…Researched and contributed by Judah Olanisebee.
William ‘Still Feels Betrayed’ by Harry’s Revelations in Spare, but King Charles Is Trying to Use the Coronation to Heal Family Rifts and Bring Andrew ‘in from the Cold’
According to recent reports, Prince William still feels betrayed by his younger brother Harry’s comments about him, his wife, and their father in Harry’s memoir, “Spare.”
While William has no plans to speak to Harry, they will be living just 700 yards from each other during the Coronation ceremony, where their father, King Charles, hopes to mend family divisions.
Charles is described as “generally quite forgiving,” but he is also understood to still feel betrayed and angry about the revelations in Harry’s book.
However, he hopes the historic event will help heal some of the rifts in his family, including with his younger brother Prince Andrew, who has been left out in the cold.
Harry and Meghan’s Involvement in the Coronation
Prince Harry will be attending the Coronation ceremony, while Meghan will remain in California with their children.
Harry delayed replying to the invitation to the event because he was preoccupied with details such as where he would have to sit.
While Buckingham Palace and a legal representative for the Duke of Sussex have not responded to requests for comment, sources have confirmed that there have been extensive discussions between London and California over Harry’s attendance.
Members of the Royal Family are not likely to reconcile during the Coronation, and the event could prove awkward for everyone involved.
Meghan’s Non-Attendance at the Coronation
Meghan Markle was never likely to attend the Coronation ceremony, according to sources close to those planning the event, who said she was put in an “impossible situation” by the Royal Family.
Prince Harry is understood to have gone through weeks of negotiations with Buckingham Palace over the event, including going over arrangements for security and concerns over the reception from his family.
Meghan’s absence from the event was confirmed yesterday.
Seating Arrangements and Body Language
It is likely that front-row seats at the Coronation ceremony will be reserved for working members of the Royal Family.
Harry will play no part in the official procession and will walk in and out as a guest.
There is little prospect of seating plans being given out in advance, so it is likely that the public will not find out until the day.
Buckingham Palace and a spokesman for the Sussexes announced simultaneously that Harry would be attending without Meghan.
Meghan’s absence from the event could suggest that her focus is on her future in the US and that she has no intention of returning to the UK soon.
While it would be tempting to try to heal the wounds by seating Harry with senior royals, it could prove a huge distraction.
Sarah Ferguson’s Non-Attendance at the Coronation
Although Prince Andrew and his daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, will attend the Coronation ceremony at Westminster Abbey, royal ex-wife Sarah Ferguson did not receive an invitation.
However, she will join the royals at a private gathering after the event’s conclusion.
In good news for the King, sources close to Prince Andrew last night rubbished claims that he was planning his own tell-all memoir, saying he is “full square” in his support of his older brother.