girl and is due to give birth this summer, and Archie did not travel to the UK with Harry.
Buckingham Palace said Meghan’s doctor advised her not to travel due to her pregnancy.
Harry was seen chatting with his brother William and sister-in-law Kate Middleton outside St George’s Chapel after Saturday’s funeral for Philip, who died in his sleep at Windsor Castle on April 9.
Kate was dubbed a “peacemaker” after she slipped away and allowed the feuding brothers some time to talk alone during their walk from the chapel to the castle’s private apartments.
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It is said that Harry, William and Charles had a brief face-to-face chat outdoors in the castle grounds before going their separate ways.
Reports have suggested there is still a long way to go towards healing the rift that widened following Harry and Meghan’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.
A source told Harper’s Bazaar: “(Harry’s) trip was to honour the life of his grandfather and support his grandmother and relatives.
“It was very much a family-focused period of time. Saturday broke the ice for future conversations but outstanding issues have not been addressed at any great length.
“The family simply put their issues to one side to focus on what mattered.”
The report claims Harry and the Queen met privately at least twice before he flew home, and he also visited with other family members, including cousin Princess Eugenie, her husband Jack Brooksbank and their newborn son August after self-isolating at Frogmore Cottage for five days.
Sources told the Mirror’s Royal Editor Russell Myers that the Queen has been “coping amazingly well” as she mourns her husband of 73 years.
Sources also suggested Harry was given a “markedly frosty reception” by his family during his first visit home since he and Meghan quit as senior royals, and since their interview with their pal Oprah.
Vanity Fair royal correspondent Katie Nicholl claims Charles is “desperate” for a reconciliation with Harry, but William is more cautious and hesitant, and hopes his relationship with his younger brother improves.
A source told her: “William needs to know he can trust Harry and that private conversations will stay private.”
Sources told the Daily Mail that there is a “long way to go” towards healing the rift, and people within the monarchy still feel angry, hurt and “very wary” of the Sussexes.
One said: “No one should underestimate the damage done by that Oprah interview. The fact of them leaving is sad but wouldn’t have been such a problem had they gone about it in a different way.
“The interview was disgraceful on so many fronts.
“Not just what Harry – and Meghan – said about their own family. But also the way in which they attacked every decent person who had worked for them and tried to support them.”
Harry returned to his mansion in Montecito, California, on Tuesday afternoon after being away from Meghan and Archie for ten days.
Meghan reportedly spoke to the grieving Queen before the final goodbye to Philip at the weekend.
A source told People magazine: “Meghan spoke with Harry before his grandfather’s funeral.
“Meghan and Archie also spoke with the Queen earlier this week.”
The source added: “(Meghan) knows the trip to England has been difficult for Harry. He didn’t want to leave Meghan and Archie alone.”
Harry and William were separated by their cousin Peter Phillips when they walked behind their grandfather’s coffin before the funeral.
The formation was approved by the Queen.
Before the funeral, a Buckingham Palace spokesman refused to be drawn on why the princes would not be walking in a pair like other royals, including Charles and his sister Princess Anne.
The spokesman said: “All the arrangements are being done to meet with the duke’s wishes and Her Majesty making the final decision for her wishes on what’s been done.
“If you look at the procession, it has four children, representative of grandchildren, and then some other members of the family.
“This is a funeral – we’re not going to be drawn into those perceptions of drama or anything like that.”