It’s amazing how many different versions we’re getting from Prince Harry’s reunion with his father, his brother and his sister-in-law. To be fair, no one has suggested that Kate did anything more than be a humble and keen lynchpin who made small talk with Harry. Kate was not included in the longer conversation between William, Harry and Charles after the funeral. Katie Nicholl at Vanity Fair dissected the whole thing from Saturday, with some “insider” quotes from all of the royal courts:
Intensity, rage & nerves: Once inside the chapel you could feel their grief. William, his jaw clenched as it often is at intensely difficult times sat directly opposite Harry who was seated alone. Sources close to Harry say he was nervous about coming home and attending the funeral, the emotion of the day and what it would be like finally seeing William. There were signs of that nervousness, the way he tapped his order of service anxiously against his leg and stared into the distance not quite knowing where to look, seeming almost worried to meet William’s eye across the aisle.
The Queen ordered the brothers to put their differences aside: “It was a case of being told to put their differences aside by the Queen for the sake of the family,” said a family friend. “William and other members of the family have some very strong feelings about some of the things Harry and Meghan said on Oprah and things need to be talked through, but this was not the occasion and everyone respected that. It’s going to take more than a wake to sort things out, but this is hopefully a start.”
William hasn’t “forgiven” Harry: Not having forgiven his younger brother for the way in which he announced he and Meghan were standing down as senior royals William was said to be incensed over the incendiary claims the couple made in their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey last month. Prince Harry has encountered frostiness from many members of his family with one family friend explaining, “Harry was out in the cold after Oprah and then when details of private family conversations were leaked to Gayle King it was the final straw. Some family members cannot believe what he has done, but there is a feeling that with the Duke’s death and the family coming together, conversations need to be had.”
Charles and William are hesitant: Vanity Fair was told the Prince of Wales spent some time alone with Harry walking around the Queen’s private gardens after yesterday’s service. William was invited to join them. Prince Charles is said to be “desperate” for a reconciliation with his son, while William, who is more cautious and hesitant, has conveyed hopes they can have a better relationship over time. “William needs to know he can trust Harry and that private conversations will stay private,” added the source.
Harry was eager to reunite with Meghan: “Harry felt terrible leaving Meghan behind, it has been a very hard week and he wants to get back to her as soon as possible.”
The way royal reporters are willfully rewriting very recent history is pretty extraordinary, right? “When details of private family conversations were leaked to Gayle King…” Those details were not “leaked.” Harry told Gayle flat-out what was happening and Gayle reported it. Harry told Gayle that the calls were “not productive” because William and Charles had ALREADY LEAKED the fact that they spoke to Harry. As for the rest of it… if the family really was as frosty and nasty to Harry as the royal reporters would have us believe, then why in God’s name would Harry want to stick around OR visit OR reconcile with any of these C-U-Next-Tuesdays? William and Charles can steam in their own incandescent rage and Harry can wave goodbye and refuse to engage with their toxicity. End of.
Oh, this is very curiously written too, right? “Vanity Fair was told the Prince of Wales spent some time alone with Harry walking around the Queen’s private gardens after yesterday’s service. William was invited to join them.” Meaning, I assume, that Charles encouraged William to come along for a walk with Harry. And Baldemort threw a tantrum and refused.
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