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As King Charles looks to the future of the British monarchy, the odds of him offering Meghan Markle and Prince Harry another chance to join working-class royalty seem slim.
“The King’s message in his first speech was clear – he loves Meghan and Harry – but he also made it clear that they chose a different life,” True Royalty TV co-founder Nick Bullen told Fox News Digital. “They chose to grow their life abroad in the United States. He recognized that. His olive branch was simply, ‘I love you, you are a member of the royal family,’ as the Queen said several years ago. But he also made it clear. – ‘You’ve made your decision about what you want to do, and I support you in that, but that’s your decision.’
“I don’t think he will encourage them to join working royalty,” Bullen continued. “As you know, Harry and Meghan have made it very clear that it’s not a role they want. So I think the olive branch is an olive branch of the family. It’s not an olive branch to join working royalty.”
Bullen is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who has produced shows about the British royal family for 20 years and has worked closely with King Charles for nearly a decade.
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Bullen says Charles, 73, has been heartbroken over how things have played out with the Sussexes over the years.
“The king was incredibly welcoming to Meghan when she arrived at the scene,” Bullen explained. “The king adores his children and particularly he wanted Harry to be happy. And he could see how happy Meghan made Harry. So that made the king happy. And by the way, it made Camilla very happy too. Meghan too. the family went to great lengths to include her in their circle. The king walked Meghan down the aisle when she married Harry. And this was something he offered when Thomas Markle couldn’t attend the wedding. So I think they’re all very sad that just didn’t work out. They’re very sad that the Sussexes are living halfway around the world. And I think Charles is sad that he can’t see his grandchildren as much as he would have seen Curtis.”
“Moments like the one we saw when everyone gathered for the queen’s funeral must have added to that sadness,” Bullen continued. “It’s in those moments when you realize where the gaps are and how things have been broken. I think the king, more than anyone, wants the family to get back together. He would like to.”
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Royal expert Shannon Felton Spence told Fox News Digital that after the Queen’s passing, she wondered if the Sussexes would find a way to heal any cracks.
“I hope his death allowed a thaw between them and the king,” she said. “But once they get back to their California life, the distance can take over again. [upcoming] The memories are reportedly very unflattering about Camilla, and she is now the queen consort, the king’s ‘dear wife’ and his closest and most trusted adviser.”
“I think the king was remarkable,” Bullen said. “His speech to the nation was impeccable. It was absolutely perfect. And you know, the way he and the rest of the royal family operated throughout this period was nothing short of a masterclass in how to exemplify work in terms of duty and service. He is now in Balmoral [where the queen passed] to have some quiet time, to reflect and gather your thoughts. He has supported the nation, guided the nation and welcomed world leaders from around the world. But now he needs his private time to grieve. He needs this time to reflect on this loss. Until now, he’s had to share his pain with the rest of the world.”
“The Queen Consort has given 17 years of service to the crown, she is a good and loving wife to the King,” shared Felton Spence. “The marital drama [involving Princess Diana] it’s very much 30 years in the past in the public eye. Since then, they have turned against Camilla. But not for Harry, of course, because of how terrible it was for his late mother. That’s understandable. The lasting love of a child. The question is whether her father would tolerate another public blow from him.”
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Bullen said that over the years, he had witnessed how Charles would make a great king. But there is one memory that stands out to him.
“I was lucky enough to work with the King on many occasions and spend a lot of time with him,” he said. “But there was a moment when we were making a documentary about the 40th anniversary of the Prince’s Trust. This has been his life’s work as Prince of Wales and he has made a huge difference to young people in need here in the UK and around the world. As he was getting older, he wanted to know how he could connect with a younger audience. And he wanted this documentary to do that. He talked to me about presenters that we could bring in, those that would appeal to a younger generation. And he was so well informed about who we should go after and why.”
“As I listened to him, I thought to myself, ‘Wow, this guy is so turned on,'” Bullen shared. “‘He knows exactly what he’s doing. He knows how to reach an audience, how to engage with a younger generation. And remember, he was probably over 60 at the time. We worked together, but it was at that very moment when I first realized his understanding of how to reach people and what he needed to do to make that happen. And I think you saw that in his first speech as king. He is dedicated to his family, his duty, and his service. And he wants to make an impact on the world stage.”
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s departures from royal duties began in 2020 over what they described as British media intrusions and racist attitudes towards the former “Suits” star. The family now resides in the coastal town of Montecito, California with their two children.
Ashley Papa of Fox News Digital and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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