Harry and William can heal their rift but they will never go back to normal if Meghan Markle is in the picture, a royal expert claims.
“However, Harry would never leave his children in another country.”
William’s wife Kate Middleton was touted as a possible “peacemaker” after she stepped away to give the once-close brothers time to speak alone following their grandfather Prince Philip’s funeral in April.
Kate would like to see the siblings patch things up, but won’t push for it until the time is right, Ms Schofield suggested.
The Los Angeles-based royal correspondent, who runs the website To Di For Daily, added: “I believe the Duchess of Cambridge is a very strong champion for the reunion, but I also imagine that she knows where her husband’s head and heart are and isn’t going to push for something that he’s not ready for.”
It is claimed the family feud erupted as Harry and Meghan fell for each other following their first dates in 2016.
William felt Harry was moving “too fast” with his new love and tried to stop his younger brother from rushing into marrying the former Suits actress and divorcee, the royal biographer Robert Lacey claimed in his book Battle of the Brothers.
According to the book, William is said to have told Harry: “This all seems to be moving rather quickly. Are you sure?”
The book alleged Harry was offended and wondered whether second-in-line William was actually concerned about his happiness or worried more about the impact the relationship would have on The Firm.
It claims William then recruited the help of his uncle, Diana’s brother Charles Spencer.
But Harry reacted angrily to William’s intervention and accused his sibling of trying to torpedo his relationship with Meghan, it has been claimed.
Mr Lacey wrote: “The result of the Spencer intervention was an even more bitter explosion. Once again Harry refused to slow down.”
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He added: “The fraternal fissure became established. There would be patch-ups and reconciliations, especially when a public show of unity was required.
“But that anger and mistrust – that distance – has lasted to the present day.”
Harry and Meghan would go on to announce their engagement in November 2017 and get married at St George’s Chapel in May 2018.
Their son Archie, now two, was born in May 2019, and within months the family had left the UK for Vancouver Island in Canada.
After Harry and Meghan quit as senior royals last year, they settled in her home town of Los Angeles to pursue their own interests, including deals with Spotify and Netflix.
It is alleged William was furious and other senior royals were deeply disappointed after Harry and Meghan’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey in March, which plunged the monarchy into a fresh crisis.
Harry, 36, told Oprah there was “space” between him and William, adding: “Time heals all things, hopefully.”
He claimed his brother and father Prince Charles were “trapped” in the monarchy, his dad had stopped speaking to him for a time, and that his family had cut him off financially.
The Sussexes accused the Royal Family of racism and the institution of failing to support Meghan when she was suicidal.
Kate was publicly singled out by Meghan, who claimed her sister-in-law made her cry in the run-up to her 2018 wedding in a disagreement over flower girl dresses.
In response, William said “we are very much not a racist family” and Buckingham Palace said “some recollections may vary” but the claims would be “taken very seriously” and addressed in private.
Royal watchers claim Harry likely didn’t do himself any favours when he recently spoke to Dax Shepard for the actor’s podcast Armchair Expert.
Harry suggested his dad’s parenting left him with “genetic pain and suffering” and said he wanted to “break that cycle” while raising his own children.
Harry and William could see each other again on July 1, when a statue of their late mum Princess Diana is unveiled at Kensington Palace on what would have been her 60th birthday.
Harry has not yet confirmed whether he will attend the event.
It is thought that Meghan’s due date is near to July 1.
She is pregnant with a girl, the couple’s second child, and told Oprah that the baby is expected in the “summertime”.
Harry flew back to the UK for this grandfather Prince Philip’s funeral in April, his first trip home in more than a year.
It was the first time he saw the Queen, Charles and William in person since he and Meghan quit their roles and since the Oprah interview.
Harry, who along with Meghan was stripped of royal patronages, was seen speaking alone with William following the service.
It is said that the brothers then had a brief face-to-face chat with Charles in the grounds of Windsor Castle before they went their separate ways.