Queen Elizabeths dearest wish was to patch things up with Harry

The seemingly unbridgeable distance between Prince William and Prince Harry may have been the late Queen’s greatest regrets, says royal author Robert Hardman.

Robert, author of Queen of Our Times: The Life of Elizabeth II, says that the Queen was one of the conduits between Windsor and California, and it would have been one of her dearest wishes that [the family] patch things up”.

He told People magazine that the Queen "adored Harry right to the end, and Harry adored her.”

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If she had only had a little more time, it may have been possible to being her beloved grandsons back together.

As it is, her death at the age of 96 seems to have led a a slight thaw between the two brothers. William and Harry reportedly had an impromptu private chat after bumping into each other near Windsor.

But the whole family is still adjusting to the shock of losing the woman who was at the centre of their lives, and of the nation, for as long as any of them can remember.

"Now it's real, and the real mourning starts. The reality of life without the Queen starts now,” says the Queen's former assistant private secretary, Samantha Cohen.

US journalist Gayle King, who was in London for the Queen's funeral, says that despite efforts being made on both sides, there’s still a significant rift between William and Harry.

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Appearing on US TV show CBS Mornings, Ms King said: “Big families always go through drama, always go through turmoil.

“It remains to be seen…are they going to be drawn closer together or are they going to be drawn apart?

“I have no idea, I have no inside information on that, but I will tell you this: It was good to see Harry standing with his family”.

Queen Elizabeth would undoubtedly have been happy to see the two princess standing shoulder to shoulder, no matter what the circumstances were.

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