Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral might have been televised, however particulars about what occurred behind the scenes are nonetheless popping out greater than a 12 months later. Among the many moments cameras didn’t catch? A dialog between Kate Middleton and Prince Harry. The Princess of Wales reportedly requested her brother-in-law, the Duke of Sussex, a “very simple question” forward of the queen’s funeral.
Kate talked to Harry within the hours earlier than Queen Elizabeth’s funeral
In line with OK! Magazine, the strain between Harry and Kate on the day of Queen Elizabeth’s funeral — Sept. 19, 2022 — began with a non-public dialog. Kate, now 41, reportedly confronted Harry earlier than the Westminster Abbey service.
“Kate knew this was the only time she could talk to Harry before he closed himself off from the family again,” a supply instructed the outlet. “After all, with so much going on between them, there was going to be zero chance at the actual ceremony.”
Certainly, all eyes had been on Harry and the way he interacted with the remainder of his royal kinfolk on the queen’s funeral. Each motion acquired dissected. Conversations, nonetheless temporary, had been analyzed by lip readers and physique language consultants.
Days earlier than the queen’s funeral, on Sept. 10, 2022, Harry and his spouse, Meghan Markle, reunited with Prince William and Kate. They checked out tributes to the late queen exterior Windsor Citadel amid crowds and cameras. Whereas it might have been a reunion of kinds, Kate later referred to as it one of many hardest issues she’s ever performed.
Kate requested Harry about betraying the royal household
The supply continued, sharing the query Kate posed to her brother-in-law earlier than the queen’s state funeral acquired underway.
“Kate never thought in a million years that Harry would hurt his own family [like] this,” they stated. “Harry and Kate were once so tight, and she can’t forget that. It feels like she also lost a brother in all this mess, and she wanted to ask Harry one very simple question: ‘Why did you betray us?’”
On the time, Netflix’s Harry & Meghan docuseries hadn’t but been launched. Neither had Harry’s memoir, Spare, wherein he shared unflattering anecdotes about Kate and different members of the family, together with his brother, the Prince of Wales, father, King Charles III, and stepmother, Queen Camilla.
Though, per the outlet, Spare was nonetheless months away from its January 2023 launch date on the time, the royal household knew it’d have accusations. Moreover, in September 2022, the bitterness between Harry and the remainder of the royal household had already reached “nuclear levels”
Harry recalled Queen Elizabeth’s funeral in Spare. Nevertheless, he made no point out of Kate’s reported query. As an alternative, he mentioned tearing up at St. George’s Chapel and never with the ability to “stop” hugging Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet when he and Meghan returned house to California.
Harry, Kate, and the royal household aren’t in a spot the place they need to discover ‘common ground’
Chatting with the outlet, Dr. Ed Owens, a royal skilled, referred to as the scenario a “classic case of conflict resolution.” Each side — Harry and the remainder of the royal household — are seemingly with no robust need to search out “common ground.” At the least for now.
“Conflict resolution requires an understanding on the part of both parties and a desire to find common ground,” Owens stated. “Unfortunately, I don’t think there’s a deep enough desire on either side to find that common ground at the moment.”
“Time is often the healer, and in terms of their finding common ground, it’s something that might happen further down the line,” he continued. “But at the moment, there doesn’t seem to be a deep enough desire to find that common ground or a desire to be understanding on both sides for there to be sort of any successful resolution.”
“What it would take is for some conciliatory force to work as a mediator between the two groups,” Owens went on. “But that’s only going to happen behind closed doors. It’s not as if there’s going to be a public conversation.”