As the holiday season approaches, there is growing speculation about whether Prince Harry and Meghan Markle might join King Charles III for Christmas celebrations in the United Kingdom. Sources close to the couple have indicated that they are open to the idea, despite the ongoing complexities in their relationship with the royal family.
The couple, who last attended a royal gathering at Queen Elizabeth's funeral, have reportedly not received a formal invitation yet. However, an insider shared with a publication, "I can't imagine the Sussexes would decline an invitation to spend time with His Majesty." This openness signals a potential thaw in the strained relations, especially following recent contact between the Sussexes and King Charles on his birthday.
One significant concern for Prince Harry is his family's safety in the UK, now that they are no longer senior members of the royal family. "Without security or a place to stay in the UK, they now need a 'formal invitation' from the king or Buckingham Palace," a source explained. Royal aides have suggested that temporary accommodations with adequate security could be made available for Harry if he plans a short visit.
The potential reunion raises the issue of the limited relationship between King Charles and his grandchildren, Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet. Sources close to both the Sussexes and the king have expressed sadness over the current situation. A friend mentioned, "It is understood there is deep sadness on both sides of the Atlantic at this status quo."
However, the relationship between Prince Harry and his brother, Prince William, remains deeply fractured. A biographer, Omid Scobie, in his latest book, suggests that their relationship is beyond repair. A confidant of Prince William was quoted saying, "He absolutely f------ hates him," referencing the fallout from Prince Harry's memoir, 'Spare,' which portrayed the Prince of Wales in a negative light.
Despite these challenges, friends of the Sussexes describe the recent phone call with King Charles as a positive "turning point" in their relationship. However, reconciliation efforts may be hindered if details of private conversations continue to be leaked to the press and feature in sensational books.
In contrast to the complexities of their relationship with the Sussexes, King Charles has reportedly been spending more time with the Cambridge grandchildren. According to a source, he tries to see them on Friday afternoons before heading to his private residence, Highgrove House. This effort reflects his desire to forge stronger bonds with his grandchildren, highlighting the contrasting dynamics within the royal family.
As the holiday season draws closer, the possibility of a royal Christmas reunion hangs in the balance, with both hope for reconciliation and recognition of the deep-seated challenges that remain. The world watches with interest to see if the festive season will bring the royal family closer together or if the current status quo will persist.