Prince Harry will ‘sit 10 rows back’ from other royals at King Charles’ coronation, expert claims
Prince Harry will be seated ten rows behind other senior royals at his father’s coronation before he makes a hasty exit, according to one royal insider.
Former butler Paul Burrell says the Duke of Sussex may have little time to speak to the King or his brother, the Prince of Wales, during his visit next month.
He added there is ‘no chance’ of a reconciliation between the duke and the rest of his family following the fallout from his bombshell memoir Spare earlier this year, The Sun reports.
Although his position at the Westminster Abbey ceremony may give the impression of a snub, being far back in the audience will also help him if he wishes to make a quick exit, the ex-royal aide revealed.
Mr Burrell told GB News’ Dan Wootton: ‘He doesn’t want to spend much time around them [his family].
‘There is no chance of a reconciliation any time soon, I’m afraid – I think he will get a very icy reception from the Windsors.’
Mr Burrell believes the Duke of Sussex ‘is not going to hang around’, with some sources speculating he could be in and out of the UK within 24 hours in a flyby trip.
Mr Burrell said: ‘He is coming to put his foot in the door and he is coming because his father wants him to be there.’
Despite this, Mr Burrell, who was a close attendant of Princess Diana, said the King ‘will be delighted’ both of his sons will be present at his crowning.
The Duchess of Sussex has said the suggestion that she is missing the coronation because of a letter she sent to King Charles over racism and ‘unconscious bias’ inside the Royal Family is ‘frankly ridiculous’.
On Friday, it was reported that Meghan wrote to King Charles after her bombshell Oprah interview, and she reportedly named the individual accused of speculating about her unborn son Archie’s skin colour.
It is understood that it was sent in reply to a letter from the King – the only senior member of the family to make contact with the duchess after Meghan and Harry were interviewed by Oprah Winfrey in March 2021.
A source told the Daily Telegraph that the duchess will not attend the coronation on May 6 because she received a unsatisfactory response from the King.
But Sussex insider Omid Scobie has released a statement from the Duchess of Sussex which said, in response to the reports, that it they were ‘false’ and ‘frankly ridiculous’.
Writing on Twitter, Mr Scobie posted: ‘The Duchess of Sussex is going about her life in the present, not thinking about correspondence from two years ago related to conversations from four years ago.
‘Any suggestion otherwise is false and frankly ridiculous.
‘We encourage tabloid media and various other royal correspondents to stop exhausting the circus that they alone are creating.’
The earlier reports said that Buckingham Palace is also aware of the Sussexes’ frustration that initial correspondence about the coronation made no reference to their children.
Harry will attend the celebration on May 6 alone, while Meghan looks after Prince Archie on his fourth birthday and Princess Lilibet in California.