THE Queen is “not in the mood” for a summit with Prince Harry and William this week as she “hates confrontation”, a royal expert has claimed.
Ingrid Seward, author of Prince Philip Revealed, said the monarch’s children have a “tough time” getting her to talk about “anything other than dogs or horses”.
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Prince Charles will lead talks on the future of the Royal Family following Philip’s death, but has made clear that William must be consulted for each stage as any significant changes will be incorporated into his son’s reign.
It came after the Prince of Wales held private talks with his two sons following Saturday’s service, which saw Harry and Will reunited face-to-face for the first time in a year.
The feuding brothers, who were “united by grief” after Philip’s death, spoke after the ceremony and were seen walking side by side away from St George’s Chapel – having been deliberately separated during the procession an hour earlier.
Ingrid Seward told The Times that any kind of family summit was unlikely to take place this week – and the Queen would not be in the right frame of mind.
She said: “His grandmother will not be in the mood.
“She hates confrontation. The children have much difficulty getting the Queen to discuss anything other than dogs or horses.
“I remember Fergie telling me it took three weeks for them to try and get her to discuss their divorce. She kept saying ‘Oh, I’ve got to take the dogs for a walk’.”
It comes as:
- Prince Harry was reunited with Will and Charles for two hours after Prince Philip’s funeral
- Prince Andrew left his father’s funeral in a new £220,000 Bentley
- Charles and William will lead talks to decide the future of the monarchy
- The Royals have agreed a rota to visit the Queen following her husband’s death
Last year, the Queen held a summit at her Sandringham estate to find a solution to Megxit after the Duke and Duchess threatened to quit as senior royals.
But discussions fell through and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle left royal life for Los Angeles in January last year.
Harry, 36, made the 5,400-mile journey back to the UK last week to ensure he could be at his grandfather Philip’s funeral.
Meghan, 39, had wanted to attend but was advised against travelling by her doctor as she is pregnant with their second child.
Harry did not walk side-by-side with his brother William during the funeral procession, with the pair were separated by Princess Anne’s son Peter Phillips.
But the conversation between the feuding brothers after the service has now sparked fresh hopes they can repair their relationship, which Harry told Oprah Winfrey had become “space” after Megxit.
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.
Harry had accused William, 38, and Charles of being “trapped” in the Royal Family in the pre-recorded chat with Oprah. Talks between the trio afterwards were said to be “unproductive”.