IT was perhaps the most unexpected moment after the Queen’s death – the Fab Four reunited for a tour.
Seeing Prince William, Princess Catherine and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex together again gave a nostalgic taste of what we’d been missing.
Just like Lennon and McCartney, we once had William and Harry, the down-to-earth, dynamic duo.
Then along came George Harrison, or in this case Princess Catherine, as someone who can both blend in and write his own songs.
Then the latecomer of the band Ringo or Meghan, who likes to set their own beat. And for a while this quartet was a big hit.
We all remember this brilliant image of the siblings and their wives on a Christmas Day tour of Sandringham.
It all looked so promising.
When Meghan needed someone to walk her down the aisle at her wedding, it was Charles who stepped in and did it out of love.
The King met her in the choir of St. George’s Chapel and as he handed her over to her groom-to-be, Harry mouthed a “Thank you, Pa.”
But over the next two years something went terribly wrong. Now, like the Beatles before them, a reunion is nowhere in sight, no matter what the public wants.
In truth, the last tour was a one-off special.
As Prince of Wales, Williams’ priority will be loyalty to the king.
It seems unlikely there will be an investiture for William – but if a ceremony takes place he will swear to be his father’s liege man for life and limb.
Charles swore the same thing in Welsh to Queen Elizabeth II at Caernarfon Castle in 1969.
The king is in an awkward position right now – not only has he lost his mother, but he will also feel the weight of the crown on his head.
In short, he has other concerns than a stubborn son.
There will no doubt have been a conversation as to what to do between William, the King and Queen consort over dinner at Balmoral while they mourn.
William, of course, held out the olive branch to invite his brother to see their grandmother’s tributes outside Windsor Castle.
While William would have done it for the king, Harry still finds himself in a highly confrontational argument with his father.
A stubborn son
It’s been over two and a half years since Megxit and Harry’s irritability was hardwired.
The fact that William’s team was informed of what happened will no doubt have upset Harry.
While Californians like to talk about “my truth,” Harry keeps his account of events for the be-all and end-all.
Senior royals can’t afford to have him in the room after his long history of briefing and leaks.
This exclusion, of course, adds to his paranoia.
He will have complained that the Queen’s cipher was removed from his uniform as he stood guard over her coffin.
But these regalia are only ever bestowed on those on the monarch’s active service, something Harry left in 2020.
It’s moments like this that show the family’s trust in Harry has been broken.
Something must have shifted the dial – perhaps the Prince of Wales probably persuaded him to do it “for Grandma’s sake”.
But the body language was clear in the tour. It was embarrassing for everyone, especially the Princess of Wales, who kept her distance.
That’s partly down to Meghan, who has terrible timing for an actress.
Her interview with Oprah Winfrey last year ended days before Prince Philip’s death. Her latest revelations in The Cut came less than two weeks before the Queen’s death.
The family are still suffering from their comments, including Harry “losing” his father.
Even on the drive to Balmoral, Harry insisted he take his wife with him – and was absolutely not told.
Harry will no doubt be torn between accepting his family and loving his wife. But he’s now left himself in a catch-22 situation.
He has signed a four-book deal worth millions with Penguin Random House. He needs the money to fund his Californian lifestyle.
Once this book that is now written hits the bookshelves, there will be no turning back for Harry.
The Oprah interview in which Meghan falsely claimed her children were being denied titles proves they can handle untruths.
As the Queen put it, if “memories can vary,” there will no doubt be more grudges.
Well, for King Charles it’s not about playing the same old records again – it’s about ensuring the survival of the monarchy.
It was important to him that Prince George and Princess Charlotte, who was next in line, were both at the Queen’s funeral.
He now has to clarify the succession plan. If anything terrible were to happen to him and William, the heir would be a nine-year-old boy.
There would have to be a prince or princess regent until George was old enough to rule. This is something the Queen was very concerned about and often encouraged William not to fly to his Norfolk home, Anmer Hall, by helicopter.
At the moment, that task would traditionally fall to Harry – but as a non-working royal, that can’t be.
Charles would certainly want to break with precedent and hand this task over to his sister, the Princess Royal, who has been a pillar of support.
Harry has made it clear that his life is now in California with his wife and two children. What Harry really wants is what he originally asked for – to live in Hollywood, get paid offers from Netflix, but also show up for royal visits and wear the uniforms and regalia.
But the queen and now the king knew you can’t be half in and half out. It just doesn’t work.
Let’s face it, this band won’t be getting back together anytime soon.
But at least for the king’s sake, let it be.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6265399/robert-jobson-william-kate-harry-meghan-reunite/ I’m a royal expert and I know exactly why the ‘Fab 4’ of Will & Kate and Harry & Meghan will NOT get back together