However, grief appeared to bring the royals together with both Meghan and Harry standing alongside their UK-based counterparts during several important events.
Now, a royal commentator has claimed the Duke and Duchess may make more frequent visits to the UK as King Charles III is keen to heal the rift with the Sussexes.
Royal historian and author Gareth Russell appeared on this week’s episode of the Royally Us podcast. He said: “I do think the King very much wants to heal the rift with Harry and Meghan. We saw that olive branch held out during his first national address, so maybe we will see an attempt to coordinate more regular visits between Harry and Meghan back to Britain.
Charles is keen to ‘heal the rift’ between the Royal Family and the Sussexes
King Charles delivered his first public broadcast on Friday, September 9
Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, were “obsessed with keeping the details” of Archie’s birth private, a royal expert has claimed.
Archie Harrison, now three years old, was born just less than a year after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex tied the knot at Windsor in 2018.
“I think people tend to forget there was the pandemic and there were travel restrictions during the first stage of the Sussexes’ stay in the United States. So there may be more frequent visits back [in the UK]. I think that is something the King very much wants to happen.”
Mr Russell referred to King Charles’ first public broadcast as monarch, during which he mentioned Meghan and Harry in an apparent olive branch to his younger son.
The new King said on Friday, September 9: “I want also to express my love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives overseas.”
Later, in his touching tribute to his ‘granny’, Harry said: “We now honour my father in his new role as King Charles III.”
Meghan and Harry joined other royals to mourn the late Queen
He wrote: “We, too, smile knowing that you and grandpa are reunited now, and both together in peace.”
It came after other royal relationship woes were put aside to honour the life of Queen Elizabeth II. Following King Charles’s formal proclamation on Saturday, September 9, Meghan and Harry joined Prince William and Kate, Princess of Wales outside Windsor Castle to read tributes and messages, whilst also greeting the hundreds of well-wishers who had gathered outside the gates.
It is believed that William extended the invitation to his younger brother, with reports claiming the Prince of Wales would feel “uncomfortable” without him there. It marked the first time the two couples — formerly dubbed the “Fab Four” — had been seen together since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex relinquished their working royal roles.
The Sussexes accompanied the new Prince and Princess of Wales on a surprise walkabout
A spokesman for the Prince and Princess of Wales later said: “The Prince of Wales invited the Duke and Duchess to join him and the Princess of Wales. The Prince of Wales thought it was an important show of unity at an incredibly difficult time for the family.”
The brothers’ emotional reunion came after years of reported tension, with the two Princes’ public contact being extremely limited. Royal expert Ingrid Seward claimed seeing William and Harry together is exactly what the Queen would have wanted.
Ingrid Seward wrote in the Sunday Mirror: “It was a moment the nation had long been hoping for — the new Prince of Wales and his estranged brother Prince Harry putting their differences aside.
“When they jointly greeted the crowds outside Windsor Castle today, you knew they had put duty before themselves. It was just as Granny would have wanted, as she would have done. And it had to happen.
It marked the first time the ‘Fab Four’ had reunited publicly since Megxit
Harry later joined both his brother and father in ceremonial events to mark the late Queen’s death. He took part in multiple formal processions and stood guard during a moving vigil with the monarch’s other grandchildren.
Their last public appearance, at Queen Elizabeth II’s committal service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, saw the couple sit next to the Prince and Princess of Wales and their two eldest children — Prince George, nine, and Princess Charlotte, seven.
While the royal couple has not disclosed any further plans to come back to the UK, it seems likely that they will be welcomed back when King Charles has his coronation, which is expected to take place next year.
Meghan and Harry renewed their lease on their former royal residence, Frogmore Cottage, earlier this year, suggesting they may have plans to return to the UK more often.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK