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As King Charles looks to the future of the British monarchy, the chances of him offering Meghan Markle and Prince Harry another shot at joining the royal family seem slim.
“The King’s message in his first speech was clear – he loves Meghan and Harry – but it was also clear that they chose a different life,” True Royalty TV co-founder Nick Bullen told Fox News. Digital. “They chose to develop their lives overseas, in the United States. He recognized that. His olive branch was simply, ‘I love you, you really are a member of the royal family,’ as The Queen said so many years ago. But it’s also clear: ‘You’ve made up your mind about what you want to do, and I’m with you on that, but it’s your decision.'”
“I don’t think he will encourage them to join the working royals,” Bullen continued. “As you know, Harry and Meghan have made it clear that it’s not a role they want. So I think the olive branch is a family olive branch. It’s not a family olive branch. olive tree to join the royal family.”
Bullen is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who has produced programs on the British Royal Family for 20 years and has worked closely with King Charles for around a decade.
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Bullen claims Charles, 73, was heartbroken by the way things have gone with the Sussexes over the years.
“The King was incredibly welcoming to Meghan when she arrived on the scene,” Bullen explained. “The King adores his sons and in particular, he wanted Harry to be happy. And he could see how happy Meghan was to make Harry. So that made the King happy. And by the way, it also made Camilla very happy. “She was very welcoming to Meghan too. The whole family went out of their way to include her in their circle. The King walked Meghan down the aisle when she married Harry. And that’s something he gave away. when Thomas Markle couldn’t attend the wedding. So I think they’re all very sad that it didn’t work out. They’re very sad that the Sussexes live on the other side of the world. And I think that Charles is sad not to see his grandchildren as much as he would Like.”
“Moments like what we saw when they all came together for the Queen’s funeral must have heightened that sadness,” Bullen continued. “It’s in those moments when you realize where the faults are and how things have been broken. I think the king, more than anyone, wants the family to come together. There’s a sadness that the family doesn’t work. not in the way he would like.”
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Royal expert Shannon Felton Spence told Fox News Digital that after the Queen passed away she wondered if the Sussexes would find a way to heal the cracks.
“I hope his passing has allowed a thaw between them and the king,” she said. “But once they get back to their lives in California, the distance could start again. Not to mention that Harry [upcoming] The memoirs are allegedly very unflattering about Camilla, and she is now Queen Consort, the King’s ‘darling wife’ and his closest and most trusted adviser.”
“I think King has been outstanding,” Bullen said. “His address to the nation was impeccable. It was absolutely perfect. And you know, the way he and the rest of the royal family have acted throughout this period has been nothing short of a class of master on how to exemplify the queen. work in terms of duty and service. He is now at Balmoral [where the queen passed] to have a moment of calm, to reflect and to collect one’s thoughts. It supports the nation, guides the nation and welcomes world leaders from all over the world. But now he needs his private time to grieve. He needs this time to reflect on this loss. Until now, he had to share his grief with the rest of the world.”
“The Queen Consort has spent 17 years in the service of the Crown, she is a good and loving wife to the King,” said Felton Spence. “The marital drama [involving Princess Diana] is well 30 years in the past in the public eye. They have since turned on Camilla. But not for Harry, of course, because it was terrible for his late mother. It’s understandable. The enduring love of a son. The question is whether his father would tolerate another public blow from him.”
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After the Queen’s state funeral, Charles flew to Balmoral in Scotland to privately mourn the loss of his mother. Queen Elizabeth died on September 8 at the age of 96.
Bullen said that over the years he had witnessed how Charles would make a great king. But there is one memory that is close to his heart.
“I’ve been lucky enough to work with the king on many occasions and spend a lot of time with him,” he said. “But there was a time when we were doing a documentary on the 40th anniversary of the Prince’s Trust. It has been his life’s work as Prince of Wales, and he has made a huge difference to disadvantaged young people here in the Kingdom. United and across the world.” As he got older, he wanted to know how he could connect with younger audiences. And he wanted this documentary to do that. He told me about presenters we could bring in, ones that would appeal to a younger generation. And he knew very well who we had to pursue and why.”
“Listening to him, I was just like, ‘Wow, this guy is so hip,'” Bullen explained. “‘He knows exactly what he’s doing. He knows how to reach an audience, how to engage with a younger generation. And remember, he was probably in his 60s at the time. He was pretty much the same many times we’ve worked together, but that’s when I first noticed that he understood how to reach people and what he needed to do to get there. you saw him well in his first speech as king. He is devoted to his family, to his duty and to his service. And he wants to make an impact on the world stage.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s departures from royal duties began in 2020 over what they described as British media’s intrusions and racist attitudes towards the former ‘Suits’ star. The family now resides in the coastal town of Montecito, California with their two children.
Ashley Papa of Fox News Digital and the Associated Press contributed to this report.