William and Charles anticipating controversial Harry and Meghan return: ‘Brave faces’

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PRINCE WILLIAM and Prince Charles will put on “brave faces” upon the return of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for the upcoming Platinum Jubilee celebrations, a royal expert has claimed.

Harry did not get the opportunity to see his brother during his fleeting visit as William and his wife, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, were on a family ski trip in France.

The brothers are understood to have not seen each other since July last year, when they unveiled a statue of their late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.

The Duke of Sussex reignited reports of a rift between the princes when he dodged a question asking whether he missed his father and brother during an interview last month.

Prince William and Prince Charles / Meghan and Harry

Prince Charles and Prince William will put on ‘brave faces’. (Image: Getty Images)

Prince Harry

Harry dodged a question about his brother and father while at the Invictus Games. (Image: Getty Images)

Instead of answering the question, Harry told NBC’s Hoda Kotb that he was focusing on the competitors at the Invictus Games.

It came after reports that Harry’s meeting with Charles had been “edgy”.

Now, Camilla Tominey, associate editor at The Daily Telegraph, has claimed Charles and William will be putting on “brave faces” when reunited with the Sussexes next month.

Speaking during the Royal Insight — a video series hosted by Ms Tominey — on Thursday, she said: “Prince Charles — the only emotions that have been used by him or his people about how he has reacted to things like the Oprah interview was sadness rather than anger.

Charles, William and Harry

The princes’ relationships have been reportedly strained since Harry’s exit. (Image: Getty Images)

“The most interesting addition to the proceedings of course is Meghan because previously we’ve seen Harry by himself in the UK and now the duchess is going to come back into the fold.

“Obviously, the body language and the reading of it is going to be quite fascinating.”

Initially, it was reported that Meghan and Harry would appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony during Trooping the Colour — the Queen’s annual birthday parade.

Royal Family watch fly past from Buckingham Palace balcony

Meghan and Harry won’t appear on the Palace balcony. (Image: Getty Images)

However, it was later confirmed that only working royals will accompany the monarch for the iconic royal scene.

This means that Her Majesty will stand alongside Charles and Camilla; William and Kate with Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, seven, and Prince Louis, four; Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex and their children Lady Louise Windsor, 18, and James, Viscount Severn, 14; Princess Anne and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence; the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, and the Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra.

Meghan and Harry are expected to attend other Jubilee events, including the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral.

It has been said that the Duke of Sussex is keen to build bridges and has even suggested enlisting the help of a mediator to mend his relationship with William.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Meghan and Harry stepped down from their roles in the Royal Family in 2020. (Image: Getty Images)

Katie Nicholl, author of ‘William and Harry: Behind the Palace Walls’, told Entertainment Tonight last month: “Harry, I’m told, suggested perhaps that they might get some sort of a mediator in on sort of these talks, to make some progress.

“It was something that he had suggested to his father.

“He’s made it very clear that he wants to sort things out.

“He wants things to be improved.”

Prince William and Prince Charles

William and Charles will play central roles in the Jubilee celebrations. (Image: Getty Images)

“Even though they haven’t seen eye to eye, I think there is still that brotherly bond, their mother’s death has created this unbreakable tie between them.

“At the end of the day, he will always put his arm around him, whatever he said about the family.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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