Talks between Prince Harry and senior members of the British royal family have reportedly broken down due to leaks from the “Sussex side,” sources say.
Insiders told The Sun that no “meaningful conversations” have taken place since the funeral of Prince Philip last week. They added that royal aides are still nervous about any future clear-the-air discussions with Harry, as they are disturbed by the “constant leaks” that come from his side.
They were particularly put off on Wednesday, when intimate details of a private discussion between Meghan Markle and Queen Elizabeth were reported in People Magazine. Omid Scobie, a royal author who is friends with Meghan, claimed that “sources” close to Harry told him that “Saturday broke the ice for future conversations but outstanding issues have not been addressed at any great length. The family simply put their issues to one side to focus on what mattered.”
However, other sources are now saying that no progress has actually been made.
Harry raised some eyebrows when he flew back to California on Tuesday, choosing not to stay one more day for the Queen’s 95th birthday on Wednesday. Page Six reported that the “conflicted” Harry decided that it was more important to travel home to California to see his pregnant wife Meghan Markle on Tuesday. The 36 year-old royal reportedly flew back to California on an American Airlines that landed on Tuesday afternoon, and he was then driven to his mansion in Montecito.
This birthday was a difficult one for the Queen, as it comes less than two weeks after she lost her husband of 73 years.
“I have, on the occasion of my 95th birthday today, received many messages of good wishes, which I very much appreciate. While as a family we are in a period of great sadness, it has been a comfort to us all to see and to hear the tributes paid to my husband, from those within the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and around the world,” she said in a statement to mark her birthday.
“My family and I would like to thank you for all the support and kindness shown to us in recent days,” the Queen added. “We have been deeply touched, and continue to be reminded that Philip had such an extraordinary impact on countless people throughout his life.”