Stalemate over Charles’ coronation: King and Prince William WON’T give Harry the apology he is demanding before he agrees to fly to Britain to attend event – because ‘ill will is still boiling over in the family’
- There are just over 70 days to go before the King is officially crowned on May 6
- The Daily Mail has revealed how icy Royal Family relations still are
King Charles and the Prince of Wales have no intention of giving Prince Harry the apology he is demanding from them if he is to attend the Coronation.
Neither Charles nor William is said to be in any mood to pander to Harry’s demands following his latest attacks on the Royal Family.
With just over 70 days to go before the King is officially crowned on May 6, alongside the Queen Consort, the Daily Mail can reveal how icy family relations still are.
Some sources sympathetic to the royals’ predicament have described the situation as a ‘toxic stalemate’.
‘There is still a huge amount of ill will boiling over in the family,’ one said.
Prince William and Harry pictured in July 2021. Royal sources claim neither Charles nor William is said to be in any mood to pander to Harry’s demands
King Charles III is set to be coronated on May 6, but there still remains a question over whether Prince Harry will attend
‘Save the date’ cards are set to be sent out in two weeks to the 2,000 guests who have been chosen to attend the pared-down spring ceremony.
Numbers have been drastically reduced from the 8,251 guests who attended Queen Elizabeth II’s 1953 coronation to make the event more streamlined amid the cost of living crisis.
Formal invitations to those who have indicated they will accept will not be posted until three weeks before the event itself.
But, as the Mail reported last year, Harry, 38, has long had an ‘open’ invitation to all family events as a member of the Royal Family, despite having quit official duties.
That olive branch is still there, although it has been stretched to the limit by his and wife Meghan’s repeated attacks on the family via their Netflix documentary series, Harry’s memoir and numerous critical television and print interviews.
King Charles III and Prince Harry (pictured last year). Neither Charles nor William is said to be in any mood to pander to Harry’s demands
That olive branch is still there, although it has been stretched to the limit by his and wife Meghan’s repeated attacks on the family via their Netflix documentary series
One journalist with close links to the Sussexes, Omid Scobie, claimed this week that ‘no-one knows their plans right now – the couple has yet to be invited and can’t make a decision, nor any form of itinerary, until that happens’.
But those with knowledge of the Coronation’s planning have greeted this claim with snorts of derision, and describe it as ‘the Sussexes’ classic get-out clause’.
‘As if a piece of gold-embossed card would change everything,’ one said. ‘The problem goes far, far deeper than that.’
One well-placed source says Harry has made it clear that he wants a private ‘apology’ of some sort from both Charles and William before he will attend.
Another source said it was likely there would be conversations between the two camps in the coming weeks over arrangements for May
A royal source has said: ‘Conversations could still happen in the next few weeks [over the Sussexes’ attendance], I am sure’
There is no mention of Meghan, but as their son, Archie, celebrates his fourth birthday on the same day, there is an assumption by many that she is unlikely to go to Westminster Abbey for the Coronation anyway.
The idea of an apology is something Harry has raised publicly, when he told ITV’s Tom Bradby in an interview that ‘the ball is in their court’.
‘There’s a lot to be discussed and I really hope that they’re [the family] willing to sit down and talk about it,’ he said.
The Mail has been told that King Charles, 74, is at least prepared to speak to Harry – ‘he’s his son, he loves him’, a friend declared.
But William, 40, is said to be emphatically ‘not in the mood for any kind of conversation’.
And Harry’s private insistence that he and his wife are owed an apology before any rapprochement can begin has become a major sticking point for both the King and his elder son.
‘What are the family meant to apologise for?’ one insider asked. ‘As the late Queen said, recollections may vary.’
Another source said it was likely there would be conversations between the two camps in the coming weeks over arrangements for May.
But they warned: ‘I don’t think His Majesty is minded to apologise for anything at present. Quite the opposite. There is still a huge amount of ill will boiling over in the family.
‘Conversations could still happen in the next few weeks [over the Sussexes’ attendance], I am sure, but they will be waiting a very long time for an apology. There’s a great deal of hurt [at Harry’s actions].’
The Mail has been told that King Charles, 74, is at least prepared to speak to Harry – ‘he’s his son, he loves him’, a friend declared
Buckingham Palace has declined to comment on the matter
Another family friend added: ‘I hear that William has no intention whatsoever of apologising and remains incandescent, especially around the way his wife, the Princess of Wales, has been treated.’
The Mail has previously reported that William is furious about the attacks meted out to Kate, particularly in his brother’s memoir, Spare, which came out last month.
Harry – who always had a warm relationship with his sister-in-law – painted her as cold and aloof towards his future bride.
And shockingly – given his repeated attacks on those he believes have ‘leaked’ information about the family drama – he also revealed intimate details of private conversations, both verbally and by text, between her and Meghan during their infamous disagreement over Princess Charlotte’s bridesmaid dress.
‘The relationship isn’t even rock bottom now, it’s non-existent,’ the source said. ‘And I just don’t see, if Harry were to come to the Coronation, how William could even bring himself to look his brother in the face.’
Buckingham Palace declined to comment.
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