Despite Prince Harry’s strained family relationships, he was happy to be back in his home country for the funeral of his grandfather, Prince Philip, earlier this month, a source told ET.
Harry arrived in the UK on April 11 for the funeral on April 17, and was back in Montecito, California, with his pregnant wife, Meghan Markle, and their 1-year-old son, Archie, on April 21. A source close to Harry says he was grateful to be able to spend some time in London and “wished he could have stayed a little longer.”
The source also says that despite reports that some interactions with his family were “cold”, he welcomed the opportunity to reconnect, especially since the coronavirus pandemic has prevented him and Meghan from returning for the past year. According to the source, Harry has been working with his brother, Prince William, on the upcoming commemoration of his mother, the late Princess Diana, which is scheduled for later this summer on what would have been his 60th birthday in July.
While the relationships were “raw” after Harry and Meghan’s explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey in March, both brothers “remain fully committed to continuing Diana’s legacy together,” the source adds.
On Thursday, a source told ET that Harry and Meghan privately congratulated William and his wife, Kate Middleton, on their 10th wedding anniversary. Royal expert Katie Nicholl previously told ET that Kate served as a “peacemaker” for Harry and William at their grandfather’s funeral.
“I’ve always understood that behind the scenes, Kate has gone to great lengths to forge a rapprochement and act as a peacemaker between William and Harry,” Nicholl told ET. “She loves Harry. She says that she is the sister he never had. It has broken her heart watching them fight, and I think she is one of the few people, one of the few members of the family who could really push the brothers together, which he did in a very subtle way, but it was very effective. “
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