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Prince Charles ‘will look to William to lead talks with Harry to heal rift after Megxit’

PRINCE Charles will look to William to lead talks with Harry to heal the family’s rift after Megxit, it is claimed. 

The Prince of Wales reportedly expects the Duke of Cambridge to “take the lead” in upcoming crunch talks with Harry in a bid to save their relationship.

Prince Harry and Will joined dad Charles on Saturday for the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral in their first meeting since the explosive Oprah interview in March - which threatened to tear the family apart. 

On Saturday millions watching on TV saw William and Harry speaking to each other as they walked side by side away from St George’s Chapel - having been deliberately kept apart during the procession an hour earlier.

The feuding brothers, who were “united by grief” after Philip’s death, spent two hours together after the ceremony. 

Following the televised service, Charles held private talks with his warring sons away from the cameras - sparking hopes that their devastating rift could be healed. 

It is inevitable that Charles will look to William to take the lead in this

Richard Kay

According to journalist Richard Kay, Charles will look to Will to lead any attempts at reconciliation.

He wrote in the Daily Mail: “Although Harry is understood to have an open return air ticket – meaning he could travel at any time – he is anxious to return to America to be with Meghan, who is thought to be seven months pregnant with their second child.

“It is inevitable that Charles will look to William to take the lead in this.

“The one hope is a date in the calendar both princes have – the unveiling of the statue of their mother on what would have been her 60th birthday on July 1.”

It comes as:

Harry, 36, made the 5,400 mile journey back to the UK last week to ensure he could be at his grandfather’s funeral. 

Meghan Markle, 39, had wanted to attend but was advised against travelling by her doctor as she is pregnant with their second child. 

The Duke of Sussex may now stay on for the Queen’s 95th birthday this Wednesday.

He has also said he will join his older brother for the unveiling of Princess Diana’s memorial statue at Kensington Palace.

The talks come amid hope that the family can reconcile following bombshell allegations made by Harry and Meghan during their Oprah interview.

Harry had accused William, 38, and Charles of being “trapped” in the Royal Family in the pre­recorded chat. Talks between the trio afterwards were said to be "unproductive".

It comes as Prince Charles and William are expected to lead a summit to decide the future of the monarchy following the death of Prince Philip.

Charles and William, with the assistance of the Queen, will decide on which members of the family will retain senior royal roles and what they should do.

Prince Philip’s death also leaves vacant the hundreds of patronages he was responsible for.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s decision to move to California and step back from royal life is also thought to have prompted the meeting. 

A source told The Telegraph: “The question is whether you start off by deciding how many patronages and engagements there should be, and then work out how many people are needed to achieve them, or whether you decide how many people there should be, which will dictate how many engagements and patronages they can take on.”

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