Published On: Wed, Jul 29th, 2020

Prince Harry news: Duke wanted Archie to be ‘best friends’ with cousins before royal feud | Royal | News


Finding Freedom is expected to shed light on both Harry and Meghan Markle’s frustrations with the palace and press as well as their journey into royal life. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have both distanced themselves from the book, saying they were not interviewed for the biography and did not make any contributions to it. However, the book claims the royal rift damaged more bonds than that of brothers Harry and William.

The latest revelation in the book details how Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s son, Archie Harrison, never got the chance to bond with his cousins Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.

Meghan and Harry stepped back from the royal family in January.

A couple months after their bombshell announcement, sources claimed Harry felt like Archie “has been abandoned” by the Royal Family.

However, even before their royal exit and move, it was clear that Harry’s wish to have Archie be “best friends” with his cousins was a long shot due to the royal feud.

Meghan Archie

Prince harry wanted Archie to be “best friends” with his cousins George, Charlotte and Louis (Image: GETTY)

Meghan and Archie

The latest revelation in the book details how Archie never got the chance to bond with his cousins Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis (Image: SAVETHECHILDREN)

New extracts of Finding Freedom, shared by the Times claim that though Harry and Meghan gave a standing invitation to Prince William and Kate Middleton to visit their home in the countryside, they never did.

On top of the Cambridges failing to take the time to visit, Harry also apparently felt like they needed a break from each other.

A source said: “Everywhere you turn, you’re surrounded by staff and family.

“He was at a point in his life where he was working with his brother, doing the foundation with his brother and living by his brother. It was too much.”

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Meghan and Archie

A couple months after their bombshell announcement, sources claimed Harry felt like Archie ‘has been abandoned’ by the Royal Family. (Image: SAVETHECHILDREN)

Moreover, there seems to be little chance of a family reunion.

With the coronavirus keeping the Sussexes in Los Angeles, they have not been able to reunite with William, Kate and their three children.

However, it seems Harry doesn’t want to return to the UK or Royal Family any time soon.

A palace insider said Prince Harry had been “reluctant” to agree to the review following their trial separation.

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William and Kate

The book claims the royal rift damaged more bonds than that of brothers Harry and William (Image: KENSINGTON ROYAL)

William and Kate

Harry reportedly felt like he and William needed a break from each other (Image: GETTY)

The source, interviewed by the Telegraph, claims Harry and Meghan never wanted to return in the first place because the couple knew they never wanted to return to the “old way of doing things”.

They said: “The split was very stressful for everyone on all sides, but the Duke and Duchess were never going to go back to the status quo.

“Harry needed to be convinced of the purpose for a review.

“Theirs is a new model and they never wanted to go back to the old one, even if they do come back to the UK.

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Royal Family tree (Image: EXPRESS)

“The review is intended to keep the door open to them but Harry could see the down side of this because this wasn’t about them changing their minds.”

The 12-month review was suggested as part of negotiations to keep the door open for the couple to return to the UK.

It allowed Prince Harry to hold on to some patronages and titles, said insiders, which in turn allows him to maintain his links with the UK.

The pair had been expected back for major events such as Trooping the Colour.

George and Charlotte

There seems to be little chance of a family reunion as the Sussexes work from Los Angeles (Image: GETTY)

However, the coronavirus pandemic scuppered the plans leaving them overseas.

The couple have been carrying out virtual tours and engagements in the US and are both involved in a number of projects close to their hearts.

harry and Meghan are planning to launch their new organisation Archewell this year.

The Duchess of Sussex recently gave a virtual keynote speech at the UN Foundation’s 2020 Girl Up Leadership Summit.



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