Though Marie Claire reported this weekend that Prince Harry and his father, King Charles, had a heart-to-heart conversation before Harry agreed to attend Charles’ upcoming Coronation, it doesn’t seem like the same olive branch is being extended between Harry and his older brother, Prince William.
According to The Mirror, the brothers—who have been locked in a disagreement since as far back as 2018, and possibly even sooner, depending on who you believe—have no plans to bury the hatchet at the Coronation and see any truce as “for another time.”
It doesn’t seem as though there would be time for any type of heart-to-heart between brothers, anyway. Apparently, Harry is flying in for the May 6 ceremony at Westminster Abbey in London, and flying back as quickly as possible to his home base in California, as May 6 also happens to be the fourth birthday of his son, Prince Archie.
“Out of politeness you’d think Harry would want to mingle with his family, no matter how difficult that might be for him,” Ingrid Seward, editor of Majesty Magazine, told The Sun. “They all have really tight schedules, but it would be nice to stick around and be friendly.”
Seward continued “I’m glad he has spoken to his father, which has eased the path to rapprochement. Charles will welcome his son. I think his relationship with William is for another time.”
The King is believed to be delighted that Harry will be in attendance at the Coronation, with a royal source telling The Mirror “The King has previously spoken of loving both his sons, and that remains the case. Harry would have deeply regretted not attending he ceremony. Archie’s birthday has provided the perfect excuse for Meghan to stay behind and, with all things considered, it’s probably the right thing to do.”
The Coronation will be the first appearance in a public setting for Harry alongside his father, brother, and the rest of the members of his family since the release of his memoir, Spare, published last January.
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Rachel Burchfield is a writer, editor, and podcaster whose primary interests are fashion and beauty, society and culture, and, most especially, the British Royal Family and other royal families around the world. She serves as Marie Claire’s Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor and has also contributed to publications like Allure, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, People, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and W, among others. Before taking on her current role with Marie Claire, Rachel served as its Weekend Editor and later Royals Editor. She is the cohost of Podcast Royal, a show that was named a top five royal podcast by The New York Times. A voracious reader and lover of books, Rachel also hosts I’d Rather Be Reading, which spotlights the best current nonfiction books hitting the market and interviews the authors of them. Rachel frequently appears as a media commentator, and she or her work has appeared on outlets like NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, CNN, and more.
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