Queen's funeral brought royal family together: It was a 'triggering of past grief for Harry'

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  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle returned to the UK and reunited with the royal family following the queen's death.
  • Though the royal family appeared to put up a united front, sources close to the firm say tensions are high.
  • "You'd think that all members of the family would unite and support the king, especially. Perhaps some wounds can be healed in the process," an insider close to Charles and Camilla said.

Despite an ongoing rift between the Sussexes and the rest of the royal family, royal expert Penny Junor tells People, Queen Elizabeth II's death brought them together again, even if just for the time being.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined the Prince and Princess of Wales in Windsor following the queen's death, already showing unity at a time when it was desperately needed. Prior to the invitation to the Sussexes, reportedly extended to them by Prince William, Charles also made specific mention of his love for his estranged son in his address to the nation.

"When families have a falling-out, you long for them to hug one another. It broke my heart," Junor, a veteran royal biographer, says.

A source close to the situation says: "This week has brought a lot of emotions to the surface and has been a kind of triggering of past grief for Harry," while another adds: "Everyone was hurting."

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Meanwhile, a source close to King Charles and Camilla, his Queen Consort, comments: "You'd think that all members of the family would unite and support the king, especially. Perhaps some wounds can be healed in the process."

It would perhaps have been the queen's dying wish for the family to reunite, they say, adding: "She knew that conflicts were a part of life, and she didn't hold grudges. Most of all, she wanted to see her family happy." 

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