Harry and Meghan could have stayed active royals if family did more – expert

A royal expert believes that Prince Harry and Meghan could have remained active members of the firm if the Royal Family handled things better.

Commentator Peter Hunt said the institution "could have done more" to stop the Sussexes from being "jettisoned" from the firm, in an interview with LBC.

It comes after the pair decided to step back from their royal roles and leave the UK for a quieter life in the US.

But Harry and Meghan soon caused controversy after a bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey which saw the couple make several accusations against the firm, reports Express Online.

The royal commentator claims that their rough departure created a "binary" split between supporters of the Sussexes and other members of the Royal Family.

Mr Hunt said: "Either you are pro-Harry or pro-William and there doesn’t seem to be much room where you could navigate a path through whereby you can accept there may have been fault on both sides, where they could have reached different accommodation.

"And I do think history will judge that the institution could have done more not to jettison them in the way that they are now jettisoned."

Host Eddie Mair asked: "Sometimes when regular families have a dispute between siblings, it's been forced to a parent to heal the wounds or knocks heads together, whatever's required, I wonder Prince Charles possible role?"

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Mr Hunt replied: "I don’t think he has one at the moment. I think that's part of the tragedy.

"As you rightly say, lots of families go through this, they just don’t have the misfortune of going through it discussed by people like you and in detail and in many other places but I do think he does have a role and I think it’s clear he has a pretty bad split between him and his son Harry."

Harry's upcoming memoir has also been tipped to cause potential new problems for the Royal Family and cause further tension with the Prince of Wales.

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Speculation about Prince Harry's relationship with Prince Charles arose after the Duke of Sussex claimed his father had not been responding to his calls since his departure from the Royal Family in March 2020.

The Duke of Sussex also claimed on the chat show that he had been cut off "financially" from the Firm.

But records released after the interview showed Prince Charles had given the couple £2million at the end of the financial year 2020-2021.

A source close to the Prince of Wales said: "He was aggrieved by the idea that he was some kind of tight-wad.

"Not only had he paid a huge amount for the cost of the wedding, but he also had provided the couple with a substantial sum of money to help them become financially independent."

The Palace has been contacted for comment.

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