Harry will ‘never end family rift’ while he’s ‘under Meghan’s thumb’ expert says

Prince Harry will "never end his family rift" as long as he's "under Meghan Markle's thumb", a royal expert has claimed.

The Duke, 36, is returning to the UK for just the second time since moving his family to the US to attend the unveiling of his mother Princess Diana's statue at Kensington Palace.

But the ongoing tension in the family looks set to overshadow the event on Thursday.

Royal author Hugo Vickers said that Harry had "thrown in his lot with his wife" and "slagging off his family" has not helped.

He said: "The story will not be the actual unveiling of the statue but of the two boys together, that's what everyone will be focusing on."

Mr Vickers claims it is unlikely there will be a reconciliation because Harry "is so under the thumb of Meghan it is not really possible until he emerges from that".

On the chances of a peace offering, he added: "I don't know what they can do under the present circumstances.

"Harry has got to wake up to what's going on. It's a very unpleasant situation and I don't think it's going to be the right moment this week."

A representative of Meghan and Harry has been contacted for comment.

Harry and his brother Prince William will be hosting the event at Kensington Palace's Sunken Garden to mark the unveiling of the statue on what would have been their mother's 60th birthday.

Meghan, who has recently given birth to the couple's second child Lilibet Diana, will not be joining her husband in the UK.

The warring brothers met for the first time in a year at Prince Philip's funeral in April.

While William's wife Kate Middleton reportedly tried to act as peacemaker between the brothers at the funeral, Mr Vickers thinks it is unlikely there will be a reconciliation this time around because "Harry has to return to his wife in Los Angeles".

Royal author and commentator Richard Fitzwilliams agreed that a cooling of the tension between the princes "doesn't look hopeful".

He said the situation has not been helped by recent interviews Harry has conducted which have been critical of the Royal Family, including the explosive tell-all chat with Oprah Winfrey.

Richard said: "I think they will appear publicly mutually supportive.

"But with Harry's recent interviews and with so many rumours circulating, things need to become a lot calmer."

The guest list for Diana's statue unveiling has been scaled back and Kate Middleton may not attend.

It has also been suggested that Prince Charles will be absent to avoid "old wounds resurfacing".

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