Even though King Charles‘s coronation is not taking place until May, the royal family is apparently still concerned that they won’t be able to get out from under the lingering press caused by Prince Harry‘s memoir Spare in time for the event.
King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla are gearing up for the ceremony with the launch of their official coronation website this week, but it seems that the Duke of Sussex’s book is still weighing heavy on their minds. “This is all so ghastly,” a royal insider told People this week. “Although there is sorrow because the Queen has died, the coronation should be a joyful moment, too, because Charles will be crowned. But this is a massive shadow.”
The royals have yet to publicly comment on the release of Spare and the many stories about them it contains, and Prince William even studiously ignored a journalist who shouted a question at him about the book during his and Princess Kate‘s first public outing following its release. Royal correspondent Valentine Low explained the reasoning behind the silence to the outlet, saying, “They didn’t want to fan the flames of the rift and the dispute. They know that anything said in a statement or a briefing would prolong it. They wanted it to calm down as soon as possible. The longer it goes on, the less hope there is for reconciliation.”
But at the moment, reconciliation seems out of the questions, at least when it comes to the rift between Harry and his older brother Prince William. “William is the one who is most upset and needs time to calm down,” another source close to the royal household said. However, the royals are currently discussing how they might go about orchestrating a detente between themselves, Prince Harry, and his wife, Meghan Markle. The insider added that there’s a “fatigue” over the consequences of the brothers’ estrangement and, eventually, something or someone is going to need to mend that divide.
A source close to the Sussexes, however, told People that as of now there’s been no progress and Harry’s initial opinion on the subject of attending his father’s coronation this spring hasn’t changed. The royal previously told ITV’s Tom Bradby, “There’s a lot that can happen between now and then. But, you know, the door is always open. The ball is in their court. There’s a lot to be discussed, and I really hope that they are willing to sit down and talk about it.” But a close source revealed to People that, “The problem is that [the Sussexes] want a capitulation and apology by the palace, but when ‘recollections vary,’ that’s quite difficult.”
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