Prince Harry and Meghan Markle rocked the monarchy with their decision to quit the Firm last year and since their move to the US have sent further shockwaves through the Palace by doing a sitdown interview with US chatshow host Oprah Winfrey.
While tensions between the Sussexes and the Royal Household have been tense in recent months, the Queen has repeatedly emphasised Harry, Meghan and their children are much-loved members of her family.
The Sussexes welcomed daughter Lilibet to the world in June and seeing as they haven’t been in the UK as a family unit since 2019, there is mounting speculation they could come back to Britain for a visit this Christmas.
So, that would be the couple’s first festive season with the Royal Family since 2018… considering how much has happened since then, not an easy one.
December could be the perfect time for a visit and would allow the Queen to finally meet her new great-granddaughter, whose name honours her.
Bonding looks between Camilla and Meghan suggest the Duchess could be key to healthy royal relations
Katie Nicholl, author of the 2019 book Harry and Meghan: Life, Loss, and Love, suggested that a 2021 UK Christmas may well be in the cards for the Sussexes. Speaking to Closer, she said: “Christmas is being looked at as an opportunity.
“There may be a softening, which could pave the way for a healing of the family rift.”
Should Harry, 37, and Meghan, 40, take the step to board a flight from California to London, they may be glad of an ally when they reunite with royal relatives en masse.
According to royal commentators, Prince Charles’s wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall could be the one to offer them support.
Royal author Andrew Morton has claimed some members at the very top of the Firm sent codes and signals to Meghan and Harry during their time as royals to express their level of affection towards the former American actress.
In his book Meghan: A Hollywood Princess, Mr Morton claims this was a way for them to show her she was accepted in the family.
Among those said to offer a “secret coded” gesture to the Sussexes was the future Princess Consort, Camilla, who showed “genuine affection” and even broke typical royal protocol by holding hands with Meghan and kissing her goodbye at an event celebrating the 70th birthday of Princes Charles.
Mr Morton writes: “This rare royal gesture was a sign of how quickly the American actor had been accepted and treated with genuine affection by the Royal Family.”
The Duchess of Cornwall used to send signals to Meghan to make her feel welcome at the Royal Family
“Without saying a word,” he added, Camilla was “signalling to the watching world” that Meghan was one of them.
A visit from Harry and Meghan is “certainly what the Queen wants”, said Ms Nicholl.
She added: “A meet-up suggests they hope to move on and sort things out.”
The Duchess of Cornwall, who didn’t have it easy upon becoming a royal, could be exactly what they all need for things to go smoothly – an understanding peacemaker who prepares the ground and provides support once Harry, Meghan and the kids arrive.
All smiles: Camilla is seen as a central figure in the ‘softening’ of tensions within the Firm
Camilla and Prince Charles started dating in the seventies. They have now been married for 17 years, but the road towards a stable and accepted relationship was rough, as it took years for the British public to accept Camilla as Charles’s new partner and later, wife.
Following the tragic death of Princess Diana, Camilla’s entry into the royal bubble was bumpy and much of the British public were against her. However, she has won over fans in recent years and her popularity seems to be on the rise.
Camila’s tough time in the royal spotlight may serve as a way for her and Meghan to bond, given the Duchess of Sussex said she could not have felt any “lonelier” as a senior royal.
Ms Nicholl added: “When Harry and Meghan left, they made it clear they didn’t want to give up their home in Britain.
“They still have Frogmore Cottage and their plan was to come back to the UK.”
While Meghan hasn’t travelled to the UK at all since the couple stepped down as working royals and moved to the US in March 2020, Harry’s visits have been few – the last one, for the unveiling of the statue of his mother Diana.
Seeing him alongside his brother William brought joy to royal fans and opened up the question of whether witnessing the brothers together will become more frequent in the future.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK