According to a royal analyst, Prince William and Princess Kate have “no deep desire” to reach out and develop bridges with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Tensions have been high between the royal brothers since the Sussexes stepped down as working royals in 2020, with their Netflix documentary and Harry’s memoir Spare adding gasoline to the fire.
Private details about Harry’s relationship with William have been revealed, including reports that the two had a physical altercation and that William had been unwelcoming to Meghan.
The simmering feud between the families, according to royal author Dr Ed Owens, is unlikely to stop anytime soon, said: “It’ll be really difficult.” I don’t believe there’s any way for that direct way forward at the moment.
“It’s a classic case of conflict resolution. Conflict resolution requires an understanding on the part of both parties and a desire to find common ground. Unfortunately, I don’t think there’s a deep enough desire on either side to find that common ground at the moment.”
He did not, however, rule out the potential of their reconciling in the future, as William and Harry were formerly quite close.
He explained: “Time is often the healer, and in terms of their finding common ground, it’s something that might happen further down the line.
“But at the moment, there doesn’t seem to be a deep enough desire to find that common ground or a desire to be understanding on both sides, for there to be sort of any successful resolution.”
Dr. Owens offered that a mediator be appointed to assist the couples in working through their issues, but agreed that such a discussion would have to take place behind closed doors.
There has been conjecture that Kate, who was previously friendly with Harry and helped him and William converse after Prince Philip’s burial, maybe the mediator between the brothers.
However, it appears that she is now taking a step back and following in William’s footsteps by avoiding contact with Harry following the release of Spare.
True Royalty founder Nick Bullen said: “After Harry said so much about Kate in Spare and Camilla, the extended family – his stepmother, his sister-in-law – none of them really feel the need to follow up with a conversation.”
Valentine Low, a royal author, added that the Princess of Wales was probably “quite bruised” after Harry made such public comments about her in his book.
He said: “[In Spare] he starts by portraying her almost like a sister, they were very close, they got on terribly well.
“And later, the portrait he paints is of someone rather cold and frosty towards Meghan. So she must be feeling quite bruised by that.”