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