On September 8, 2022, Britain’s longest reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, died at the age of 96. BBC reports that in her final moments at Balmoral Castle, she was surrounded by loved ones – and those by her side included her son, now King Charles III, his wife, Camilla, now Queen Consort, and Prince William. Prince Harry was rushed to Scotland from England, but arrived after the Queen’s death was announced, according to People.
It’s no secret that Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle have a complicated relationship with the royal family. It all started when they stepped down as senior royals in 2020 and escalated after Harry and Meghan’s bombastic revelation from their Oprah interview. But even then, Harry remained close to his grandmother. “We have a very special relationship. We talk about things that she can’t talk about with anyone else,” he said during an April 2022 Today interview, per Insider. Queen Elizabeth II even supported the two when they left Britain. “My family and I fully support Harry and Meghan’s desire to start a new life as a young family,” she wrote in a statement, per The New York Times. “While we would have preferred them to remain full-time members of the royal family, we respect and understand their wish.”
With Queen Elizabeth gone, many have wondered what would happen to Harry and Meghan and if there are any hopes of a reconciliation any time soon.
Royal expert says Prince Harry and Meghan could reconcile with the royal family
According to Kinsey Schofield, entertainment reporter, royal correspondent and founder of To Di For Daily, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could face a PR problem after the Queen is gone. She exclusively told Nicki Swift that they might double-check her subsequent podcast episodes to make sure nothing negative was said about the royal family.
“I suspect either Spotify or Archewell Audio had a strategy meeting today to take a close look at the remaining podcast episodes,” she exclusively told Nicki Swift. “Several of her previous episodes referenced negative experiences and if she continues to discuss these, it could become a PR nightmare for the Sussexes.” Schofield also believes the couple will see the Queen as “an advocate” for “unity” within the Family will miss as Queen Elizabeth II was the “main instigator”. She added: “I think the rest of the family wants to focus on the future and feel the Sussexes’ obsession with the past.”
Finally, there is also hope for a reunion – but only after King Charles III. And Prince William have settled into their new positions within the royal family. “I see a reconciliation once King Charles and Prince William regain confidence in the brand,” she continued. “Once they feel comfortable in their new roles and feel like they’re moving in a positive direction, they’ll likely be ready to get involved again.”