After much speculation surrounding Prince Harry and his presence at the coronation of his father, King Charles III, the Duke of Sussex paid a brief visit to Britain for the ceremony. He smiled at Westminster Abbey but, as expected, didn’t stay long. The whole thing, according to one royal expert, left King Charles “sad”.
A summary of Prince Harry’s visit to Britain for the coronation of King Charles
For those who haven’t been following closely the saga of Harry’s coronation visit, including the first email from King Charles’ office to Buckingham Palace’s RSVP confirmation and everything in between, here’s a recap.
Harry went to London, England for the coronation on May 6th. On the same day that Prince Archie, his and Meghan Markle’s son, turned four, Harry didn’t stay long. According to author and royal expert Katie Nicholl, he spent a full 28 hours across the pond when he arrived on the evening of May 5 (via Vanity Fair).
On the morning of the coronation, which began at 11am local time, Harry left his former home in Britain, Frogmore Cottage, and made his way to London. He arrived at the ceremony in a vehicle alongside his uncle, Prince Andrew, in what one royal journalist called the “car of shame”.
Harry sat three rows away from the action – and his brother Prince William – in a morning suit, not his military uniform, in Westminster Abbey. Beside him were his cousins, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie and their respective husbands.
Harry reportedly declined an invitation to a post-coronation lunch with his father and relatives. As Nicholl noted, he had already left for the airport before King Charles’ official coronation portrait was taken or published.
The visit also included Harry “slipping in and out of the monarchy’s headquarters” at Buckingham Palace “briefly without seeing the royal family,” according to a Telegraph report.
Back in Montecito, California, the Duchess of Sussex hiked with friends before celebrating Archie’s birthday at home.
The royal family “wonder why Harry bothered” to show up at the king’s coronation
Harry’s brief coronation visit reportedly left the royal family scratching their heads. A “family friend” said Nicholl that relatives have since “wondered why Harry bothered to come in the first place”.
“You make your decisions,” said a “source close to the royal family.” New royals Author. “To be honest, Harry wasn’t talked about much at all. The focus was very much on the occasion.”
As for Harry’s father, the brief coronation visit left King Charles “sad” and “underwhelmed” the family in general, a “family friend” said.
Earlier, Harry admitted that he wasn’t exactly talking to his father or brother. Meanwhile, a royal commentator predicted that King Charles would have a “much easier way” to reconcile with Harry than his eldest son, the Prince of Wales.
There was “hope that Harry might show up briefly”; However, Harry’s “breather” at the palace passed without seeing any other royals. Then, over lunch after the coronation, King Charles reportedly toasted Archie and his sister, Princess Lilibet, 1.
The Coronation of King Charles III. left Prince Harry ‘literally out in the cold’
Before boarding his return flight, Harry waited for his ride outside Westminster Abbey, where he was “literally left out in the cold”.
“All the other royals and VIPs were taken in official cars, but Harry was left to wait for his car,” said an eyewitness. “It was really very sad to see him all alone.”
As for the ceremony itself, Harry spoke to Beatrice and Eugenie, “the only ones who actually speak to him.” “There is very little to no contact with the rest of his family, who are still devastated by what he has said and done,” the source said.
Harry’s brief coronation visit was his first public appearance at a royal family event since the release of his spare part Memoirs and his and Meghan’s Netflix documentaries.
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