‘Harry has a big role to play… but he needs to ditch the book’: Ex-Vanity Fair editor Tina Brown urges Duke to seize on feeling of unity after Queen’s death but warns there will be ‘no trust’ unless he gives up memoir
Prince Harry ‘has a big role to play’ in the Royal Family but needs to ‘ditch’ his upcoming memoir to regain his relatives’ trust, Tina Brown said today.
The former Vanity Fair editor suggested the freeze in hostilities between the Duke of Sussex and his brother, the Prince of Wales, made it a good time to build bridges if he wanted to become more involved.
She told Lorraine: ‘This is an incredible moment to be used. The country loved that feeling of unity and seeing the brothers back together, it was a beautiful sight.
‘But unless he gives up his book and the tell-all documentaries and interviews then there can be no trust. I think if he does that there can be a way.
‘The Royal Family needs him and there’s a lot of work to be done. Kate doesn’t want to be travelling the world, she’s the mother of three children.
‘They have to somehow divvy this stuff up and Harry has a big role to play if he wants to. And if Meghan wants to, because of course she hated every bit of it.’
Harry and Meghan side by side as they leave Westminster Abbey yesterday afternoon
Brown suggested the Sussexes could spend ‘four or five months’ in California and the rest on royal duties.
She continued: ‘The question is whether they’ve each got the give to do it, because as we know family rancour can go very deep.
‘If Harry doesn’t want to bin the book then I can’t see a way forward.’
Brown went on to suggest that the Sussexes would have far more potential to ‘do good’ within the Royal Family than outside it.
‘Diana always knew that it was being inside that gave her the power,’ she said. ‘When she shook hands with the Aids patient she did that as Princess of Wales, and it was bringing the lustre of the monarchy to the moment that made that gesture go around the world.’
Harry and Meghan stayed in the UK last night after reuniting with the royals to mourn the Queen but are expected to leave for California ‘as soon as they can’ after not seeing Archie and Lilibet for nearly three weeks.
The Sussexes arrived in Britain on September 3 for the first time since the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June. They expected to stay only briefly but with the news Her Majesty was ill Prince Harry cancelled his appearance at the WellChild Awards in London and rushed to Balmoral.
Although the Duchess of Sussex did not join him in Scotland, she was by his side for a series of official events over the 10-day period of mourning, including the funeral yesterday.
The Sussexes arrived in Britain on September 3 for the first time since the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June. Pictured: They are directed to their seats by the Prince and Princess of Wales in St George’s Chapel yesterday
The Sussexes were placed on the second row at the Abbey, and Harry was prevented from wearing his military uniform due to no longer being a senior royal
The Sussexes were reported at the weekend to be planning to fly back to the US as soon as they could, although informed sources last night told The Times that the couple were still in the UK.
Harry was seen puffing his cheeks yesterday evening as he got into a car with Meghan following an emotional day which saw Queen Elizabeth II finally laid to rest with her beloved husband Prince Philip.
The Duke of Sussex and other royals, including King Charles III and the Queen Consort, Camilla, were pictured leaving St George’s Chapel in Windsor yesterday afternoon after a moving committal service for the late monarch.
In what was the longest of days for the royal family, relatives of the Queen went back to Windsor Castle for some rest before returning to St George’s Chapel for a private burial service later that night.
There they witnessed Her Majesty being buried with the Duke of Edinburgh in a service conducted by the Dean of Windsor in the The King George VI Memorial Chapel.
It was one of the only parts of yesterday that was not televised, with billions of people around the world thought to have seen some part of the processions and services in honour of Her Majesty.
The Duchess of Sussex was visibly emotional during the state funeral and burial of her husband’s grandmother in London yesterday
At the start of the day members of the Royal Family – including Prince George, nine, and Princess Charlotte, seven, and thousands of world leaders and foreign dignitaries congregated at Westminster Abbey for the late monarch’s funeral service.
Harry was visibly emotional during the procession and inside the church, as was Meghan, who was seen wiping away tears at the ceremony.
The Sussexes were placed on the second row at the Abbey, and Harry was prevented from wearing his military uniform or saluting as the Queen’s coffin passed the Cenotaph during the procession before the service due to no longer being a senior royal.
Prince Harry was seen exhaling as he entered a car with Meghan after the Queen’s committal service at Windsor yesterday afternoon
On September 10, the couple were invited to join the Prince and Princess of Wales to inspect floral tributes outside Windsor Castle
The week saw several rare displays of public unity between the royal family and Harry and Meghan.
On September 10, the couple were invited to join the Prince and Princess of Wales to inspect floral tributes outside Windsor Castle, while yesterday William was seen appearing to direct Harry and Meghan to their seats during the later service at St George’s Chapel.
But onlookers noted the lack of warmth or eye contact between the two brothers.
Yesterday, Harry was seen walking solemnly on the grass outside St George’s Chapel in Windsor ahead of the Queen’s committal service, and speaking with his aunt Princess Anne and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence.
The Sussexes have not seen their children, Archie, three, and Lilibet, one, for nearly three weeks
At the service Her Majesty was laid to rest with Prince Philip, along with her husband, father, mother and sister as her 70-year reign came to an end with the removal of her crown, orb and sceptre from her coffin.
Her eldest son and the new monarch, King Charles III, looked deeply moved as his mother’s remains descended on a day where he appeared tearful on a number of occasions as he said goodbye to his mother, the 12th British monarch to be buried at Windsor.
A smaller, more private burial service took place last night, with the Queen’s family finally given the chance to pay their respects and mourn her passing away from the public’s gaze.