PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle still barely speak to Prince William and Kate Middleton and face a “very embarrassing” encounter when the ‘Frosty Four’ reunite, royal sources say.
The Royal Family have a loaded diary of big events for the coming year that the Sussexes would seem rude to miss – including the unveiling of a statue of Princess Diana that Wills and Harry commissioned together.
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The ‘Fab Four’ looked frosty when they were last seen together publicly at the Queen’s Commonwealth Day Service in March, shortly after Megxit’s confirmation.
Meghan gave Kate an awkward wave and the group barely spoke – with reports William was upset over Harry’s decision to create a new life in America.
Royal sources suggest the two couples are still barely talking – and if anything has moved away.
William and Kate continued their royal duties to keep Britain together during the coronavirus pandemic while Harry and Meghan struck a mega-dollar television deal with Netflix and championed causes close to their hearts, such as the movement Black Lives Matter.
But the group could now be reunited at a number of events in 2021, including the Queen’s 95th birthday, Prince Philip’s 100th and the unveiling of the Princess Diana statue.
“I think it will be very embarrassing if they meet,” Phil Dampier, author of Royally Suited: Harry and Meghan in Their Own Words, told Sun Online.
“From what I’ve been told, the rift isn’t much better at the moment – they don’t talk much.
“I think they will put it on a united front for the unveiling of the Diana statue and I’m sure they will put it on a united front for the birthday celebrations, but behind the scenes I think it will there is a lot of tension. ”
It is not yet clear which events Meghan and Harry will return for – and it will all depend on whether the coronavirus restrictions allow it.
With the majority of England plunged into Tier 3 and 4 restrictions this morning, any potential trip could well be delayed.
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The Queen’s birthday on April 21 will likely be the first celebration where Covid measures could be lifted – but would likely be celebrated privately before her official birthday on June 12.
Before that, the Royal Family are expected to reassess Megxit, for which The Sun has revealed Harry hopes to return in the New Year – although the latest restrictions could derail those plans.
Meghan and Harry could also show up on Zoom as they have with many other recent engagements.
It is likely that Harry will attend the Invictus Games in The Hague in May and could pass through the UK on its trip.
It could also coincide his visit with the Queen’s official birthday (June 12) and the Duke of Edinburgh’s 100th (June 10) – although it is not yet clear how Prince Philip will mark the occasion.
But Mr Dampier said: “Harry will clearly not be able to attend all of these events.
“He can’t keep going back and forth, so I don’t think it’s likely that he’s more than two or three at most.”
“I am sure he will be in Europe for the Invictus Games and I am sure he will be at the unveiling of the statue of Diana.
“I think the most interesting thing to see will be whether Meghan is coming for any of these things. I’m sure Harry will but it wouldn’t surprise me if she didn’t come at all.
The unveiling of the Princess Diana memorial statue is due to take place on July 1 at Kensington Palace.
William and Harry ordered the statue earlier this year to be unveiled on what would have been Diana’s 60th birthday.
The brothers made a rare joint statement for the occasion, jointly announcing that they “hope the statue will help all who visit Kensington Palace reflect on its life and legacy.”
And the unveiling in July saw the brothers unite again.
Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams said it would be “very important for relations to be as cordial and kind and as warm as possible”, adding that the royal family “would go to great lengths to hide anything”.
He told The Sun Online: “What is likely to happen is a display of royal unity and the royals know how to put that in place.
“I think the focus will be on unity, on welcome, on friendliness and it will be great to celebrate the Duke at 100, the Queen at 95 and also Diana – it will be an incredible time.
He added: “The choreography will be very different because people will have learned from the way the Commonwealth Day Service was run and what appears to have been picked up by TV cameras will not happen. ”
“I think there is no doubt that we expect to see them both – certainly Harry – then and maybe for quite a while.” I would have thought it would be very likely for Meghan to accompany him. Hopefully with Archie because it would be wonderful if the Duke saw his grandson again.
Other possible events Harry could return to are the Rugby League World Cup next fall, of which he is the boss, and Meghan’s lawsuit against the Mail on Sunday, which is scheduled to take place next October.
But it is not yet clear where and how long the Duke and Duchess would stay on any given trip to the UK.
I think they are more likely to stay on the move or stay with friends or in a hotel.
The couple handed over the keys to their former Frogmore Cottage home to Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank last month and have not returned since.
Phil Dampier said: “I think it’s more likely that they’re staying on the go, staying with friends, or staying in a hotel.
“I cannot see them returning to Frogmore Cottage and the fact that they have moved their things tends to indicate that they have no intention of returning.”
Tea with the Queen, however, is not out of the question.
“The Queen is always pragmatic and she will always do whatever she can to heal the cracks,” he said.
“She will obviously go out of her way to try to see him and invite him over for a meal or a cup of tea and I’m sure she will try to do whatever she can to try to cure him, but the impression what you get is that they have burned their bridges to some extent.
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Asked about the Sussexes returning to the UK next year, a Buckingham Palace spokesman said: ‘It would be a question for the Sussexes and we could not speculate on things that have yet to be confirmed . ”
On whether the palace is planning his return, the spokesperson said: “We will not speculate at this point – this is something we have said for the past eight or nine months during the pandemic – we cannot speculate on what will happen. next year. ”
The Sun Online has reached out to representatives for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for comment.