Harry and Meghan’s royal rift ‘difficult’ to mend as family ‘nervous’ – expert

A royal commentator has speculated that it will be “difficult” for the Royal Family to reconcile their reported differences with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, because of a nervousness about what details of conversations the couple might share.

Relations have reportedly been fraught between the Royal Family in Buckingham Palace and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex since Meghan joined the family in May 2018.

This came to a head when a tell-all interview with US chat-show host Oprah Winfrey was broadcast in March this year.

In it, the couple alleged a member of the Firm had made a remark about the colour of Archie's skin, Harry criticised his father Charles and Meghan claimed she was left in tears by Kate Middleton.

More recently, a new chapter of Finding Freedom – an unauthorised biography of Harry and Meghan’s relationship with the Royal Family – has been released which sheds more light on the fallout.

Royal commentator Jonathan Sacerdoti has speculated that it will be difficult for any differences to be reconciled, because of a nervousness in ‘The Firm’ about what details Harry and Meghan might choose to share.

Speaking on the Royally US podcast, he said: “Emotions – they say in the book – are still raw, and I guess that’s not surprising that they are still raw because there are quite some allegations going back and forth.

“Over the year, there must have been some discussion, some sort of attempt at reconciliation.

“I think it must be incredibly difficult to try and have those conversations, because they must always be a bit worried about what Meghan and Harry are going to reveal to the press, or in a press stunt, or in a new revised version of the book, or even in Prince Harry’s own book.

“So I think there is a – perhaps a nervousness – on the part of the Royal Family to say too much and make too great an effort to reconcile, even though I’m sure that they’d want to if only for PR purposes, never mind for family peace.”

Going forwards, there are reportedly fears about what might be revealed in Harry’s memoir, set for release in late 2022.

Announcing its release, the Prince said the book will be “a firsthand account of my life that’s accurate and wholly truthful”.

In the meantime, there has also been speculation around the christening of Harry and Meghan’s daughter Lilibet, with some commentators predicting that the couple will opt against travelling to the UK and have a private ceremony instead this month.

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