Prince Harry's 'olive branch' to royal family ahead of UK trip

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Prince Harry is set to reunite with brother Prince William on July 1 when they unveil a memorial for their mother Princess Diana on what would have been her 60th birthday.

It will be the second visit to the UK for the Duke of Sussex after his bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, but it seems he may try to diffuse the situation between the family with this trip.

Prince Harry and Prince William
A royal expert has revealed the 'olive branch' Prince Harry may be extending to the royal family as he prepares for his second visit to the UK. Photo: Getty

Royal expert Duncan Larcombe told Closer Magazine, "From what I've heard from reliable royal sources, Harry will return for his mother's statue unveiling. He's thought to be planning on staying at Frogmore [his former home with Meghan], and he'll obviously have to quarantine."

"But he won't be alone - there's strong reason to believe that Archie will be with him. I think Archie coming would be a great diffuser of the situation. And the decision to bring him could be the very first sign of guilt from Harry," the writer added.

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He said bringing Archie back would be an "olive branch" that Harry is "looking to call a truce over what's happened". 

It comes after Robert Lacey, historical consultant for Netflix's The Crown, said Harry and Meghan's explosive interviews about the royal family "remain a problem", despite the royal family hoping the Oprah interview would mark a "fresh start". 

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and baby Archie
Royal expert Duncan Larcombe believes Harry will be bringing Archie with him for his second trip to the UK. Photo: Getty

"I think the feeling was when it came to the Oprah interview, that – ghastly though it was with all these family revelations being aired – that was it, and that was a sort of fresh start, and then suddenly the family discover that, well actually, their friend Gayle King has more to say, then Oprah says some more, and the feeling was, you can’t have a serious family negotiation if it’s going to be talked about on American television the day afterwards," he said on Good Morning Britain.

The couple was recently slammed after it came to light they rejected the offer for Archie to inherit Harry's title of 'Earl of Dumbarton' as it had the word 'dumb' in it.

Earl of Dumbarton is one of the three titles that Prince Harry holds, as well as Duke of Sussex and Baron Kilkeel in Northern Ireland.

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Oprah Winfrey
The couple's infamous interview with Oprah Winfrey left the royal family shocked. Photo: CBS

The title, which is of Scottish nobility, was created in 1675 for Lord George Douglas and became extinct in 1749 when there was no longer a male heir.

However, Queen Elizabeth II decided to bring back the title in 2018 for Prince Harry’s wedding as part of the Peerage of the United Kingdom.

Archie Mountbatten-Windsor would’ve naturally inherited the title upon Harry’s death, had his parents not declined the use of it.

Royal author Phil Dampier told The Sun Online, "Turning down the title because it had the word ‘dumb’ in it shows the fundamental lack of knowledge that Meghan has about royalty and British history.

"To reject using it for this reason is dumb itself, you can’t just alter or dismiss ancient titles when it suits you.

"It shows how much Harry and Meghan care about their image and want to control every aspect of their lives and how they are perceived by the public, particularly in the US, where their future lies."

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