It’s sometimes hard to believe that that the world was once in love with Prince Harry and Meghan’s love story. I know you remember it, right?
However, in the four years since their spectacular glittering Windsor wedding, it seems as if the now-rogue royal couple has gone from controversy to controversy, and everything they do is a drama.
But now she is back in the fold in a very loose way – anyone watching that recent royal walkabout will note that Catherine the Princess of Wales kept a well-heeled distance and never made eye contact – and with one good reason: she is terrified that anything she says will be in Meghan’s next big interview.
Meghan has often borne the brunt of the most salacious headlines and can’t seem to shake the reputation of royal wrecker. But now, thanks to the dramatic twist of royal turns with the demise of the late queen, Meghan is back and knows it, and is thus loving all the attention that this former actress can muster. She even dressed on the royal walkabout like a throwback to Wallis Simpson, the American divorcee and wife of former King Edward VIII, who was forced to abdicate the throne to marry her. But now Meghan is in the throes with Harry and Harry does not want her to leave.
The problem is that they were never supposed to be away from the U.S. for longer than a week, and are clearly missing their children. Harry had hoped to fly them over, or so the reports go, but with the oh so private couple and the way they have hidden the children from public view, they now are considering not doing this. But I hear Meghan thinks, given the response that she has received, that she should go back to the U.S. ahead of the funeral and leave Harry with his family to attend it.
Thing is, Harry feels vulnerable and alone without her – let’s not forget he has dumped on his close family for the last two years so he figures if she goes back he is all alone. Yet Meghan is of two minds, too. If she leaves she is deemed as showing no respect at all for the monarchy – a no-win situation. But, moving forward, the general sense is that the public here in the U.K. would be more than happy to have this part time ex-royal duchess depart and make sure the media focus is only on the great lady, the late queen.
But as one good source told me, “Harry is terrified of being left alone with a family that was once so close.” After the years of him and his wife bashing them in public, is it any wonder? Meghan is keen to get back to her podcasts, chat show appearances and resume a life away from the royal family.
Meanwhile the brothers have become estranged but have appeared in public twice together in the past week since the queen’s death. They walked together today in the memorial procession for the queen leaving Buckingham Palace to Westminster. And while many speculate that this is the start of a rebuilding of the brothers’ friendship, according to a close source, while both are polite there is so much to be done and William in particular feels that Meghan trashed his wife in public alongside his dear father Charles. So it’s him and him alone that does not want to move forward unless a formal apology to Catherine is forthcoming and red-headed Harry does not think that is the case.
So, while this may all look lovely for the world to see, nothing has really moved on and, with Harry getting ready to dump his tell all book, will William ever forgive?
Finally, attending the ceremony today at Westminster, I noted that the palace had placed the Duchess of Sussex in the car with the Countess of Wessex Sophie, who is not the greatest admirer of Meghan.
Mike Tindall, the husband of Princess Anne’s daughter Zara, famously called Harry a rather rude word in public the last time they were all together at St Paul’s Cathedral. So, all in all, while many and all are there to honor the queen, it appears the love is not all around for the ex-royals Harry and Meghan.