Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will reunite with the royal family this weekend to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
But while the event can create a perfect opportunity to heal”crack‘Between the company and the Sussexes, a royal writer claims that building bridges is the last thing Meghan wants to do.
Speaking to The Sun, Howard Hodgson did not predict that the jubilee would mark a marked improvement in the relationship between Harry and his family.
He said: “I don’t think Meghan wants it fixed because if it is fixed it might make Harry want to come back and play his role.
“In a way, Prince Charles doesn’t want any focus to go in that direction, he wants to focus directly on him, William, George.”
However, royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams said the Queen would “do whatever it takes” to welcome Meghan and Harry back into the royal family with some “special gestures”.
He told The Sun: “There’s a rift between the Sussexes and it’s really devastating.
“My own feeling is that the Queen will go out of her way to be as generous a host as possible.
“No one wants a repeat of the rather extraordinary Commonwealth DayCambridge and Sussex actually look hostile to each other.
“That’s not going to happen now…I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a special gesture that made them feel welcome.”
Mr Fitzwilliams stressed that the quarrel was painful for both parties, adding: “I don’t think having a couple that makes trouble from time to time is an advantage for the royal family – and Oprah What a hassle.
“And it’s not good for them [Meghan and Harry] ‒ They attribute everything to the royal family and their royal connections.
“All the good things that happen, all these connections they have with Netflix and Spotify and the like, if they weren’t royals, they wouldn’t have it, so it’s in everyone’s interest for things to develop positively.”
While there may still be tensions, Mr Hodgson said they would remain professional and not let it show on the day.
He said: “They know their job is to be royalty.
“The royal family, when they’re behind those gates, when those gates are closed, they’re arguing, they’re rowing.
“From that point of view, a lot of nasty things might be said, but that’s not going to happen in public.”
It was revealed earlier this month that only serving royals would join Her Majesty’s tradition balcony exterior.
This will rule out Prince Harry and Meghan, who”take a step back” Senior Member of the Firm in January 2020 and Prince Andrew in January 2020 fired He was relieved of royal duties because of his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein.
But Mr Fitzwilliam said there could be “a surprise or two” during the jubilee celebrations, including a second appearance of the entire royal family on the balcony.
“I think what they’re ultimately going to do is have the entire royal family, the extended royal family, come out on the balcony at some point,” he said.
I think Andrew, if he wanted to be on the balcony, would.It was his mother’s jubilee
He thought it “makes perfect sense” because it included everyone and was “a bit of a surprise” to the public.
Mr Hodgson added: “I’m sure they will be on the balcony and everyone wants to be on the balcony.
“I think behind the scenes, life might not laugh as much in private, but like all families.
“And I think if Andrew wants to be on the balcony, he will. It’s his mother’s jubilee – but I don’t think you’ll see him much in terms of public duties.”
Queen ‘very weak’
Ahead of the Platinum Jubilee, there were fears that the Queen’s health would decline as she drop out several public events.
Mr Fitzwilliams warned that Her Majesty’s mobility “changes every day”, making it difficult to predict how she will participate in the jubilee celebrations.
He added that the loyal monarch will be involved as much as possible.
the queen attended color of troops Every year since she came to power 70 years ago, except for one summer in 1955, when the entire event was cancelled due to a national rail strike.
Discussing the Queen’s growing weakness, Mr Hodgson pointed to a “sharp decline” in recent months.
However, he said: “At 96, she has every right to age gracefully, to hide her weaknesses from public display.
“If you don’t see her much, it’s because she’s either very weak or her mind isn’t as active or capable as it used to be.
“But it’s happened to all of us, most of us haven’t reached 96, so I think they’re just trying to protect her from the situation.”
He added that the combined impact of Prince Philip’s death in April last year and her reduced duties due to the pandemic would make it difficult to keep up.
He underlined the Queen’s motto – “It must be seen” – and said there could be virtual appearances if the Queen is unable to attend the event in person.