King Charles has been left "absolutely devastated" over the fallout with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle but is "hopeful" for reconciliation, according to a royal expert.
Katie Nicholl, author of The New Royals: Queen Elizabeth's Legacy and the Future of the Crown, told Fox News Digital that the King has been left heartbroken following the breakdown in his relationship with the Duke of Sussex.
Charles' coronation will take place on Saturday, 6 May, which is also Archie's birthday, sparking speculation as to whether the pair will attend.
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Vanity Fair's royal editor Nicholl said: "He is hopeful that there will be a reconciliation. I think we saw that in the very public olive branches that were extended to Harry and Meghan [Markle].
"Charles absolutely has been devastated by what has happened.
"If you think back just a couple of years around the time of the wedding, the relationship between Harry and his father was, I think, probably better than it ever had been."
It came after one royal insiders suggested that King Charles saw "tremendous flickers of hope" when he spoke to the Sussexes at the Queen's funeral, reports OK! Magazine.
The insider even stated that they believe he might be able to salvage the relationship with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
It was said that the King's conversations with his son and daughter-in-law at the ceremonies for the late monarch at Westminster Abbey and Windsor Castle left him feeling hopeful that he could mend relations.
An insider told The Daily Telegraph: "Over the last 16 days or so, there were tremendous flickers of hope.
"In terms of the future, there is hope of a cause for unity."
Meanwhile, it has been reported that despite the tension, the King might still hold his son and daughter-in-law in "high esteem".
It came after viewers clocked a photo of the pair at Buckingham Palace as the King greeted Prime Minister Liz Truss.
A short clip showed the monarch and the Prime Minister at his royal residence in London for the first of their regular weekly audiences.
A photograph could be seen positioned on a table in the room they were in showing the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Windsor Castle following their wedding in May 2018.
The picture appears to show the couple surrounded by their bridal party along with Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Charles, Camilla, Prince William, Kate Middleton and Meghan's mother Doria Ragland.
The Daily Star has contacted the representatives for King Charles for a comment.
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