Prince Harry and King Charles Are Still Speaking: 'There Is a Willingness There'
2023/11/15

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and remain in touch amid a painful rift between the Duke of Sussex and members of the royal family.

Author Omid Scobie, whose new book is out Nov. 28, tells PEOPLE exclusively in this week’s cover story that the father and son are still speaking.

While the bond between Harry, 39, and his brother , 41, may be damaged beyond repair, the King, 75, and his younger son continue to talk. The division between the brothers widened following the release of Harry & Meghan on Netflix and the Duke of Sussex’s revealing memoir in the months that followed ’s funeral.

“A striking difference between Charles and William when it comes to their relationships with Harry is there is still a warmth with Harry and Charles,” says Scobie. “With Harry, there’s a reluctant acceptance that this is just who his father is.”

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“He would rather have that in his life than to cut it off completely. Hence, when they talk, it is often [Harry] reaching out. And I was surprised to learn that even has some sort of correspondence with Charles, sending over photos of the children [, 4, and , 2], although they’re not directly to him,” adds the author. “So there is a willingness there.” 

While lines of communication are open, it appears Harry was not invited to his father's 75th birthday party this week. However, Harry and Meghan did call Charles to wish him a happy birthday on Tuesday.

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On Nov. 5, reported that King Charles would his at Clarence House, but his younger son would "not making the trip from California," where he relocated in 2020 with his wife Meghan and their family.

A spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex told PEOPLE: "In response to U.K. media headlines, there has been no contact regarding an invitation to His Majesty’s upcoming birthday. It is disappointing the Sunday Times has misreported this story." 

In May, Harry made a at the coronation of his father King Charles and , but was not invited to join the royal family on the . Meghan and their children stayed home as they celebrated Archie’s 4th birthday.

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