William 'betrayed' by Harry as Charles uses Coronation to 'mend rifts'
William ‘still feels betrayed’ by Harry’s revelations in Spare but King Charles is more forgiving and is trying to use the Coronation to ‘mend family rifts’ – and bring Andrew in ‘from the cold’
Prince William still feels betrayed by his estranged brother but faces living just 700yards from him during the Coronation as their father hopes his crowning as King will help heal family divisions including with Prince Andrew, it was claimed today.
Prince Harry will be staying at Frogmore Cottage for the final time for his flying visit to the UK and will be just two fields away from Adelaide Cottage, where his brother, wife and three children live.
William is said to have no plans to speak to the the Duke of Sussex after his attacks on him, his wife and father in Spare and his Netflix documentary. Harry also faces the cold shoulder from his family apart from perhaps Beatrice and Eugenie.
Charles is said to be pleased Harry is coming and his mood is described as ‘generally quite forgiving’, however, the Prince of Wales is understood to still to feel betrayed and angry, particularly by the revelations in the memoirs.
One source told the Telegraph that the ‘gulf’ between the brothers, once as close as siblings could be, is now so large they cannot see how their relationship can ever be repaired.
But their father hopes his Coronation can heal some of those wounds and he will also use the historic event to bring his younger brother Prince Andrew in ‘from the cold’ – but his ex-wife Sarah, the Duchess of York, is not invited and will watch the Westminster Abbey ceremony at home where she plans to hang bunting and chomp on coronation chicken sandwiches like millions of others.
Harry will be coming to the UK with Meghan and the children – Charles is said to be ‘forgiving’ of his book and Netflix series – but William is said to remain furious at the betrayal
Charles hopes that his coronation can heal wounds in the family (pictured together in 2012) and reduce tensions
Prince Andrew is being brought in from the cold for the event. His ex-wife the Duchess of York is not invited and will be watching on TV
One friend told The Daily Telegraph that ‘there’s a warmth around the place and a proper rallying around the King, who in turn is showing some serious EQ [emotional intelligence] by ensuring the family is given the opportunity to pull together.’
The insider added: ‘All four siblings spent most of the Easter weekend together with assorted children and plus ones – including the Duchess [of York].
‘I suspect some Palace staff and parts of the media are well behind the curve in their understanding of this private family unity. The Duke [of York] stands four square behind the King.’
Sussex supporters said Harry understood that the Coronation is the biggest day of his father’s life and felt it was right to be present, despite his attacks on the family.
Meghan will not be there and neither will the Duchess of York.
Speaking to the Loose Women panelists earlier this month, Sarah Ferguson revealed: ‘I always love to watch it on telly because you hear a lot on telly, the commentator’s always good and then all the family come back.
‘Because remember I am divorced from him [Prince Andrew] so you can’t have it both ways. You can’t be divorced and say ‘I want this’.’
Sarah continued: ‘I think it’s really great to be supportive also when the family come home I know all the ins and outs and commentating on television.’
Prince Harry delayed replying to the invitation to the Coronation because he was engaged in ‘transatlantic ping pong’ and was ‘preoccupied’ by where he would have to sit, sources have indicated.
It was one of the reasons he was so late in confirming his decision to attend the crowning of his father King Charles III at Westminster Abbey on May 6.
Neither Buckingham Palace nor a legal representative for the Duke of Sussex responded to a request for comment today. But more than one source has confirmed to the Mail that there have been ‘extensive discussions’ between London and California over the issue.
One said: ‘Harry’s side was keen to find out, presumably because they wanted to rubber-stamp it, what the seating plan at the Abbey is. There’s been extensive back and forth about who they [Harry and Meghan] would be sitting behind if they came. And who would be behind them.’
Harry was apparently quite preoccupied by this particular detail, the source said.
At his grandmother’s funeral last September, Harry and Meghan were squeezed into a corner at the end of the second row – with a candle even obscuring a clear view of the Duchess (pictured)
Harry was placed behind William for the Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey in March 2020, his final event before moving to the US (pictured)
Prince Harry delayed replying to the invitation to the Coronation because he was ‘preoccupied’ by where he would have to sit, sources have indicated. Pictured: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at St Paul’s Cathedral in London on June 3 last year
King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla are pictured in Malton, North Yorkshire, on April 5
The late Queen Elizabeth II, Charles, Camilla, William, Kate, Harry and Meghan attend the Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey on March 9, 2020
Another source added: ‘This is true. There has been a lot of questions on detail for the Abbey.’
Publications with links to the Sussexes have suggested that Harry had a list of questions for the palace about what would happen if he attended and wanted certain ‘assurances’, but did not detail what they might be.
