Charles 'to invite Harry and Meghan to Balmoral' despite fears they'll decline

King Charles has extended an olive branch to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
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King Charles is likely to extend an invitation to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to join him at Balmoral this summer, but he anticipates they will decline, according to a Royal expert.

The monarch traditionally invites members of the Royal Family to spend part of the summer with him in Scotland. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have previously visited Balmoral before stepping down as senior working royals.

Royal author Tom Quinn suggests that while Charles will issue the customary invitation, he believes Harry and Meghan will opt not to make the trip.

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Speaking to The Mirror, Quinn said: "King Charles will issue the traditional invitation to Harry and Meghan to spend part of the summer at Balmoral, but safe in the knowledge that Harry and Meghan will make their excuses and decline.For all the latest on news, politics, sports, and showbiz from the USA, go to The Mirror US."

Quinn further suggested that the tranquil setting of the 50,000-acre private estate could be the perfect place for family reconciliation, but Camilla may be apprehensive about anything that could disrupt the peace her husband needs for his ongoing recovery from cancer.

He also hinted that Harry's ongoing feud with Prince William might deter him from accepting the invitation, elaborating: "Harry would love to see Kate and his expressions of concern for her are deeply felt but he knows that he can't see Kate without seeing his brother so it's not going to happen."

Tom previously indicated that Meghan and Harry might reject an invitation to Balmoral, citing their demand for an apology for their treatment during their time with the Royal Family.

He explained: "Meghan and Harry feel that turning up at Balmoral will put them on the back foot as it's very much Royal Home turf.

"And Meghan won't want to go back on her public insistence that she will never return to the UK she'll only do it if she gets the apology she has always demanded, unless something really dreadful happens, either King Charles or Kate become gravely ill or even die. If that happens all bets are off."

Harry spent a lot of his childhood in Balmoral and it's believed Charles has "hinted" that Meghan and Harry should visit again this summer.

Tom said: "According to people I've spoken to at Kensington Palace King Charles has hinted to Harry and Meghan that they should come to Balmoral in the summer to see if something can be done about the ongoing feud in the family.

"Charles knows that Harry and Meghan are much more likely to respond positively to an invitation after the shock of Harry's father's cancer diagnosis and Kate's cancer diagnosis. It's one of those situations where good might just come out of bad."