Harry and Wills 'back in touch' after coronavirus scare

Penny Burfitt
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

A royal expert says Prince Harry and Prince William have been mending their relationship in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The two brothers were believed to have suffered a series of major rifts in recent years, as Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle struggled to carve their own place in an already established new generation of royals, ultimately breaking away altogether.

Harry and William are said to be calling one another following Prince Charles' health scare. Photo: Getty Images

It seems distance really does make the heart grow fonder, however, as Harry and Meghan’s dramatic departure from royal life and the UK seems to have given the couples the distance they needed to bond once more.

Royal expert Katie Nicholls revealed to Entertainment Tonight that the two brothers are back in contact over the phone, and look to be setting things right.

“There have been clearly some quite major rifts in that relationship, but things have got better and I know that William and Harry are in touch on the phone,” she told the publication.

Nicholls says concern for father Prince Charles was part of the reason behind the reunion. Photo: Getty Images

It seems the pair were brought together over the fright of their father’s coronavirus diagnosis, not to mention Queen Elizabeth’s vulnerability to the disease.

“They have done video calls together, they have done a lot of family birthdays and I think with Prince Charles not being well, that really forced the brothers to pick up the phone and get back in touch,” she explained.

Charles has since made a full recovery.

Tumultuous year for Harry and Meghan

Harry and William are repairing their relationship after a perceived rift. Photo: Getty Images

The happier royal news comes after a tumultuous start to 2020, which saw Harry and Meghan sensationally step down from royal life, seemingly without the Queen’s green light.

Following a series of reportedly tense meetings, the pair left their roles on condition of relinquishing royal titles and access to royal funding.

With William and Kate in line for the throne and far more popular, what was once the ‘Fab Four’ became a group rarely seen together in public and pitted against one another.

It seems the distance has done wonders for the couple, with connection at a reported all-time high according to Nicholls, who says occasions like Archie’s first birthday have prompted plenty of virtual connection between the family.

“I am quite sure there would have been communication between the Cambridges and the Prince of Wales and I am told Harry picks up the phone regularly to his grandmother, the queen,” Nicholl says. “They had that same call on her birthday. I'm sure there was a Zoom birthday call for Archie, too.”

The news comes after the Duke of Sussex, 35, acknowledged in a new speech that “life has changed dramatically for all of us”.

Piers Morgan backtracks on criticism

UK media personality Piers Morgan also recently sensationally admitted he had overshot the mark at least slightly in his highly publicised criticism of the pair.

In an interview in today’s The Sunday Times, the Good Morning Britain host, 55, was asked whether he should have toned down his criticism of the couple both before and after they quit royal life.

The former newspaper editor admitted: “Yeah, probably. I think that’s a perfectly fair criticism.

“It’s probably not wise, if you’re a columnist, to make things too personal.

“Have I taken things a bit too far? Probably.”

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