On the day of the coronation, Prince Harry showed his support for King Charles, ending much of the speculation. One of the other guests at the crowning ceremony on Saturday said that the fact that the Duke of Sussex, who is 38 years old, was there at Westminster Abbey in London is all that matters, despite the fact that he kept a low profile during the event. “I am delighted that Prince Harry was there,” says Colleen Harris, a former press secretary to the King and his sons, in the cover story for this week’s issue of PEOPLE magazine. If he hadn’t been there to assist his father, he would have deeply regretted it from a personal standpoint. As a mother, I can say that it was the appropriate action to take, and the King was quite happy about it.
The Duke of Sussex was never seen engaging with either his brother or his father, despite the fact that he smiled and spoke when he entered Westminster Abbey with his cousins Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice as well as their husbands. He left for the airport not long after the coronation and flew back to California to be with his wife Meghan Markle, daughter Princess Lilibet, who was 23 months old, and son Prince Archie, who turned 4 on the same day. He was not invited to join the family during the balcony appearance that followed the service that took place at Buckingham Palace. Before the coronation, a source close to the royal household explained Harry’s choice to attend the historic occasion to People by saying, “He will look back on it and think it is better to come and play his part and say, ‘I saw my father crowned.’ And tell his children about it.”
-some pictures of the coronation
It’s commendable that People Magazine is trying to walk this tightrope, as they are still the most trusted American source on the Windsors and have shown sympathy for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. It’s just that after the coronation, it seems like some folks in Windsor World are trying to dial down the excitement around everything Sussex. They should have considered that possibility several months ago. Years, perhaps. A video of Camilla Tominey badgering the former press secretary for QEII, who would not disparage or humiliate Harry for attending the Chubbly, surfaced a few days ago. This People Magazine article reads very much like the Windsors’ formal statement that they were pleased Harry could attend the coronation.
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