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Prince William told ‘stop appeasing Prince Harry’: ‘He’ll soon learn’

Prince Harry and Meghan: Expert speculates on Christmas return

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The Duke of Sussex reportedly went into “panic mode” last week after the Queen spent the night in hospital. Harry, who has always had an exceptionally close relationship with his grandmother, is said to be “checking in non-stop”. The Queen will no longer be attending the UN’s COP26 summit in Glasgow next week, and Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge will attend the reception in her place.

A source told US Weekly Harry felt “helpless” being so far away.

Royal expert Russell Myers suggested on Lorraine that Harry and Meghan Markle may well “change their mind” on spending Christmas in California.

The Queen being unwell, coupled with this year being the first Christmas the monarch will spend without Prince Philip, Mr Myers claimed: “Anything can happen and I think they might just change their mind on this occasion.”

It would be Meghan’s first time back on British soil since they moved to California last year, and also since the birth of their daughter Lilibet.

Royal expert Dan Wootton penned an open letter to Prince William earlier this year, just a month after Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.

He told William: “Sometimes you have to accept there’s only so much you can do for a sibling.”

Mr Wootton explained how William had always been there for his younger brother throughout, and claimed he took on the “combined role of Harry’s surrogate dad, chief-of-staff and best friend”.

He emphasised the effect of both William and Kate on Harry, focusing on their “bold and brave charity initiatives” that gave a fresh face to the monarchy.

He claimed William had gone to every effort to welcome Meghan into the Royal Family, through inviting them to spend Christmas at Anmer Hall and with the birth of the ‘Fab Four’.

But, he claimed, “the damage was done”.

Mr Wootton added: “You and Kate had tried everything, but fundamentally Harry and Meghan had made a decision that they didn’t want to be on your side. Their narrative as victims of the system was firmly set in their heads.”

The “final straw”, Mr Wootton claimed, was the way Harry and Meghan “behaved” in their decision to step down from senior royal duties.

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The Sussexes stepped back in January 2020, and said they would balance their time between the UK and America. 

Given the travel restrictions imposed by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Harry has returned just a few times, while Meghan is yet to come back to the UK at all.

Mr Wootton claimed, through their “ongoing manipulation of the American media” that Meghan and Harry have “declared war” on the Royal Family.

He wrote: “It’s painful. But the time has come to stop appeasing your brother. He’ll soon learn that millions of dollars and a Californian mansion don’t compare to the unconditional and unwavering love of your blood relatives.”

Harry and Meghan are pursuing their own business ventures on the other side of the Atlantic, and signed a multi-million pound deal with streaming giant Netflix.

Harry will produce docuseries ‘Heart of Invictus’, which follows the journeys of just a few of the remarkable individuals competing at the sporting event he founded in 2014.

Meghan, meanwhile, will produce animated series ‘Pearl’, which follows a 12-year-old girl who is inspired by history’s most influential women.

Mr Wootton said William ought to direct his focus on himself.

He said: “By contrast, you are going to be king. Your priority is to keep the monarchy popular, not give in to your brother’s petulant tantrums.”

William gave a sweet nod to his brother at a private reception for the unveiling of their mother’s statue.

Harry could not attend the reception, which was scheduled for July but pushed back due to coronavirus restrictions at the time.

A source told The Sun: “William made a brilliant speech saying thank you from him and Harry and how happy they both were with the statue.

“He mentioned Harry by name. The brothers are barely on speaking terms but it’s clear the Princess Di statue has done some good.”

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