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Finally, Prince Harry has confirmed that he will attend the upcoming coronation of his father, King Charles III, but that hasn’t stopped royal experts from fueling speculation about how the Sussex will be reunited with the royal family. Princess Diana’s former butler, Paul Burrell, recently appeared on GB News and revealed that the coronation’s seating scheme had Harry sitting 10 rows away from his brother Prince William and the rest of the royal family, a choice some will no doubt read as a sign of his presence. A cold welcome towards the visitor from Montecito.
Burrell certainly feels that Harry’s sitting down is evidence of what he believes to be true of the relationship between Charles and William and the somewhat estranged Harry, who wrote his memoirs additional And an interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2021 revealed a number of unflattering experiences growing up in the royal family and causing tension with relatives in the UK.
“There’s no chance of a reconciliation anytime soon, I’m afraid — I think he’s going to get a very cold reception from the Windsors,” Burrell told GB News. the sun.
So, why all the fuss about Harry’s presence in the first place?
“He’s coming to put his foot in the door and he’s coming because his dad wants him to be there,” Burrell thinks. “His father would be delighted to have his two sons there to witness this wonderful day in his life.”
Burrell also claimed that Harry was expected to leave shortly after the ceremony, and that Harry “didn’t want to spend too much time around them”, adding: “Harry isn’t going to hang around…he’s coming to show his face.”
The seats reserved for Harry previously sparked controversy in the media after the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, when Harry and his wife Megan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, were seated in the second row. Some royal commentators took it as a snub that Harry and Meghan were not seated in the front row, and many wondered what the royal family had planned should the couple attend Charles’ coronation.
Other reports claim that the first row of the coronation ceremony will be reserved for working royals, a role that Harry and Meghan officially stepped down from in 2020: from that perspective, it makes sense that Harry wouldn’t sit alongside his other family members. Harry may have been specifically set another back row at the coronation so as not to draw attention from the other royals, but of course, wherever they sit, he will inevitably spark a conversation of his own. We’ll see if Burrell’s predictions hold true, though we agree with him on one point of speculation: Charles must have been happy to have his two sons there on one of the biggest days of his life, no matter their current relationship, no matter where they sit in Westminster Abbey.
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