According to the MailOnline’s columnist Dan Wootton, Prince Charles has left for his cottage in Wales to privately grieve the loss of his father following Prince Philip’s funeral on Saturday.
He reportedly departed following a face-to-face meeting within the grounds of Windsor Castle with his two sons, where they made ‘baby steps’ towards a reconciliation following Harry and Meghan’s Oprah Winfrey interview. Wootton reports that the Prince of Wales and Prince William met with Prince Harry together, so that words could not be misconstrued.
A royal insider told Wootton: ‘Obviously after the worldwide fallout of the Oprah interview trust has to be rebuilt. There was no official wake after the funeral, but Charles, William and Harry took the opportunity to speak and catch-up face to face after many months apart. They were only able to spend a short time together outdoors given Covid restrictions and also without staff, including senior courtiers, overhearing what was being said. It was important to Charles and William that they were both there together. It means nothing spoken about can be misconstrued in the future.’
The Duchess of Cambridge also reportedly attended parts of the talks, some of which took place at Frogmore Cottage, Harry’s home within the grounds of Windsor Castle, according to the Sun. A spokesman for neither Kensington Palace nor Clarence House was able to comment on the meeting.
It remains unclear whether Harry will still be in the county by the time of his grandmother’s 95th birthday, on Wednesday 21 April, which will be a toned down affair.
Given all that has gone on, it is understood that Charles needed to contemplate on a solitary basis at his Welsh hideaway, a converted farmhouse in the Brecon Beacons. It is believed the Duchess of Cornwall has remained in London, where she is continuing with private commitments after announcing that she will be devoting the next month of her reading room book club to Prince Philip (‘in memory of a great fellow reader’).
Wootton’s source said: ‘Charles felt he wanted to reflect alone. He also wants to attend to the thousands of letters sent to him in condolence of his father’s death. He is acutely aware that this is a hugely significant moment in his life and he feels like he has the weight of the world of his shoulders. All his life he has been heir to throne, but Prince Philip was the patriarch of the family. Overnight that’s changed, and it’s impacted him both professionally and personally. He needs time to think and contemplate the future of the Royal Family after what was a very difficult week.’
Charles reportedly usually spends a week in Llwynywermod every July and it is a perfect location for him to seek solace. He previously revealed it took ‘a long search lasting some 40 years’ to find the property, which he believes is ‘very important’. The fully sustainable three-bedroom property has been Charles and Camilla’s country retreat in Wales since March 2007 with its own organic farm.
The Telegraph reported yesterday that ‘in weeks’ a summit would be held by Prince Charles and William on the future of the monarchy following Prince Philip’s death.
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