Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have sent their nieces and nephews, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, Christmas presents in the post as they won’t get to see them on the big day.
The couple will spend December 25 with their son Archie in LA, the family’s first in their new home, and in a change of tradition the Cambridges won’t see the rest of the royals this year in line with Covid-19 advice.
According to royal expert Katie Nicholl, relations between Harry and William are improving and the families will catch up virtually over the holiday.
Speaking on True Royalty TV’s The Royal Beat, she said: “I think it’s no secret that there were great tensions and great difficulties in the relationship.
“There was an unbreakable bond between them and they were so close.
“I don’t think they will ever be close the way that they were, but there has been nine months now since Megxit. I think relations are better between them.
“I know they are in touch, they do talk. Harry has sent over a load of Christmas presents for the Cambridge children.
“They will Zoom, they will chat over the holidays.
“There is contact, there is friendly contact. But it’s not what it was.”
Katie claims that it was Prince Charles’s Covid-19 diagnosis that brought them back together.
She explained: “Harry was obviously desperately worried about his father and feeling miles away in LA.
“He needed that connection back home. That was the ice breaker.”
In the episode they also discuss Meghan and Harry’s decision to quit the royal family as they look back over the Firm’s 2020.
Former Press Secretary Dickie Arbiter tells the programme: “Their [Meghan and Harry’s] world was their oyster and they blew it. They literally blew it, they had everything [but] I don’t think everything was what Meghan wanted.
“Harry was the spare and the Cambridges are the heirs. He accepted his role, he was always born to that.
“Until Meghan came along and she could not accept that. She couldn’t accept being in the second row. Quite frankly, Harry’s biggest mistake was leaving the army. He should have never left.”