The coronation is less than a month away, and Buckingham Palace has announced plans for everything ranging from the source of the anointing oils—it will be consecrated olive oil this time, sparing the whales and the civets—to the parade route for King Charles III’s trip to Westminster Abbey. But one big mystery still remains: Will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle be in attendance when Charles makes it official? In the past, chilliness from Harry’s extended family has reportedly made the couple’s stays in England less than ideal, which might have something to do with the reticence to confirm their attendance.
In a new excerpt published in the Daily Mail from his upcoming book, Our King: Charles III, Robert Jobson reveals that the hard feelings for Meghan and Harry at the palace are just as strong as ever. Even the moment when Prince William and Princess Kate invited the couple for a walkabout after Queen Elizabeth II’s death last September was much harder behind-the-scenes. Sources close to the royal family told the author that Kate has said she found the outing to be one of the hardest things she has ever done.
Despite Harry’s distance from the rest of the family, he did keep in close contact with the late queen until the end of her life. But according to Jobson, even she was worried that his love for his wife was “clouding his judgment.” A source said she came to dread the phone calls. “Her Majesty found Prince Harry’s calls quite difficult and wearisome,” his source added. “She didn’t want to interfere in the father/son relationship and would urge him to speak to his father.”
In 2018, Jobson was one of the first to report on the frustrations that palace staff felt toward Meghan and Harry. That there are still more stories to tell from their interactions with the palace is a sign of just how deep the anger for the couple might run.
Last week, Page Six reported that there have been lengthy discussions between the Sussexes and the palace about whether the couple would attend. “All families are difficult, but this is no normal family, of course,” an insider told the newspaper. “Harry has a lot of questions about how the event will work.”
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