Prince William and Kate felt a “sense of relief” after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle moved to the US, a royal source has claimed. They told Vanity Fair that William and Kate felt a sense of relief that “the drama was gone” when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped down as senior royals in 2020.
At the time, the royal couple expressed their desire to “become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty the Queen”.
While the move is understood to have come as a major blow to the Royal Family, a source has suggested there was also a sense of relief after Harry and Meghan moved away from the UK.
The royal rift did not, however, come to an end after the move to California.
Vanity Fair Royal Correspondent Katie Nicholl commented that the family’s trust in Harry was “shattered” after he and his wife criticised numerous aspects of the Firm in a 2021 Oprah Winfrey interview.
The Prince’s absence at the memorial service for Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, is also understood to have been considered a “snub”.
In his first speech as King, Charles III made special reference to his youngest son and his wife.
He said: “I want… to express my love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives overseas.”
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The Duke of Sussex also made mention of his father in a touching statement upon the death of his grandmother.
Thanking the Queen for “your commitment to service”, “your sound advice” and “your infectious smile”, Harry added: “As it comes to first meetings, we now honour my father in his new role as King Charles III”.
The roots of the rift stem, according to Ms Nicholl, directly from Harry’s decision to leave the Firm and move to the US.
She wrote: “For Charles and William, the situation with the Sussexes hasn’t just been hurtful and upsetting on a personal level. There have been real repercussions, particularly for William, whose young family has been thrust into the spotlight prematurely.
“He always expected Harry would be his wingman; there was a long-term plan in place for the brothers to work together and support one another.”
Unless work is carried out to heal ongoing divisions, a “shadow”, the commentator warned, could be cast over the reign both of King Charles III and, further down the line, William too.