The fallout from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s ongoing war on the British press continues, with reports circulating that despite their pleas for fair treatment and understanding, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex still remain on the outs with the people who matter most: their family.
A palace source has told People, “There hasn’t been this complete 180. Nothing has changed. They don’t speak, no one is checking in, no one is texting.”
Both Meghan and Harry are said to be feeling the strain. Meghan is raising their son, Archie, in a country far from everyone she has known and loved. Harry, on the other hand, is right next to his family but still experiencing growing feelings of isolation. After his October statement in which he spoke about the “ruthless” treatment Meghan has endured at the hands of the British press, no one in his family has come forward publicly to speak up in his defense.
Royal biographer Penny Junor has said, “It is a strange family and not one that has supported one another very well. They don’t praise one another and never call each other up just to say, ‘That was a great speech.'”
Some insiders are still insisting that the trouble between Harry and William started a while ago — back when Harry told his family he wanted to marry Meghan, though the two had not been dating for even a year at the time.
Prince William, who dated his wife Kate Middleton for eight years before getting married, was said to have cautioned Harry against moving too quickly. In turn, Harry was allegedly hurt by William’s admonition.
Some of the pain between the brothers is natural. Said one palace source, according to People, “As is often the case in any family, when one of your siblings gets married, there’s always a period of readjustment. People have new priorities and different focuses.”
The family tension definitely puts Harry and Meghan’s recent decision to take a six-week break from royal duties in a new light. The pair plan to spend the time in the United States, and they will likely stay with Meghan’s mother, Doria.
The inside source also told People, “Just on a human level, if you take everything else out of the equation, I don’t think they’re in very good shape to deal with anything right now. Everyone is hoping that they will come back from this break stronger than ever, and maybe with some time out of the spotlight, they can figure out what path to take next.”
Prince William and Kate Middleton appear to be forging ahead without making any public comment on Harry and Meghan’s struggles. The two recently attended the Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium together, and they appeared to be in good spirits.
Eyes have still lingered on William and Kate’s relationship, especially after explosive allegations that William had cheated on Kate with a close friend emerged earlier this year. William and Kate have always been more private than Harry and Meghan, and if anything did happen, the two will likely never confirm it.
Despite ongoing tension and the recent fallout surrounding Prince Andrew’s stepping down from royal duties, the Fab Four still rallied to wish Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip a happy 72nd anniversary, albeit in separate Instagram posts.
Time will tell if Harry and William will be able to maintain a strong relationship going forward. Though, as the source says, “eyes are open” about what Harry and Meghan are saying and feeling, this may be exactly the kind of public emotional distress that the royal family has traditionally eschewed.