King Charles III 'increasingly unlikely' to extend olive branch to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

The chances of King Charles reaching out to Meghan and Harry are 'slim'

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King Charles III is 'unlikely' to extend an olive branch to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle despite mentioning them in his first speech as King, according to a royal expert.

During his first speech as King Charles III, the monarch referenced Meghan and Harry, extending his love for the couple as 'they continue to build their life overseas.'

However, while he claims this was a 'family olive branch', Nick Bullen claimed that it is not one to 'encourage them to rejoin the working royals.'

Nick said, "I think they are all very sad that it just didn’t work out. They’re very sad that the Sussexes are living on the other side of the world. And I think Charles is sad he doesn’t get to see his grandchildren as much as he would like.

"Moments like what we’ve seen when they all came together for the queen’s funeral must have heightened that sadness."

Meghan and Harry flew back to the US soon after Queen Elizabeth's state funeral. The couple were reportedly anxious to reunite with their two young children, Archie, 3, and one-year-old Lilibet, after being separated from the toddlers for a full fortnight. 

The A-list couple was coincidently in England on September 8 for a charity tour when news broke that Her Majesty was being monitored by royal doctors at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. Just a few hours later, Buckingham Palace released a statement to confirm that the Queen had died 'peacefully' at the age of 96 – marking the end of her reign as Britain's longest-serving monarch. 

It's understood that Prince Harry rushed from London to Balmoral to see his great-grandmother before she passed away, but was unable to make it to the Aberdeenshire estate in time to say goodbye.

The Sussexes extended their stay in the UK following the Queen's death, remaining at Frogmore Cottage so that they could join the Royal Family and the nation in its official period of mourning. 

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