William and Harry won't unite until they split from Kate and Meghan, says expert: 'Only if there's a tragedy'
'If there was an awful tragedy it would bring them together, but otherwise I don't think that relationship will be mended'
A royal expert has claimed that now only an “awful tragedy” can bring Prince William and Prince Harry closer. Ingrid Seward told the Mirror's ‘Pod Save The Queen’ podcast that the equation between the royal brothers has been severely damaged after Harry and his wife Meghan Markle stepped down from the senior royal duties to start a new independent financial life.
The editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine also said that the Megxit not only left William furious, but it also shocked Prince Philip, who is a royal outsider himself. Seward said that the Sussexes’ decision to move out of the UK and start living in a $14M mansion in Montecito, California, was not appreciated by the Duke of Edinburgh. She said: “I rather doubt that they will ever get back to how they used to be. I really don't think so. I think that's probably a broken relationship. I think perhaps if something happened to Catherine or Meghan, the boys would be together again. But as long as their ladies are there and their families are there... If there was an awful tragedy it would bring them together, but otherwise I don't think that relationship will be mended. But that is a really personal point of view and I might not be right.”
Seward's comments came days after British historian Robert Lacey claimed that Meghan was behind Harry and William’s feud. The 76-year-old also said that the ‘Suits’ actress was a “massive problem” for the royals. “Meghan was a massive problem for the royal family. It's easy to be wise after the event. Here's a self-made woman. A self-made millionaire, the only one in the royal family who's made her own money, created her own celebrity and not inherited it,” he added.
Continuing, the writer of the book ‘Battle of Brothers: William, Harry and the Inside Story of a Family in Tumult’ stated that the Duke of Cambridge was “quite right” to be concerned for Harry. “William was quite right to say to Harry: ‘Look, this is a challenge you're bringing into the family, how's it going to work?' And with wisdom after the event, one has to say not enough preparations were made,” Lacey said. “William took the lesson of duty. As he went through this difficult time, the prospect he was going to be king was a strength for him, to the degree that when he fell in love, he politely asked his girlfriend to wait nine or 10 years to make sure she'd be good for the job. They have created a wonderful figurehead for the future. Harry took the opposite conclusion from the turmoil of his parents' loveless marriage, that he was going to go for love. We're looking at a clash of love and duty."
Earlier, an excerpt from the ‘Battle of Brothers’ mentioned that Meghan and Kate treated “each other with mutual respect”, but the brothers “never hesitated to tell each other exactly what they thought and felt”. “Meghan and Kate actually got on rather well from the start. They might not be best-buddy material, but they found themselves, sister-outsiders in their extraordinary royal situation, and both of them cool professionals, treating each other with mutual respect. Each was far too canny to make an enemy of a prospective sister-in-law — it only made sense to be friends. The fundamental conflict was between the two males who had known each other all their lives and had never hesitated to tell each other exactly what they thought and felt,” Lacey wrote in the book.