Prince Harry and William have ‘long way to go’ to repair damage from damning interview | Royal | News
Prince Harry and Prince William’s strained relationship is likely to remain, according to royal expert Roya Nikkhah. While speaking on Sky News, she reflected on the difficulties the brothers have faced and the appearance of civility at Prince Philip’s wedding. She argued Prince William did not take the Oprah interview very well and the pair have a long way to go to repair their once strong bond.
Ms Nikkhah said: “I think Kate played a diplomatic blinder there where she sensitively allowed the brothers to speak.
“My understanding is that it was very much a united front for the Royal Family to order Prince Philip at the funeral.
“They wanted there to be no visual depiction of any disunity.”
Despite this, the royal expert insisted that Prince Harry still had a long way to go to repair the relationship with his family.
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She continued: “But I think that relationship between William and Harry has a long way to go in terms of ever being back to where it was.
“The Oprah interview was a bomb under the Royal Family.
“Prince William did not take it well, no one in the Royal Family did.
“I think there is a long way to go to heal that bond that was once so strong between those brothers.”
Royal commentator Charlie Lankston reflected on Prince Harry’s reaction to reuniting with his family for Prince Philip’s funeral.
She told Access Online that the Duke felt like an outsider and was left surprised at the frosty reception.
She said: “I think Prince Harry felt uncomfortable at certain stages during his return to the UK.
“It is really important to keep in mind that while we saw the public face of what was going on, the cordial conversation between Harry and William and Harry and Charles after the funeral, behind closed doors it was a slightly different state of affairs.
“We have been told Harry was quite surprised by how frosty his reception was.
“I think it is always a difficult thing to deal with, intense family issues like this, when there is so much distance between you.
“Resentment tends to build up and until you see someone face to face you don’t really know how they were feeling.”
It comes after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stunned the Royal Family with their bombshell interview speaking to Oprah Winfrey.
During the interview, the royal pair made allegations of racism within the Royal Family and said Meghan was not given help when she struggled with her mental health.
Buckingham Palace responded, saying: “The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan.
“The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.
“Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members.”