Prince Harry spent two hours talking with dad Charles and brother William on Saturday, it is claimed – sparking hopes that their rift could be healed.
The trio chatted away from the public gaze following Prince Philip’s funeral at Windsor Castle, and Harry could now reportedly remain in the UK for the Queen’s birthday this week although he may return to Los Angeles as early as today.
The 37-year-old met his family face-to-face for the first time in more than a year, after he and wife Meghan quit royal life and moved to America, settling in California.
He made a string of bombshell allegations about the royals in an interview with Oprah Winfrey which was broadcast last month – saying his brother and father were trapped and alleging Charles had stopped returning his calls.
Harry and Meghan – who remains in the US on doctors’ orders as she is heavily pregnant – also alleged that an unnamed royal had raised concerns about son Archie’s skin colour.
Harry returned to the UK for the first time since the interview following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh at the age of 99.
Following the ceremony at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, Harry, Charles and William are said to have spent time talking.
An insider told The Sun : “It’s early days but you’d hope this is exactly the first step Philip would have wished for.”
It is not clear when Harry will return to the US, but reports say he could stay in the UK for the Queen’s 95th birthday on Wednesday.
A source told The Sun: “It is not known what was said behind closed doors and when the cameras were turned off, but it’s unfathomable to think Megxit and Oprah did not come up.
“Harry and William appeared cordial as the cameras rolled and that seemed to pave the way for Charles to join them when everyone had left.”
A source said: “If all goes well, he could stay for the Queen’s birthday.”
People flying into the US have to quarantine and provide a negative Covid test and isolate for at least seven days.
Yesterday it was reported that Harry had received a frosty reception by other royals at yesterday’s funeral.
According to the Mail on Sunday, Princess Anne, Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, did not acknowledge him before or during the service at Windsor Castle.
Only Prince Andrew, who stepped back from royal duties after a disastrous interview with the BBC in 2019, sympathised with him, a source told the newspaper.
They said: “He knows from Sarah Ferguson – and now first-hand – how it feels to be the outsider, which Harry very much is.
“As far as the others are concerned, there is a deep sense of protection towards the Queen and resentment towards Harry.
“There is little sympathy for him after what he and Meghan said on Oprah.”
William’s wife Kate stepped away from the brothers to give them space to chat – the first time since Harry quit the UK for America that they have spent time together face-to-face.
Body language analyst Adrianne Carter said they appeared at ease.
She said: “Kate seemed to take the lead in chatting, but when the brothers started to walk together it was entirely natural with no sign of stress or discord in their companionship. There was no forced show and no sign of avoiding each other.
“In fact William paused so Harry could walk up the hill with them. It looks to me like grief has reunited them.”
Harry had spent the last week self-isolating at Frogmore Cottage, the property gifted to him and Meghan by the Queen after their marriage.