‘Efforts’ Were Made to Mend Harry, Meghan’s Royal Rift

Gayle King, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
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Are you making progress? Following Queen Elizabeth II‘s funeral, Gayle KingShe shared her perspective Prince Harry Meghan Markle‘s future relationship with the rest of the royal family.

“There have been efforts on both sides to sort of make this right,” King, 67, claimed during an interview with AdditionalMonday, September 19 “We shall see.”

The host noted that it “remains to be seen” whether Harry, 38, and Meghan, 41, will be able to mend the rift. “Are they going to be drawn closer together or are they going to be drawn apart?” she continued. “I have no idea. I have no inside information on that, but I will tell you this: It was good to see Harry standing with his family.”

In 2020, the Duke of Sussex and Duchess Sussex made headlines with their announcement that they were leaving the royal family. One year later, they made it clear that their decision was permanent and moved to California before the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Following conversations with the duke, the queen has written confirming that in stepping away from the work of the royal family it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service,” Buckingham Palace wrote in a statement in February 2021. “The honorary military appointments and royal patronages held by the duke and duchess will therefore be returned to Her Majesty before being redistributed among working members of the royal family.”

In a candid interview, the couple, who had exchanged vows in 2018, spoke out about their shocking breakup. “I was trapped but I didn’t know I was trapped,” Harry said in March 2021. “Trapped within the system like the rest of the family. My brother and father are both trapped. They don’t get to leave and I have huge compassion for that.”

Meghan openly spoke out about how the British press impacted her mental health. “I just didn’t see a solution. I would sit up at night, and I was just, like, I don’t understand how all of this is being churned out,” the SuitsThe alum shares her son Archie, 3 years old, and daughter Lilibet (15 months) with her husband. “I realized that it was all happening just because I was breathing. I was really ashamed to say it at the time and ashamed to have to admit it to Harry, especially, because I know how much loss he’s suffered.”

Amid professional engagements in the U.K., Harry and Meghan joined the royal family in mourning following the late monarch’s death on September 8 at age 96. During their visit, King Charles III noted during the first address after his ascension that he wished for his youngest son to “continue to build” his life with Meghan in California.

Charles, 73, later seemed to disinvite Harry and Meghan from a reception at the World Leaders on Sunday, September 18.

“A Palace spokesperson has reiterated this morning that Sunday’s state reception is ‘for working royals only.’ No further comment or guidance on why the Sussexes were invited (and now seemingly uninvited),” royal reporter Omid ScobieTwitter was sent after the couple were unable to attend the event hosted at the former Duke of Cornwall.