The Royal Family is Growing “Increasingly Frustrated” That King Charles “Won’t Just Fix Things” With Prince Harry

They want the King to mend fences “for the sake of everyone.”

King Charles and Prince Harry walking in the Queen's funeral procession
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He is not only the monarch—and vis a vis, head of the Firm—but King Charles is also the head of the royal family, after the death of Queen Elizabeth in September 2022. And the family is apparently “increasingly frustrated” with the King that he “won’t just fix things” with his younger son, Prince Harry, Page Six reports.

King Charles and Prince Harry at a royal engagement

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In his new book Endgame: Inside the Royal Family and the Monarchy’s Fight for Survival, journalist Omid Scobie writes that members of the family are getting fed up with Charles’ reluctance to fully reconcile with Harry; it has been nearly four years (in January) since Harry and Meghan Markle stepped back as working members of the royal family and began forging a new life for themselves in the U.S.

And, while Harry and Meghan “have allegedly made several attempts to reconnect with their estranged family members, it seems Charles and others across the pond won’t budge,” Page Six reports. In Endgame, Scobie reports a source saying to him “It’s complex, but there’s increasing frustration from some of the wider circle of family members that Charles won’t just fix things for the sake of everyone.” 

King Charles and Prince Harry at a royal engagement

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A friend of Harry’s that Scobie spoke to claimed that he reached out to Charles to wish the family a Merry Christmas in 2022 after the King refused to make the first move: “It was an awkward conversation, but he knew if he didn’t make those first steps, there would never be any progress,” they said. “There were no raised voices, no arguments…but the King was cold and brief rather than open to any proper dialogue.” (In all fairness here, keep in mind that Christmas came just after the Harry & Meghan docuseries on Netflix and just before Spare was released on January 10.)

Scobie also wrote elsewhere in the book, per excerpts obtained by Page Six, that “both the institution and the family” were still struggling to “come to grips with [the] fact” that Harry and Meghan “have found success in their endeavors after leaving the U.K.,” the outlet reports. 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during a rare joint speech

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“I’ve watched Kensington Palace and Buckingham Palace repeatedly get worried about being upstaged and derailed by the couple and leak negative information on Harry and Meghan…during moments that could easily be focused on genuine royal news instead,” Scobie writes.

After much anticipation, Endgame is finally on shelves tomorrow. 

Rachel Burchfield
Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor

Rachel Burchfield is a writer, editor, and podcaster whose primary interests are fashion and beauty, society and culture, and, most especially, the British Royal Family and other royal families around the world. She serves as Marie Claire’s Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor and has also contributed to publications like Allure, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, People, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and W, among others. Before taking on her current role with Marie Claire, Rachel served as its Weekend Editor and later Royals Editor. She is the cohost of Podcast Royal, a show that was named a top five royal podcast by The New York Times. A voracious reader and lover of books, Rachel also hosts I’d Rather Be Reading, which spotlights the best current nonfiction books hitting the market and interviews the authors of them. Rachel frequently appears as a media commentator, and she or her work has appeared on outlets like NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, CNN, and more.