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TALK OF THE TOWN: Prince Harry to reunite with pals he ‘cut off’ after wedding to Meghan Markle

The Duke arranged a surprise ‘lads’ lunch’ when he was last in the country – for Prince Philip’s funeral in April – leading his friends to expect more socializing now he has returned.

The Duke and Jack Mann

Friends of Prince Harry believe that while back in Britain he’s planning to reconnect with old pals from the life he left behind.

I can reveal that the Duke of Sussex arranged a surprise ‘lads’ lunch’ when he was last in the country – for Prince Philip‘s funeral in April – leading his friends to expect more socializing now he has returned to unveil the statue to Princess Diana.

Though lunch with your old mates may be normal for most people, many of Harry’s closest friends have felt sidelined since his 2018 wedding and his drastic move to California.

But his secret get-together with members of his former inner circle has revived hopes that he hasn’t been lost to his ultra-woke new life after all.

‘After the wedding Harry cut everyone from the UK off,’ says my source. ‘But now he’s at last showing signs of wanting to reconnect with his old life.

‘His friends are really excited, they think that the old Harry is coming back out of his shell.

‘It sounds like he’s starting to realise that he doesn’t have to abandon his old life to enjoy a new one in California with Meghan.

‘The two worlds he now occupies are not mutually exclusive for his friends, though they may well be for his family.’

For while Harry might be keen to reconnect with his friends, the rift with his brother seems deeper than ever. 

My source says that William was conspicuous by his absence from the April lunch, which was arranged specifically to include some of the male guests and ushers from Harry’s wedding party. 

The Duke of Cambridge was best man at the Windsor ceremony.

Others in Harry’s circle who were key players at the ceremony include so-called ‘deputy best man’ Jack Mann, Charlie van Straubenzee, LA pal Arthur Landon, and Harry’s ‘surrogate godfather’ Mark Dyer, who owns a chain of West London pubs.

With coronavirus restrictions in full force they could not have their get-together in Dyer’s Fulham boozer Brook House, which might have been a favoured option.

My source adds: ‘It’s sad that William was not included in Harry’s plans for a lads’ lunch during the last visit. The only Royals who seemed to see a lot of him were Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank.” Read more: daily mail