Despite their unity after Queen Elizabeth’s passing, Prince William and Prince Harry have slim chances of reconciling. As Katie Nicholl, author of The New Royals – Queen Elizabeth’s Legacy and the Future of the Crown, explained during her appearance on Dan Wootton TonightThe Duke of Wales can’t forgive Harry for his actions in recent years.”
“William can’t forgive. [Harry]Not just for his behaviour and what he has done, but also because of how he did it. But, look at how much William now owes.” Nicholl said. “He had always believed Harry would be his wingman. Now he does it all on his own. Thank God he has Kate to his side.” When Harry and Meghan revealed they would be moving away, the author claimed that William and Kate Middleton felt “Relief” that the “Drama was over.”
Nicholl also wrote that it is unclear whether Charles will prevent grandchildren Archie and Lilibet from becoming princes and princesses now that the Sussexes are no longer working royals, according to a source close to the king. The source told a book excerpt that it all depends on what happens in coming months, especially with Harry’s book. Vanity Fair.
In the excerpt, it was revealed that the queen stated that Harry and Meghan would not receive royal benefits if they were to leave. Nicholl claimed that the queen was “hurt” and exhausted.” by the Sussexes’ decision. According to a friend, the monarch privately expressed her exhaustion over the decision. “[The Queen]He was very hurt and said to me, “I don’t understand, I don’t care and I don’t want to think about that anymore,”” Nicholl was told by a source close the monarch, which was also cited in the Vanity Fair book extract.
According to the source, Harry and Meghan’s decision was more of a regret than a blessing for the queen as she could not spend as much time with her great grandchildren. In Nicholls’ excerpt, she wrote that “there is still coolness between William and Harry—and on William’s part, a serious lack of trust.” Upon asking a senior aide close to William and Harry for decades about the brothers’ falling out and two competing courts, of the Sussexes and Waleses, he answered her: “The Sussexes approach these issues in a way that is more Californian and closer to celebrity activism than to royalty, is actually the truth.”
“The unique thing about royalty is that it is the only institution which ties together the establishment, philanthropic and civic worlds.” He added, “The Sussexes are aware that they can’t compare to them. It’s not that they are trying. What they are doing is making a difference in their politico-philanthropic world, and that’s great.”