Prince Harry and Prince William’s reported split appears to be healing as a friend of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex appears confident the brothers will be in touch over Christmas. Their relationship, the insider has claimed, is “much better than it was”.
The friend of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry told Vanity Fair: “I have no doubt they will be video calling each other over Christmas.”
Royal expert Katie Nicholl also wrote in the magazine the brothers are “in regular contact”.
And, in a bid to mark Christmas despite the physical distance between them, the “Sussexes have sent Christmas gifts to the Cambridge family”.
Several royal commentators have discussed over the past years the rumoured rift between Prince Harry and Prince William.
According to Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, authors of Finding Freedom, the relationship broke down when the Duke of Cambridge urged his younger brother not to rush into marriage with Meghan but to take his time to get to know “this girl” – a remark considered snobbish by a source reported in their book.
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Royal author Robert Lacey also believes the Duke of Sussex was hurt by this comment.
However, the author added, Harry was also fed up with the dynamic created throughout the years with his brother and future king and wondered whether the Duke of Cambridge was more concerned for his wellbeing or the future of the Crown.
Prince Harry and Meghan are to spend their first Christmas together in California.
Ms Nicholl reported the couple will spend the holidays in their new home in Montecito in the company of their beloved son Archie and Meghan’s mum – Doria Ragland.
Meghan, the expert added, “is overseeing the menu and will be cooking on the day”.
Prince William, on the other hand, revealed last week he and Kate were still “trying to make plans”.
During the stop of the Royal Train tour in Cardiff, Prince William told university students who were speaking about their own arrangements for Christmas in the wake of the easing of the Government’s regulations.
He said: “It is so difficult.
“We are still trying to make plans. It’s difficult to know what to do for the best.”
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The Queen is in remarkable good health and is likely looking forward to returning to normalcy and resume all her royal duties rather than thinking about stepping down, according to royal author Clive Irving.
The author told Express.co.uk: “People seem to think that when the Queen reaches the age of 95 next year she will invoke the Regency Act and make Charles Prince Regent and so he can govern as such.
“I don’t think she is minded to do that at all, she is incredibly fit and robust for her age.
“She is physically independent, she doesn’t even need a stick to walk, she needs no support – she was out riding on a horse recently.
“How many 94-year-old women can do that?
“She has got enormous stamina and she has made it very clear – she wants to do the job until she feels she can’t go on doing it.
“And she can very much keep on doing it.”