Prince Harry: Expert says royal is ‘testing patience’
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Prince Harry’s rift with his older brother Prince William and other senior royals is understood to be far from healed, as the claims made in the Oprah Winfrey interview continue to run deep. Having already reunited with his family in the UK this year for Prince Philip’s funeral, the Duke of Sussex may decide to snub an important family event due to be held in July.
Prince Harry was expected to return for the unveiling of Princess Diana’s statue on July 1, something he and William commissioned on the 20th anniversary of their mother’s death.
However, a royal expert has said the Duke’s return to the UK for the event is now in doubt.
Phil Dampier, author of Royally Suited: Harry and Meghan In Their Own Words, told the Sun Online: “I personally don’t think Meghan will return to the UK.
“And there must now be a serious doubt as to whether Harry will come over for the unveiling of a statue for Princess Diana on what would have been her 60th birthday in July.”
Prince Harry is poised to make a painful snub to the Royal Family (Image: Getty)
Kate and William have made the “deliberate” choice to put the spotlight on their children more (Image: Kensington Palace/Will Warr)
Another royal expert said Harry may come up with a “convenient excuse” not to return to the event, he may not want to “face the family” again.
Russell Myers told talkRADIO: “His intention is to come back. One may wonder, if his wife has just had a baby, I’m sure he could jump on a private jet and make a flying visit.
“But, will it be a convenient excuse so he doesn’t have to come back and face the family?”
The Duchess of Sussex is currently heavily pregnant with her second child, with the baby due in “the summertime”.
Her pregnancy stopped the royal from attending Prince Philip’s funeral, as doctors did not give her the go-ahead to make the 5,000 mile trip.
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Princess Charlotte turned six on Sunday (Image: Getty)
11.20am update: Prince William’s meeting with Bill Gates as Duke ‘raced to beat Prince Harry’
Prince William has now met with Bill Gates three times and developed a “friendship” with the Microsoft founder in an attempt to lock him down before his brother Prince Harry gets there first, according to a royal commentator.
This time last year, William spoke to Mr Gates on the phone, it was revealed in the Court Circular, and then on March 30 this year, the pair spoke again by video link.
According to The Daily Mail’s Saturday Diary Editor Richard Eden, William has become increasingly friendly with the philanthropist, potentially hoping to get funding for his projects.
He wrote last month: “Prince William is enjoying a blossoming friendship with Bill Gates. I hear the Duke of Cambridge held a meeting via video link with the US billionaire on Tuesday, their third such pow-wow in the space of three years.
“No doubt, generous philanthropist Bill could be persuaded to dip into his £99bn fortune to support William and Kate’s Royal Foundation. As long as Prince Harry and Meghan don’t get to him first!”
10.30am update: Kate and William make ‘deliberate move’ to turn spotlight on George, Charlotte & Louis
Royal commentator Katie Nicholl believes Kate and Prince William have made the “deliberate” choice to put the spotlight on their children more over the past few months than the public have been used to.
This move, the royal author suggested, comes after their children – and Prince George and Princess Charlotte in particular – have been introduced to what their future lives could look like as full-time working members of the Royal Family.
She told OK! magazine: “In the last year or so we’ve seen Charlotte and her siblings emerge more onto the public stage – a deliberate move by William and Kate, who initially protected them from the spotlight but are becoming more relaxed now.
“Even back in 2016, when they took George and Charlotte on the official royal tour of Canada, they were giving them both an early introduction to what their parents do, and what their lives may one day look like.”
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, a romantic timeline (Image: Express)
9.48am update: Princess Eugenie releases adorable snap of baby August for Jack Brooksbank’s birthday
In celebration of husband Jack Brooksbank’s 34th birthday on Monday, Eugenie posted three pictures on Instagram calling her husband “exceptional”.
Two of the pictures showed Jack holding August Philip Hawke, who was born on February 9.
One of the two posts with August showed Jack cradling their son to his chest while he shows off his personalized sweater.
The other shows Jack carrying a bundled-up August in a baby carrier.
9.15am update: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to be ‘paid exorbitantly’ due to links to Royal Family
Celebrity biographer Kitty Kelley expects Meghan and Prince Harry to be “sought after” in the US and highly compensated for partnerships and their “celebrity value”. And this is because the couple can boast a rare connection other US celebrity will never be able to achieve.
Ms Kelley, who wrote about the Kennedy family, Oprah Winfrey and the royals among others, told the Washington Post: “Harry and Meghan will be sought after socially in America and paid generously (some might say exorbitantly) for their celebrity value.
“Not even the biggest US movie star or sports giant can claim Harry and Meghan’s link to the British monarchy.”
8.30am update: Prince Harry a ‘rabbit caught in the headlights’ in the US as Duke ‘frozen out’
Prince Harry cuts a figure of a “startled rabbit caught in the headlights” with his new life in the US and his recent return to the UK may have triggered past memories as he realises “how frozen out he is”, royal watchers have said.
The Duke of Sussex returned the UK for the first time in more than a year in April as he attended Prince Philip’s funeral. Harry, 36, is said to have received a frosty reception from guests and close members of his family at the service in Windsor.
The reappearance of Harry with his family was discussed on talkRADIO and it is claimed “he was reminded of his old life”.
Charlie Rae, a former royal editor at The Sun, told talkRADIO, said: “Out in the US, Harry looks like a startled rabbit caught in the headlights.”
TalkRADIO host Kevin O’Sullivan added: “We read that Harry was shocked by the frosty reception he got from some members of the Royal Family. Some literally turned their back on him. He was stunned by this – I’m not sure why that was a surprise to him.
“It must be occurring to him how frozen out he is, how he has turned his back on his former life. There is suggestion that when he came back a few weeks ago, he was reminded of his old life.”