King Charles is reportedly gearing up to extend an invitation to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for a significant royal gathering at Balmoral Castle. His aim is to mend familial ties and foster a closer relationship with his grandchildren, Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet. The 75-year-old sovereign has only seen the young royals on limited occasions and is eager to have more quality time with them.

Balmoral Castle - and the Thistle Maze in its grounds.

Since their departure from the Royal Family in 2020, Harry and Meghan have made few trips back to the UK together, bringing their children over only once for the Platinum Jubilee. Meghan has not been seen in the UK since Queen Elizabeth’s state funeral in September 2022, having chosen to skip the Coronation in May 2023.

While Harry appears willing to reconcile with his kin, especially in light of the news that King Charles and Princess Kate are contending with cancer, his spouse harbors deeper reservations.

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Renowned royal author Tom Quinn has shared his insights on the upcoming invitation from King Charles to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. According to Quinn, while King Charles will extend the customary invitation for the couple to spend part of the summer at Balmoral, he anticipates that Harry and Meghan will politely decline.

Speaking to the Mirror, Quinn explained, “King Charles will issue the traditional invitation to Harry and Meghan, but he’s well aware that they will likely make excuses and turn it down.” The tranquil 50,000-acre private estate, with its serene setting, could potentially serve as an ideal backdrop for reconciliation. However, Camilla’s apprehensions about anything that might disrupt her husband’s peaceful recovery from cancer may play a significant role in their decision.

King Charles holds Prince George, Queen Camilla sits next to Princess Charlotte. Kate Middleton holds baby Prince Archie and stands next to Prince William, who stands next to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Quinn also hinted at another potential obstacle: Prince Harry’s ongoing feud with his brother, Prince William. This lingering tension might further deter Harry from accepting the invitation to Balmoral.