The insider said that the Duke of Sussex was not invited to a dinner with King Charles III, which took place on the night of the Queen’s death. They said that there was a “clear divide” between the absentee and those present. Speaking to Daily Mail commentator Richard Kay, the source said: “Two dinners were being hosted on the royal estate that night and there was a clear divide: One was for the new king and his heir, the other was for the rest of the family.”
The Balmoral Estate meeting followed the Sussexes joining William and Kate for a walkabout at Windsor to meet with well-wishers and look at floral tributes to the Queen outside the castle.
A royal source said William, who has since been made Prince of Wales, “thought it was an important show of unity at an incredibly difficult time for the family.”
The Sussexes’ biographer Omid Scobie tweeted that William had made the decision to invite Harry and Meghan “in the eleventh hour”.
All four royals took bunches of flowers to contribute to the tributes and shook hands with people who had come out to meet them.
“We thought even though they were living so close at Windsor the once inseparable brothers were very far apart.”
He added: “The Queen always said the Sussexes were ‘much-loved members’ of the royal family.
“They had to step down and felt publicly bitter.
“King Charles sent them his love in his moving address. Now we see real progress.
“Will Harry participate actively in the forthcoming ceremonies to honour his beloved late grandmother? This seems very possible now.”
Rumours of a rift between Prince Harry and Prince William have been circling for years, but they have grown since Harry said there was “space” between himself and his brother in his interview with Oprah last year.
And on a trip to South Africa the previous October, Harry said he and William were on “different paths at the moment”.
But he added: “I will always be there for him as I know he will always be there for me.”