Palace silence shows true difference between Firm and Sussexes, says expert

Despite private efforts from Prince Charles to heal the rift between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the rest of the Royal Family, the gulf between them remains.

Buckingham Palace is refusing to be drawn into the war of words surrounding Harry and Meghan in the latest of a string of controversies since their interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Toya Holness, a spokesperson for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, has told reporters that Her Majesty was “the first family member” the Duke called after Lilibet’s birth, but commentators say that a rift still remains between the Sussexes and Buckingham Palace.

It comes as Harry and Meghan’s lawyers take on the BBC report alleging a recent claim was “false and defamatory" and should not be repeated.

However, according to the Daily Telegraph’s royal expert Camilla Tominey, the palace’s lack of comment about the BBC claim “speaks volumes about the ongoing disconnect between the institution and the Sussexes’ stateside operation”.

She says Palace officials’ frustration is part of “a wider annoyance over the couple’s departure from the royal inner circle.

Harry and Meghan’s clash with the BBC comes just a few weeks after Lord Dyson’s report into the 1995 Panorama interview with Harry’s mother Diana, Princess of Wales that concluded interviewer Martin Bashir used “deceitful behaviour” to land the world exclusive.

Beyond their feud with the BBC, Harry and Meghan have taken great care to direct any criticism at the institution of the monarchy in general, and made only supportive comments about Her Majesty herself as she draws towards her Platinum Jubilee year.

But courtiers have been keen to point out that as head of both the Royal family, and the Commonwealth, the Queen cannot be separated from the monarchy.

Prince Charles is reportedly in regular contact with his younger son, and sources say that the arrival of Lilibet Diana might already have helped to heal the divide between the traditional receiver of The Firm and the young couple trying to find a new way of being royal.

But with the Duke and Duchess looking to remain in California for the foreseeable future and a quiet war being fought behind the scenes with sources from both camps issuing statements designed to maintain the distance between the Sussexes and the rest of the royals, the break between Harry and his family is likely to remain un-bridged.

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