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Queen ‘ideal’ peacemaker to put end to William and Harry rift – can ‘engineer’ reunion

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Queen Elizabeth has been named as the “ideal” peacemaker to reunite Prince William and Prince Harry after their royal rift. Royal expert Peter York said that her role in the reconciliation would demonstrate her “grandmotherly love” and prove the strength of the monarchy. 

Mr York told Vanity Fair: “The ideal reconciliation will be if, in some way, the Queen can engineer it while she’s still around.” 

“It would serve the monarchy to show that, as it were, brotherly love, grandmotherly love, had triumphed.” 

Prince William and Prince Harry had been at odds with one another since the Sussexes announced that they would be stepping away from the Royal Family in January 2020. 

In the months leading up to the announcement, there had been speculation that the two couples weren’t getting along after the Sussexes decided to break away from the Kensington Royal Foundation and rumours spread of a rift between Kate and Meghan Markle. 

Since stepping back as senior royals, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have made a number of media appearances in which they have criticised the monarchy. 

Bombshell accusations included senior royals ignoring the couple’s mental health difficulties and refusing to correct damaging articles that were being printed about the Duchess of Sussex. 

They also claimed that an unnamed member of the Royal Family had “expressed concern” over the skin colour of their unborn child. 

When speaking about Prince William, Harry characterised their relationship as “space” and told Oprah that they were “on different paths”. 

Whilst also criticising his father’s parenting skills, the Duke of Sussex said that his father and brother were “trapped” within the institution. 

The Duchess corrected the story about her relationship with Kate, revealing that it was in fact Kate who had made her cry in a tiff over flower girl dresses. The story had been inaccurately reported by the British tabloid press at the time. 

During an appearance on Dax Shepard’s podcast Armchair Expert Harry spoke about breaking the cycle of “genetic pain and suffering” within the Royal Family. 

His comments are said to have ‘deeply upset’ the Queen and have furthered the tension between the Sussexes and other senior royals. 

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The Queen was last reunited with her grandson for the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle in April. 

Whilst the Royal Family displayed a united front, with William and Harry conversing outside St George’s Chapel, discussions behind closed doors have reportedly been unproductive. 

The two brothers are next due to make a joint appearance for the unveiling of a statue in commemoration of their mother. Due to take place on July 1, on the date Princess Diana would have celebrated her 60th birthday, both William and Harry are expected to give speeches at the ceremony. 

Prince Harry currently resides in California with his wife. The couple are expecting their second child to be born this summer. 

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