ChicMe WW

Royal expert's verdict on whether Harry will actually come back to royal family

By Madhurima Haque|

P?rince Harry's recent comments about reconciliation have sparked renewed hope he may be welcomed back into the royal family. But of course, there may be barriers to this vision actually being realised, says one royal expert.

When Harry and his then future-wife Meghan Markle, now Duchess of Sussex, first wanted to leave their roles as senior working royals, ?he was strictly told by the late Queen Elizabeth there was no question of him being "half-in, half-out" of the royal family.

But royal expert Jennie Bond says it may have been too harsh of a line to draw for the royal family, especially since they are now running low on members of their slimmed-down monarchy to step up to the plate.

Watch the video above?

READ MORE: William blocking Harry from royal return over Kate 'insult'

There is one barrier to Harry coming back to the royal family. (AP)

?In an interview with The Times Radio, the former royal correspondent for the ABC said, "I don't think [Harry] wants back full-time at all.

"Personally I've always held the view that I think that the late Queen and the palace were quite harsh when they put down this this red line: 'You can't be half-in, half-out'.

"I think in a modern, evolving monarchy perhaps a way could have been found to incorporate what they wanted which which was, we thought, some privacy at least not always being on show with the royal role."

READ MORE: 'Kids cannot control themselves': Airline lounge question sparks fierce debate

The Sussexes were given an ultimatum when they left the royal family. (Samir Hussein/WireImage)

But the financial side of things became what complicated the matter, she said.

"What became so tricky and mired the whole thing was that they wanted to be financially independent and that means being commercial, and that means conflict of interests."

When asked whether it was too late for the palace to remove that hard and fast rule, she said it wasn't, if not for one variable ¨C William.

"William's word wields great influence and power, as it should, he's the heir to the throne. And I'm afraid all that's gone on between that decision of the late Queen that Harry can't be half-in, half-out all that's going on... the insults, the allegations, the accusations, the hurt, the pain, the rift is too deep now between William and Harry."

READ MORE: The Western Sydney venue so good, Taylor Swift visited two days in a row

Some suggest that the brothers were not as close growing up as the world thought they were. (Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)

She also commented on the rumours now that William and Harry, despite seeming very close growing up, were never so close to begin with?.

Bond shut down the gossip, saying, "I think if you watch any siblings grow up there is rivalry and there is bickering and there is fighting, I think it was fairly standard but I think I am guilty along with a lot of correspondents of my generation in suggesting that they were very dependent on one another and extremely close [when] there was this rivalry going on."

She also mentions the loss of their mothers' death at such a young age affected them both profoundly but in different ways.

For a daily dose of 9Honey, subscribe to our newsletter here.

The defining photos of the British royal family in 2024
All the defining photos of the British royal family in 2024

"I think perhaps we forget in all this talk... [that] both [were] hugely damaged by Diana's death and we feel consistently sorry for Harry," who we have seen speak consistently about not being able to deal with her death in his memoir, Spare.

"But in that perhaps we forget William. You know, he was only 15, a terrible time to lose your mother. He's handled it privately but he, too, is pretty broken by that," she said, which may have resulted in him "shutting the door" on his younger brother as a "coping mechanism".

Auto news: 'I had no idea': The little-known parking rule costing motorists hundreds.