Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are reportedly trying to win back the affection of the British royal family by cozying up to King Charles III’s youngest sibling.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have allegedly reconnected with Prince Edward and his wife Sophie in an attempt to make amends with Harry’s estranged relatives, entertainment commentator Mark Boardman told OK! Magazine (via the Daily Express.)
“Meghan and Harry have reconnected with Sophie and Edward, and this renewed connection may serve as their gateway back into the royal household,” Boardman said.
The British journalist added, “Despite a significant age gap, both couples have endured substantial public scrutiny over the years.”
Boardman claimed that Sophie has “consistently been a confidante” for the red-headed royal and that recent interactions between the two couples signal the “ongoing bond” between Harry and Sophie.
Harry, 39, and Markle, 42, have reportedly grown particularly close with the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh since Charles ascended to the throne in September 2022 following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams told the Daily Express that the Sussexes’ friendship with Edward, 59, is quite new.
“The relations between the couples have not previously been close,” Fitzwilliams told the British tabloid.
The late Queen allegedly hoped that Markle and Sophie, 58, would help the “Suits” alum adjust to royal life, but a relationship had never formed.
“Neither were born royal, both, especially Meghan, have suffered from press harassment,” Fitzwilliams said. “Both had ambitions to combine being royal with other activities after joining the royal family and found it was not possible.”
The royal insider pointed out that there has been “no evidence” of the Sussexes ever having a falling out with Edward and Sophie amid their estrangement from other family members.
“Were the Sussexes to connect with them, they have, unlike Princess Eugenie, real influence,” Fitzwilliams said, adding, “Who knows what the result might be!”
Harry and Markle have been on the outs with Charles and Prince William since they resigned from their duties as senior working royals in 2020 — just two years after the Sussexes tied the knot.
They subsequently moved to Montecito, Calif., where they now reside with their two children: Prince Archie, 4, and Princess Lilibet, 2, and have since gone on several rants dragging the royal family.
The couple notoriously sat for a bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2021 and Harry released his scathing “Spare” memoir earlier this year.
In his book, Harry wrote that his brother physically attacked him and that his father heartlessly referred to him as a spare heir to the British throne.
Markle has not reunited with Charles or William since Queen Elizabeth’s funeral last September, and Harry attended Charles and Queen Camilla’s coronation ceremony stag.
Harry instead notably walked into the ceremony with cousins Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice, with whom he still remains on good terms, and was not seen interacting with William or Kate Middleton.
Last month, Harry paid a quick visit to the UK on the one-year anniversary of his grandmother’s death on his way to the Invictus Games in Germany. However, he failed to stop by Balmoral Castle to see Charles despite reportedly having an open invitation.
After the games wrapped, Harry and Meghan reportedly visited Princess Eugenie and her husband, Jack Brooksbank in a “mega-secret” Portugal getaway.
While Charles is allegedly open to reconciling with Harry for “strategic” reasons, William and Kate seemingly remain disinterested in reconnecting.