Prince William and Kate Middleton are faced with a "lose-lose situation" if they are invited to stay for the US Earthshot Prize Awards by Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, a royal expert has claimed.

William and Kate hosted the first annual Earthshot Prize Awards in London earlier this year, where they emphasised the importance of tackling climate change and awarded £1 million to a project based in Costa Rica.

After the ceremony, held at Alexandra Palace in London, the Cambridges also announced that next year’s awards would be held in the US, though they didn’t reveal an exact location.

This raised speculation about whether Meghan and Harry might be in attendance, with the ex-royals now based in Montecito, California.

The Sussexes did not attend the Earthshot awards and have reportedly had a fractured relationship with the rest of the Royal Family since their revelatory interview with Oprah was broadcast in March.

Speaking on this week’s Royally Us podcast, the panel reacted to the reports that Kate and Wills would stay with Meghan and Harry and noted that the scenario could raise difficult conversations.

Royal expert Jonathan Sacerdoti suggested: "It’s a sort of lose-lose situation. If they get invited and decline it seems petty and nasty, and if they don’t get invited then it seems petty and nasty from the other side.

"And if they do accept such an invitation and something goes terribly wrong, that seems like a bad idea. I can’t quite see how this would work."

Some royal commentators have alleged that Harry and Meghan have struggled to settle into their new celebrity-filled neighbourhood, with Lady C suggesting they "don’t want to touch" the Sussexes.

And, with the exact location of next year’s Earthshot ceremony yet to be announced, the Royally Us panel acknowledged that this will be the key determinant in whether the Cambridges and Sussexes are reunited.

"I do think it probably depends on where the awards are being held, for sure. I’m sure that like for anyone else, staying with your in-laws is always an interesting experience," host Christine Ross noted.

Christina Garibaldi agreed and suggested the Cambridges wouldn’t struggle to find somewhere else to stay.

she added. "Maybe this could help the rift, not help the rift, but I feel like they could probably manage to not crash on somebody’s couch and find their own place to stay.

"Who knows, maybe they’ll have the awards in New York and they’ll kind of avoid all of this."

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