Harry has not returned to the UK since stepping down as a senior royal just over a year ago and it will also be the first time he has seen his family in person since his and Meghan’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey – in which they accused the royal family of racism and the institution failing to support a suicidal Meghan.
Prince William was the first royal to publicly deny their claims by saying the Royal Family was “not a racist family”, before adding he had not yet spoken to Harry since the interview was aired.
Now it appears they may be forced to “put aside their differences” as they see each other following their grandather Prince Philip’s death.
A royal source told the Mirror: “It’s strained, there is a lot of hurt, arguably on both sides, and those sides don’t see eye to eye with each other right now.
Prince William and Harry are set to be
“The issues will not be resolved quickly, certainly not over the immediate period, but perhaps in certain quarters there is faith there can be a cooling off, which would lead to conversation, then perhaps a reconciliation.
“Both are fully aware of their shared history and will no doubt remember what impact their grandfather had on their life growing up.
“There is hope under an occasion such as this, where the brothers are united in grief, that a corner may be turned.”
It comes after Philip, who passed away at Windsor Castle on Friday with the Queen by his side, was unhappy over his grandsons’ relationship breaking down.
Prince Philip sadly died at the age of 99 on Friday
Royal sources claimed he had “urged them both to put to rest their differences, and not only remember their bond but also be mindful of their duty to the Queen and the country”.
Harry and Meghan’s two-hour interview was aired while Philip was in hospital after surgery on his heart.
The Queen issued a statement saying “while some recollections may vary”, the issues would be taken “very seriously”, but dealt with privately as a family.
The Duke of Cambridge, in a rare move on a royal engagement, spoke out publicly saying “We’re very much not a racist family”, as the royals’ ability to carry out official duties linked to diversity, inclusion and mental health was called into question.
Philip supported Harry and William when Diana died
The Duke of Edinburgh passed away with Elizabeth by his side
Harry told Oprah Winfrey that he felt let down by his father the Prince of Wales and that “there’s a lot of hurt that’s happened” between them.
He added that his relationship with his brother William was “space” but he loved him to bits.
Currently, funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people due to Covid restrictions.
Mourners coming from outside England are required to self-isolate from arrival and for the first full 10 days after they arrive.
Harry is set to return to the UK alone as a pregnant Meghan was told by a doctor not to fly
But Harry will be entitled to leave his place of self-isolation on compassionate grounds to attend the funeral.
He could also be released from quarantine if he gets a negative private test on day five under the Test to Release scheme.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK