Oprah Winfrey is still holding out hope that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be able to reconcile with the rest of the royal family as they reunite to mourn the death of Queen Elizabeth.
In an interview with Extra on Monday about her new documentary on Sidney Poitier debuting at the Toronto Film Festival, the talk show host was asked if about the possibility of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex restoring their relationship with the other royals after seeing the photos of them altogether over the weekend. “Well, this is what I think, I think in all families—you know, my father passed recently, this summer—and when all families come together for a common ceremony, the ritual of, you know, burying your dead, there’s an opportunity for peacemaking…And hopefully, there will be that,” Winfrey said. She, of course, discussed much of what caused that fallout within the royal family with Meghan and Harry directly during their bombshell sit-down interview in March 2021.
Prior to the monarch’s passing, both Harry and Meghan were visiting the UK on a planned trip in support of a number of charities they’ve long been patrons of, including One Young World and the Invictus Games. Last Thursday, upon hearing that Queen Elizabeth was in increasingly poor health, Harry rushed from Frogmore Cottage—the couple’s former home on the Windsor estate—to be by his grandmother’s side at Balmoral in Scotland. However, he didn’t arrive until after the queen’s death had already been announced. He and Meghan are now planning to stay in the UK until September 19 in order to attend the queen’s funeral. Over the weekend, it also seemed like relations between Harry and his brother Prince William were beginning to warm up after the Prince of Wales and his wife Kate Middleton reportedly invited the Sussexes to join them in greeting the thousands of mourners gathered outside Windsor Castle. This occasion marked the first time they’ve all appeared in public together since Commonwealth Day in March 2020. “We are all very grateful—both sides putting all things aside for the Queen,” a royal source told Page Six.
On Monday, Harry released a statement about his late grandmother, posting a tribute to the monarch on his and Meghan’s Archewell website. “In celebrating the life of my grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen—and in mourning her loss—we are all reminded of the guiding compass she was to so many in her commitment to service and duty,” it read. “She was globally admired and respected. Her unwavering grace and dignity remained true throughout her life and now her everlasting legacy.” The royal went on to share, “Granny, while this final parting brings us great sadness, I am forever grateful for all of our first meetings—from my earliest childhood memories with you, to meeting you for the first time as my Commander-in-Chief, to the first moment you met my darling wife and hugged your beloved great-grandchildren. I cherish these times shared with you, and the many other special moments in between. You are already sorely missed, not just by us, but by the world over. And as it comes to first meetings, we now honor my father in his new role as King Charles III.” Harry concluded, “Thank you for your commitment to service. Thank you for your sound advice. Thank you for your infectious smile. We, too, smile knowing that you and grandpa are reunited now, and both together in peace.”
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