The royal family remains “hurt and very wary” of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, despite the duke reuniting with his family for the first time in a year, it has been claimed.
It was hoped the death of Prince Philip would help repair the damage following the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Oprah Winfrey interview which saw the pair make damaging accusations against the Firm.
And while Harry was pictured chatting to his brother Prince William as they walked up to Windsor Castle from St George’s Chapel – it appears a peaceful resolution may take much longer.
He is also said to have held talks with his dad Prince Charles prior to jetting back to the US and his pregnant wife and son Archie on Monday.
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However, sources have told the Daily Mail there’s still a “long way to go” before the rift is healed.
One royal insider said that the difficulties were both “personal and professional”, adding: “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. There is a lot of anger about that. It is all so sad but… also very damaging.”
Harry wrote his father a “deeply personal” note ahead of his homecoming in which he “outlined his reasons for leaving” and promised to “respect the institution”, according to sources.
It comes after the pair’s relationship is said to have “hit rock bottom” after the Oprah interview aired last month, in which it was alleged a senior royal questioned Archie’s skin colour – and Meghan was denied mental health support.
The Sussexes stepped back from royal duties in March last year before moving into an £11 million mansion in Montecito, California, in July.
Meghan, who is heavily pregnant with her second child, was advised by doctors not to make the trip to the UK for Philip’s funeral on Saturday.