King Charles saw ‘tremendous flickers of hope’ for prospect of ‘unity’ with Prince Harry and Meghan after time in UK

King Charles is said to have ‘hope’ for a ‘cause for unity’ with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex after coming together to mourn Queen Elizabeth

King Charles saw ‘tremendous flickers of hope’ for 'unity' with Prince Harry and Meghan, seen here side-by-side
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King Charles reportedly saw “tremendous flickers of hope” for the prospect of “unity” with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after their recent time in the UK.

After traveling to the UK in September to attend charity events close to their heart, Prince Harry and Meghan extended their time in the country as they joined the Royal Family in mourning Queen Elizabeth II after she passed away at Balmoral. The Duke, who is now fifth in the royal line of succession, and Duchess Meghan took a central role in the days that followed and paid their respects to the late monarch at her State Funeral and Committal Service. 

Now it’s been suggested that the Sussexes’ recent time in the UK has meant King Charles saw “tremendous flickers of hope” going forwards. According to The Telegraph it’s been claimed that His Majesty is hopeful that they will have a “cause for unity” after months of rumors about a so-called “rift” between the royals. 

Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, King Charles III, Camilla, Queen Consort, Princess Anne, Princess Royal and Princess Beatrice observe the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II

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A royal insider alleged to the publication that in recent weeks as they’ve grieved for the Queen, hope has emerged for a more unified relationship between King Charles and the Sussexes.

“It remains the case that the King loves both of his children. Over the last 16 days or so, there were tremendous flickers of hope,” they claimed. “In terms of the future, there is hope of a cause for unity.”

This comes soon after His Majesty referenced Prince Harry and Meghan in his first televised address since ascending to the throne. King Charles paid tribute to his “darling mama” and praised the Prince and Princess of Wales before declaring, “I want also to express my love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives overseas.” 

Since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle “stepped back” as senior royals they have gone on to settle in their Santa Barbara mansion and welcomed their second child, Lilibet. The Sussexes’ relationship with King Charles and Prince William in particular has been under intense scrutiny for some time, with Prince Harry describing his father and brother as “trapped” in the institution during the couple’s interview with Oprah Winfrey last year. 

Prince Harry, Meghan and their children have only returned to the UK together once since their US move - for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. However, it was thought that the then-Prince Charles was “thrilled” to meet Lilibet for the first time and enjoyed an “emotional” reunion with them. 

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Peter Phillips follow the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II into Westminster Hall

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After the Duke and Duchess came back to the UK in September they remained in the country for longer as they mourned Queen Elizabeth with the immediate and extended Royal Family. It seems that the conversations that were had during this immensely difficult time have led to great “hope” and the possibility that the speculation about a “rift” can be put behind them once and for all.  

Emma Shacklock

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