The royal family has always been in the public eye, but recent events seem to underscore the widening gap between Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and his brother, Prince William. Both are set to travel to Singapore in the coming months for separate royal engagements, but royal enthusiasts hoping for a heartfelt reunion will likely be left waiting.
Earlier this week, Prince Harry appeared in Tokyo at the ISPS Sports Value Summit-Special Edition, with his close friend Ignacio "Nacho" Figueras. The Duke's schedule includes attending the 2023 Sentebale ISPS Handa Polo Cup in Singapore on August 12.
Meanwhile, Prince William is expected to grace the Earthshot Prize Awards ceremony on November 7. Nick Bullen, a respected royal documentarian with over two decades of experience, shared insights on the current state of affairs.
"Everyone ensured their schedules would not overlap," he revealed. Bullen's extensive history with the British monarchy, including a close working relationship with the king and numerous documentaries about the family, lends weight to his observations.
Balmoral Summer: Royal Traditions Continue
Summer is typically a time for reunions at Balmoral Castle, the Queen’s beloved Scottish residence. The castle, where Queen Elizabeth II tragically passed away last September at age 96, is set to welcome Prince William, his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and their children.
They plan to stay in a cherished cottage previously favored by the late queen. This symbolizes the continuation of traditions that have been central to the royal family. However, the atmosphere seems tense concerning the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Although rumors have hinted at a snub concerning the anniversary of the queen’s passing, palace insiders have refuted these claims. Instead, it's suggested that the king will spend the day in quiet contemplation. King Charles III, reportedly keen on reconciling with his younger son and daughter-in-law, constantly reaches out, Bullen claimed.
"The door remains open. He is perhaps the most eager to mend the fractured relationships," he shared. On the other hand, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's decision to step back as senior royals in 2020 still sends ripples through the royal circles.
Their candid Oprah interview and Harry's revealing memoir, "Spare," have added layers of complexity to the situation. Notably, the "HRH" titles were officially removed from their names on the royal family’s website, marking a significant distancing from official royal responsibilities.
The strained relationship between William and Harry has been evident, especially during significant royal events such as the coronation of King Charles III, where the brothers barely acknowledged each other. Bullen believes that an intervention may be necessary for the brothers to reconcile, but admits it will be a tough road ahead.
"Both sides might need to make significant apologies," he surmised. The brothers’ bond, which used to be strong, has been further complicated by revelations in Harry’s memoir, including allegations of a physical altercation between the two.
While the royal family remains silent on these allegations, it's clear the heart of the monarchy longs for reconciliation and unity. Only time will tell if these wounds can heal.