One of the authors of a biography of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has revealed personal relationships between Harry and other royals have improved since the couple stepped back from being senior royals.
But Omid Scobie, who co-wrote Finding Freedom alongside Carolyn Durand, said he did not think it would be enough for the Sussexes to return to the royal fold.
The book was released in August and was seen as setting the record straight on many of the reports about the couple.
“Personal relationships have definitely improved – there is a warmth there that wasn’t there before,” Omid said in a streamed interview about the book with CNN’s Max Foster.
“They aren’t veering that dramatically from the work of the royal family, they are doing it in their way,” he added in relation to their not-for-profit charity Archewell, their Netflix deal and podcast.
“It would always be easy for them to slot back into a royal engagement, but I think that’s very unlikely.
“They are looking forward rather than back.”
Earlier this week it was reported that Harry and William may have mended their relationship this Christmas.
It was suggested the brothers have exchanged gifts between their families in what some are calling a Christmas 'truce'.
Harry and wife Meghan sent gifts to William, Kate Middleton and their children Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two.
Meghan even reportedly used her calligraphy skills to write messages for the three children.
Royal biographer Andrew Morton also claimed William and Kate had sent the couple and son Archie gifts in return.
Author Carolyn Durand revealed in the interview she believes the couple ultimately left their roles because of their son.
“Ultimately it was about their son, Archie. They felt that things were moving in a different direction, I’m not saying anything they haven’t said themselves, but everything they do they do for their son,” she told CNN.
“Harry has difficult memories of what happened to his mother and he saw what was happening with the coverage.
“I know for a fact Harry was very torn. He is a decorated military man, he loves his country, but this is something he did for his family and what he thought would be best.”
They agreed that Harry and Meghan had been particularly hurt by the decision to strip the duke of his military honours. At one of his final appearances in the UK, he received a standing ovation from veterans at the Royal Albert Hall – something Omid said gave him confidence.
Of their future in production, with deals signed with Netflix and Spotify, Carolyn said Harry was “one of the most sophisticated people in terms of his understanding of the media”.
She added: “He is very interested in the news, in issues that are important to him, and in using his voice to make a difference.
“He did that with the Invictus games – we are going to see the couple get more involved, and [being a] producer is a natural role for Harry.
“He’s been working on a project with Oprah, one of most revered women in world, and I think we will see other projects in future that will show their brand.”
Harry and Meghan, who now live in California, confirmed they will be releasing a Christmas special of their new podcast ahead of the full series in the new year.
Additional reporting by Rebecca Taylor.
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