Prince Harry is being “punished” after taking King Charles III’s most-recent olive branch and “snapping it in half”, according to one royal expert.
Relations between the Duke of Sussex and the Royal Family are said to still be “at rock bottom”, with these likely not to be healed any time soon.
Last year, King Charles offered an olive branch to his youngest son and daughter-in-law, seemingly stating his love for them in his first address as monarch.
Following this, the King and Queen Camilla were said to be “furious” over Harry’s claims in his tell-all memoir, which was released back in January.
According to royal expert Duncan Larcombe: “Harry has said some deeply hurtful things about Camilla, and yet the King will still correspond with his son, albeit not directly.”
Speaking to The Sun, he added: “It’s remarkable really, because when Charles became King he said he loved Harry and Meghan which was a huge olive branch – which Harry then took, snapped in half and then hit him with it.”
Despite this olive branch, the expert claimed that the King is still subtly “punishing” his younger son with how he can communicate with him.
He said: “It appears that King Charles’s approach towards Harry now is business as usual – ‘if you want to see me you need to make an appointment’.
“Harry will have to get past the grey suits and jump through hoops to talk to his father. It’s very standoffish but I think that’s a way that the King is subtly punishing his son.”
The Duke of Sussex made a speedy trip to London last month, where he attended the WellChild Awards.
The visit was made without Meghan Markle in tow, with the Duke making a stop in Windsor to mark the first anniversary of the late Queen’s death on September 8.
The Duke then travelled to Germany to begin the week-long Invictus Games, with Meghan meeting him there a few days into the event.
This news comes as it has emerged that healing the feud with Harry is not a top priority for the King.
Some experts believe Charles should take the lead and heal the rift, but a friend of the monarch explained there is no rush to do so.
Speaking to the Daily Beast, the friend said: “The Harry issue doesn’t have to be sorted out immediately but it will be sorted out eventually.
“Charles loves Harry but his priority is to fulfil his duty as King and not let his mother down. That means constitutional considerations have to come first.”