As the holiday season approaches, the rift between Prince William and Prince Harry seems to be far from healing, with the estranged brothers maintaining their distance. Recent reports suggest that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are keen on receiving an invitation from King Charles to spend Christmas together.
However, sources indicate that the Prince of Wales is not enthusiastic about the prospect. Former BBC correspondent Jennie Bond shared insights on the likelihood of the Prince of Wales extending a warm welcome to his estranged brother for the holidays.
Even though Prince Harry's absence will be acutely felt at the traditional Sandringham family gathering, Bond suggested that King Charles won't shed any tears over it. "Deep down, I'm sure he still loves Harry, but I don't think he can see a way out of the rift between them," Bond stated.
The ongoing tension between the two brothers is attributed to Prince Harry's public criticisms of his sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, which deeply hurt Prince William.
Trust Issues Amid Royal Feud
Bond explained, "I think he is still deeply hurt by Harry and Meghan's attacks, particularly on Catherine.
That is a no-go area as far as William is concerned, and he is understandably very protective of his wife, whom Harry once regarded as 'the sister he never had.' " Moreover, Prince William is cautious about allowing Prince Harry into family gatherings due to concerns about his trustworthiness.
According to Bond, trust is paramount within the royal family, and members always hope they can rely on each other. However, Prince Harry's actions have severely undermined this trust. He has disclosed what he claims to be Prince William's private thoughts and conversations, making forgiveness and forgetting impossible.
The ongoing tensions within the royal family have left many speculating about the chances of reconciliation between the two brothers, especially during the holiday season. While Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may hope for an invitation from King Charles, it remains uncertain whether the rift between Prince William and Prince Harry can be mended in time for Christmas.
As the world watches, the dynamics within the royal family continue to evolve, with the holiday season poised to shed light on the current state of their relationships.