An upcoming scheduling may pave the way for a Royal reuinion.
The news of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle exiting the Royal family spread like wildfire with reports of prior internal conflicts acting as the sparks that supposedly spearheaded the exit. Currently, there are embers of conflicts and struggles that make the headlines every now and then.
That being said, reports suggest that there could be a chance for the flames to be quelled.
A strained timeline
The subject of Harry dating Markle was made public for the first time through Express in 2016, stating that Prince Harry was dating a 'stunning US actress, model, and human rights campaigner' and further noted that the Prince was 'happier than he's ever been for many years.'
A few months later, the relationship was officially confirmed by Kensington Palace after a statement was released. Additionally, Insider reports that Harry criticized the press for hyper-focusing on their relationship, and for the negative insights that were put forth by certain publications, and the statement indicated support from the Royal family as well on the same issues.
The couple officially got married on May 19, 2018, but rumors of internal conflicts were still floating around at that time. According to Insider, Prince Harry and Markle celebrating Christmas alongside the Royals stood against those rumors.
Three years later in January 2020, the couple officially announced that they intended to step back from the Royal family and pursue financial independence as well, reports Insider. A few months later they attended their final Royal duties, including the Commonwealth Day service where the general atmosphere between Prince Harry and Markle and Prince William and Princess Kate Middleton seemed precarious in photos.
According to Vogue, Harry and Markle bought their first home in Santa Barbara, California in July 2020 and have entirely rooted themselves there since then.
Disagreements between siblings
Much of the news reports suggested that the rift began between Middleton and Markle, but USA Magazine reports that it may have been initiated between Harry and William instead. In the book Battle of Brothers by Robert Lacy, it is noted that William was concerned about Harry moving too quickly with Markle, and enlisted Princess Diana's brother Charles Spencer to have a conversation with Harry in 2016.
After several more peppery reactions, William turned to his uncle Charles Spencer for help. The result of the Spencer intervention was an even more bitter explosion. Once again Harry refused to slow down. He didn’t blame his uncle. He understood why Diana’s brother should want to help. Yet he was furious with his elder brother for dragging other family members into the row.
USA Magazine further reports that a few years later in 2019, Prince Harry confirmed the same in the documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey which aired on ITV. He noted that they've had 'good days and bad days' and implied that they weren't as close as they used to be at one point.
Prince Harry said:
Part of this role and part of this job, this family, being under the pressure that it’s under, inevitably stuff happens. But look, we’re brothers, we’ll always be brothers. We’re certainly on different paths at the moment but I’ll always be there for him and as I know he’ll always be there for me.
A possible reunion
Page Six, a subsidiary of the New York Post reports that Prince William and Princess Middleton are gearing up to visit New York in December to address issues of climate change at Earthshot Price Awards ceremony.
On another side, Harry and Markle are set to visit New York for the Ripple of Hope Award Gala in December, which is organized by the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization. Although there aren't any reports of the Prince and Princess of Wales organizing a meetup with the Sussexes, it certainly does present an opportunity to rekindle relationships as reports suggest that it is the direction that Harry and Markle are hoping to take.
The infamous Oprah Winfrey interview with Harry and Markle caused the rift between the Royal family to widen exponentially, but this opportunity may just provide the Sussexes to mend the bridge with the Royal family.