King Charles Coronation: Prince Harry speaks to Jack Brooksbank
Prince Harry’s seat at the Coronation was a “deliberate” plan that was “overseen and approved” by royal organisers, a commentator has claimed. Despite being sixth in line to the throne, Harry was sat in the third row of Westminster Abbey, far away from his estranged brother Prince William who is next in line. The brothers had no interaction during the ceremony, with Harry only speaking to a handful of royals including Princess Anne and his cousins Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.
Harry was far away from the action in the third row, seated behind his aunt Princess Anne and not having any role in the ceremony.
But Vanity Fair’s royal editor Katie Nicholl believes it was a “deliberate” move by those organising the seating plan.
Speaking on True Royalty TV’s The Royal Beat Ms Nicholl said: “Harry is not a working member of the Royal Family anymore. You couldn’t have put Harry alongside the Waleses, for the reasons we all know. It would have been impossible.”
Harry stepped down as a senior working royal in March 2020 before moving to California with his wife Meghan Markle and children, Archie and Lilibet.
The Sun’s royal editor Matt Wilkinson said Harry didn’t have any say on where he sat.
He said: “The seating plan was agreed quite late, and I don’t think Harry had much input, ‘sit me wherever you put me’ type thing. You couldn’t have put him next to the Waleses.
“Putting Harry with Princess Beatrice, Jack, Princess Eugenie. Harry was among friends and could have had private conversations with them.”
Harry attended the ceremony alone, leaving Meghan, Archie and Lilibet at their home in Montecito.
But the Duke didn’t stay for long, and after the ceremony he was seen leaving alone before taking a British Airways flight home to celebrate his son’s fourth birthday.
During the ceremony the brothers had no interaction with Harry watching on as his brother performed a poignant role in the ceremony, swearing his allegiance to King Charles.
It is not clear whether they had any contact outside of Westminster Abbey.
However, royal expert Nick Bullen believes he did have a chance to speak to his father, the King, the night before the ceremony.
He said: “My understanding is he didn’t have any interactions with the Prince or Princess of Wales but that he did have a conversation with his father the night before.”
He added that there was a “sadness” that Prince Harry wasn’t a part of the extended celebrations over the weekend including the Coronation Concert at Windsor Castle.
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The Coronation was the first time Harry had been seen with his family since Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral last year.
Since then the Duke has published his controversial tell-all memoir ‘Spare’.
However, despite his absence, the King still reportedly paid tribute to his family by raising his glass in honour of Archie to mark his birthday.
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