Prince Harry and Meghan’s gulf from the Royal family is as large as ever

As they are expected to fly back to California on Tuesday to be reunited with their children Archie, three, and one-year-old Lilibet after more than a fortnight apart, little appears to have been resolved with their nearest and dearest, with whom they are thought to have had “little interaction” behind the pomp and ceremony.

According to Meghan’s US chat show host friend Gayle King, who travelled to the UK to cover the funeral for CBS, no peace deal has been struck with the Prince and Princess of Wales, despite their joint Windsor walkabout.

Asked about the royal rift, Ms King – who was first introduced to Harry and Meghan by their mutual friend Oprah Winfrey and attended the Duchess’s New York baby shower in 2019 – said: “There have been efforts on both sides … to sort of make this right. 

“We shall see … Big families always go through drama, always go through turmoil. 

“It remains to be seen. Are they going to be drawn closer together or are they going to be drawn apart?”

You may have thought that the past 12 unprecedented days would have provided the royals with the perfect opportunity to patch up their differences.

But in reality, the extraordinary sequence of events that we have just witnessed has only served to highlight just how detached the Sussexes now are from The Firm, if not the family.

Take the state reception invitation debacle. Originally, the couple received an email saying that they were welcome to join the rest of the royals for the gathering of 1,000 world leaders at Buckingham Palace on Sunday night.

The Telegraph understands that the couple only got first wind that they might not be able to go after all following a press briefing on Thursday, when a question mark was raised by the King’s spokesman over the attendance of “non-working” royals.

Such is the breakdown in communication between the Sussexes’ people and the palace that they couldn’t get a firm answer on whether they were in or out until Friday evening, when it emerged they had been invited “in error”.

As one insider explained in bafflement: “They have done everything as best they could. They have turned up, they have smiled, shaken hands, whatever was asked.”

There was similar imbroglio over whether or not Harry could wear his Blues and Royals uniform at any stage.

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