Prince Harry says reconciliation with the royal family was one of the queen’s best wishes

Queen Elizabeth’s hopes were that the strained relationship would never be eased within the royal family.

In this week’s PEOPLE cover story, historian Robert Hardman says the late monarch hoped his grandson, Prince Harry, could mend relations with his father, Charles III, and brother, Prince William. .

“The Queen loved Harry to the end, and Harry loved her.” A Queen of Our Time: The Life of Elizabeth II It talks about the special bond Harry and his grandmother shared. “I think she was one of the conduits between Windsor and California. It would have been one of her heartiest wishes for them to fix things.”

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Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, have been estranged from the rest of their family in recent years. Live in California.

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Prince Harry, 38, and Meghan Markle, 41, were in Europe on a series of charity visits when Queen Elizabeth died “peacefully” at Balmoral Castle in Scotland at the age of 96. The California couple remained in the UK for the next two weeks for the Queen’s funeral events and returned to the US after her funeral.

Now, those close to King Camilla and the Queen hope that Princes William and Harry will reconcile for the sake of their new reign, even if they can’t save their family ties.

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“In particular, you would think that the whole family would band together and support the King,” a source close to King Charles told PEOPLE. It would have been Queen Elizabeth’s dying wish.

“She knew strife was part of life and held no grudges. Most of all, she wanted to see her family happy,” the insider added.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.
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Samantha Cohen, the Queen’s former assistant secretary, attended Queen Elizabeth’s devotional service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle on Monday. She told PEOPLE when the gravity of grief finally struck said the royal family “looked tired”.

“It was a shock, but now it’s a reality. And the real mourning begins,” Cohen says.

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