King Charles sees 'cause for unity' with Meghan and Harry after 'tremendous flickers of hope'
King Charles III is said to think the conversations he had with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex following Queen Elizabeth II's death could show signs of a thaw in relations
Meghan and Harry's exit from the Royal Family made headlines around the world.
And the Sussexes have endured a strained relationship with the royals ever since.
But the tragic death of Queen Elizabeth II earlier this month may have opened the door to more friendly relations.
The King, in particular, is said to be hopeful that he can enjoy a more civil relationship with his son and daughter-in-law.
An insider reportedly said: "It remains the case that the King loves both of his children.
"Over the last 16 days or so, there were tremendous flickers of hope. In terms of the future, there is hope of a cause for unity."
The quotes in the Telegraph come as extracts are released of Valentine Low's book, due for publication in October.
Writing in 'Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind the Crown', he claims that, during the initial deliberations on January 8, 2020, Queen Elizabeth II wanted all four royal households to work together on a Megxit solution.
Meetings were held at Clarence House before they were moved to Buckingham Palace while Prince William's private secretary, Simon Case, was also involved.
Five options were allegedly discussed, including giving the Sussexes a month off each year for their own activities.
An alternative was the idea that they could take on fewer engagements and spend most of their time doing other things.
It was taken as a given that blanket rules on not making decisions for financial or material gain would apply.
Mr Low quotes a palace insider as saying: "I think Meghan thought she was going to be the Beyonce of the UK.
"Being part of the Royal Family would give her that kudos. Whereas what she discovered was that there were so many rules that were so ridiculous that she couldn't even do the things that she could do as a private individual, which is tough."
Another said the Duchess would be unable to fit the model of a working royal, with the palace unable to accept "who she wanted to be".
Mr Low writes that it was Queen Elizabeth II who had the "very clear view: you can't be in and out".
He adds that any chance of "compromise" was taken off the table by the late monarch.