The fractured relationship between Prince Harry and Prince William will ‘never’ be mended, unless they have separated from their wives, a royal expert has said.
Majesty Magazine editor-in-chief Ingrid Seward told Mirror’s Pod Save The Queen that she fears the damage to the brothers’ relationship is irreparable, following the Duke of Sussex’s decision to move away of royal life with his wife Meghan Markle, 39.
Seward, who has been following the tribes of the royal family for decades, said she thought a “terrible tragedy” alone would be enough to bring the brothers back to the level of closeness they once shared.
She added that Harry’s decision to leave the royal family had also ‘confused’ his grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, who, having himself been a royal stranger, had welcomed Meghan with open arms.
She claimed Prince Phillip, 99, was “appalled” by the couple’s “dereliction of duty” after moving into a $ 14 million mansion in Montecito, and could not understand their decision.
Prince William, 38, and Kate Middleton, also 38, pictured in London, may never mend their relationship with Prince Harry, 36, and Meghan Markle, 39, Ingrid Seward said
“I rather doubt that they will ever return to what they were.” I really don’t think so. I think it’s probably a broken relationship.
“I think if anything happened to Catherine or Meghan the boys would be together again. But as long as their ladies are there and their families are there …
“If there was a terrible tragedy it would bring them together, but if not, I don’t think this relationship will be mended.
“But it’s a really personal point of view and I might not be right.
Seward said the brothers may only be able to reunite if they are struck by a terrible tragedy (Photo: Harry and Meghan on a Time 100 conference call from Los Angeles)
His comments come as another royal commentator has claimed Prince William’s main ‘challenge’ King will be staying true to his principles while ‘bringing Prince Harry back’ to be part of The Firm.
Royal biographer Robert Lacey, who is the author of Battle of Brothers, a new book that examines the rift between the two dukes, said “everyone wants some sort of reconciliation” between the Duke of Cambridge, 38, and the Duke of Sussex, 36. .
Speaking to Vanity Fair’s Katie Nicholl, he said making the institution Prince Harry again would be Prince William’s biggest test.
He explained: “The challenge for William is to know if, while being faithful to his principles, he can also modernize the institution by including his brother. That’s what everyone wants, some kind of reconciliation.
The royal expert went on to say that the Duke of Cambridge had adopted a similar attitude towards Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, 39, like his grandmother, the Queen, 94.
Robert went on to say that he believed there was ‘no chance’ Harry and Meghan would ever return to Britain full time, or ‘leave their US base’ (pictured, with Prince William and Kate Middleton during their last royal engagement in March)
He said: “At the end of the day, we saw the ruthless Queen on her outright refusal to allow the Sussexes to use the word royal for their new branding, and we see the same ruthlessness in William. “
However, Robert went on to say that he believed there was ‘no chance’ Harry and Meghan would ever return to Britain full time, or ‘leave their US base’.
Lacey also concluded that the brothers had “five months to heal their breakup” or that their relationship would never recover.
Speaking to Newsweek, he said the rift between Prince William and Prince Harry must be resolved by the end of a 12-month review of Harry and Meghan’s new working relationship, scheduled for March.
Prince Harry and Meghan are currently halfway through a 12-month probation period, after which the Queen, Prince Charles, 71, and Prince William will meet to review their relationship with the monarchy .
Prince William’s main “challenge” as monarch will be staying true to his principles while modernizing the institution by “bringing Prince Harry back” to be part of The Firm, a royal expert has said.
He explained that the relationship would become irreparable if Prince William took on Prince Harry’s former military title as Captain General of the Royal Marines.
Robert added: “There have been stories that this was going to be attributed to William. If it did, that would be the end.
In October, Prince Harry told ITV’s Tom Bradby that the brothers were on “different paths” but that he “still loved his brother very much”.
Robert said there had been “no statement from William about what had happened” and added: “I think he should speak out publicly. “
The breakup of the brothers is believed to have originated when Prince William warned his younger brother against rushing to marry Meghan Markle.
He would have advised Harry to take all the time he needed to get to know “that girl”.
But her well-intentioned advice was not going well with Harry, who called his brother a ‘snob’, and felt that he and Kate Middleton had not done enough to welcome Meghan into the royal fold.