When Harry and Meghan came to the UK for Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee they joined other members of the Royal Family at St Paul’s Cathedral for a service of thanksgiving. But, notably and rather awkwardly, they were seated on the other side of the nave from Charles, Camilla, William and Kate.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been shunted away from the main seats as their rift with the Royal Family has grown.
There had been hopes the coronation could provide an opportunity for reconciliation – but members of the royal family are understood to not have an appetite for it at the moment.
One source told the Daily Express: ‘The Royal Family are focused on planning for the historic occasion and have no appetite or time at this stage to think about reconciliation.’
The Coronation is set to be an awkward affair, with many members of the Royal Family still enraged over allegations made in Prince Harry’s memoir Spare.
It has been reported that his brother William has no plans to speak to him, and that other royals also plan to offer only the most basic greetings.
Meghan was ‘never likely’ to attend coronation after being placed in ‘impossible position’
Meghan Markle was ‘never likely’ to attend the Coronation of King Charles III, sources close to those planning the event have said, after 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.
It was confirmed yesterday Harry will attend the ceremony, but Meghan will remain in California.
A royal source told the Mirror: ‘The truth of the matter is the Duchess was never likely to attend the coronation.
‘The mood from California was that she felt increasingly put in an impossible position and there’s a fair sense of relief that the situation is resolved after so much speculation and uncertainty.
‘It is one thing to attend the late Queen’s funeral out of respect for Her Majesty but another thing entirely to attend the start of a new reign.’
Harry was placed behind William for the Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey in March 2020, his final event before moving to the US. At his grandmother’s funeral last September, he and Meghan were squeezed into a corner at the end of the second row – with a candle even obscuring a clear view of the Duchess.
At the Jubilee service in June last year, Harry and Meghan were shown to their places without fanfare before his father and brother arrived and there was absolutely no eye contact from the other senior royals when they walked in.
The Sussexes found themselves in the second row on the other side of the cathedral next to Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie and their husbands, the only members of the Royal Family who still talk to them.
It was the equivalent – at least for Harry – of social Siberia. The Times newspaper even waspishly described them as the ‘second-rank Sussexes’ and ‘not nearly as important as before’.
That event was a year after their explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey in which the couple made a series of allegations about the Royal Family.
Matters have only got worse since, with their tell-all Netflix series and Harry’s score-settling memoir accompanied by interviews lambasting his family.
The King and Prince William have had no meaningful dialogue with Harry since the late Queen’s funeral and there is little to suggest that will change soon.
It is likely that front row seats at the Coronation will be reserved for working members of the Royal Family. Harry will play no part in the official procession, walking in and out as a guest.
It is likely that the family will want to minimise unhelpful body language in front of the cameras so will no doubt seat Harry with ‘safer’ members of the family.
Although it would be tempting to try to heal the wounds by seating him with senior royals, it could prove a huge distraction.
Another source suggested that Harry and team were ‘much more attuned’ to how things now need to work given his and Meghan’s position as non-working royals. One insider, however, also raised the intriguing prospect of whether Harry might be given a more prominent position now that he is attending without his wife.
Harry’s preoccupation with the seating plan was one of the reasons he was so late in confirming his decision to attend the crowning of his father King Charles III at Westminster Abbey on May 6
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and then-Prince Charles at Westminster Abbey in March 2019
Pictured: Camilla, King Charles III, Princess Anne and Prince Andrew at Windsor Castle on April 9
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There has been a palpable sense of relief at that development, not least because Harry is always more defensive when it comes to anything involving Meghan.
There is little prospect of seating plans being given out by Buckingham Palace 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 on Wednesday – in a sign of how delicate negotiations have been – that Harry would be attending without Meghan, who has opted to stay at their Californian mansion with their children Archie and Lilibet.
Prince Archie, as he will be known, will turn four on the day. That is why, supporters of the Sussexes maintain, the duchess has chosen not to attend.
However others have briefed that Meghan sees her future in the US and that her ‘focus’ is on that, suggesting she has no intention to returning to the UK soon.
Friends of the Sussexes have said that attending the Coronation will be Harry’s only engagement during a ‘fairly quick trip’.
It was yesterday revealed that although Meghan Markle received an invite to the coronation, royal ex-wife Sarah Ferguson did not.
Although her disgraced ex-husband the Duke of York and her daughters Beatrice and Eugenie will attend the ceremony at Westminster Abbey, Fergie will only join the royals at a private gathering after its conclusion.
She was known as a close friend and confidante of the late Queen and was invited to her state funeral.
But 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.
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