Camilla 'spat out tea' when Prince Harry suggested mediator to mend rift with King Charles, claims report

The Sussexes' ties to the royal family have soured, and Harry even claimed to Oprah that his father 'shut him off' as a result of the conflict  

Camilla 'spat out tea' when Prince Harry suggested mediator to mend rift with King Charles, claims report
Prince Harry's ridiculous request to repair ties with the family baffled King Charles III and Camilla, Queen Consort (Leon Neal/Getty Images, Niall Carson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's relationship with the royal family has been strained after they made the decision to leave their royal responsibilities and relocate to the US. The loss of Harry's grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, however, changed the dynamic at home and provided him the chance to mend relations with his family.

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To clear out the air, Harry and Markle paid a visit to King Charles III and Camilla, Queen Consort, when they stopped in the UK on their route to 'The Hague for the Invictus Games'. The Duke of Sussex reportedly recommended a mediator to help mend the gap when he met with his father and Camilla during the UK visit around Easter this year, according to Vanity Fair.

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In a passage from the book 'The New Royals' by royal expert Katie Nicholl, a family friend is quoted as saying, "Harry went in with hugs and the best of intentions and said he wanted to clear the air. He actually suggested that they use a mediator to try and sort things out, which had Charles somewhat bemused and Camilla spluttering into her tea. She told Harry it was ridiculous and that they were a family and would sort it out between themselves."

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, King Charles III and Camilla, Queen Consort observe the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II as it is transferred from the gun carriage to the hearse at Wellington Arch following the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022 in London, England. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on 21 April 1926. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and ascended the throne of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth on 6 February 1952 after the death of her Father, King George VI. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, King Charles III, and Camilla, Queen Consort observe the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022, in London, England (Andy Stenning - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Harry made this suggestion because Charles had asked for the mediator to be present when the Sussexes were meeting with the late Queen. King Charles' purpose in doing this was to prevent Harry from charming Her Majesty in the same way that Andrew had and get her to agree to anything without his consent.

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Harry and Meghan, according to other claims, were running late, leaving Charles with only 15 minutes to spend with his son and daughter-in-law as he had to depart for the Royal Maundy Service at Windsor Castle. The Sussexes' ties to the royal family have soured, and Harry even claimed to Oprah that his father "shut him off" as a result of the conflict.  

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex speaks as Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex listen during The Prince of Wales' 70th Birthday Patronage Celebration held at Buckingham Palace on May 22, 2018 in London, England.
Prince Harry speaks as Charles, Camilla and Meghan listen during The Prince of Wales' 70th Birthday Patronage Celebration held at Buckingham Palace on May 22, 2018, in London, England (Dominic Lipinski - Pool/Getty Images)

Gayle King, a close friend of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the host of CBS Mornings, even asserted that there is still "turmoil" over Meghan and Harry's decision to leave their royal duties and their interview with Oprah Winfrey, despite Charles's offer of reconciliation.

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"There have been efforts on both sides to sort of make this right. Big families always go through drama, always go through turmoil. It remains to be seen — are they going to be drawn closer together or are they going to be drawn apart? I have no idea, I have no inside information on that, but I will tell you this: It was good to see Harry standing with his family," King said while claiming that there had been no reconciliation.

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The Duke and the Duchess of Sussex, who have been separated from their children Archie and Lilibet for the past two weeks, are allegedly eager to return to their California home in Montecito.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex walk together to meet members of the public on the long Walk at Windsor Castle on September 10, 2022 in Windsor, England. Crowds have gathered and tributes left at the gates of Windsor Castle to Queen Elizabeth II, who died at Balmoral Castle on 8 September, 2022.
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex walk together to meet members of the public on the long Walk at Windsor Castle on September 10, 2022, in Windsor, England(Kirsty O'Connor - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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