Kate, the Princess of Wales and Prince William “will tolerate” Prince Harry’s presence at the Coronation but will not go out of their way to welcome him, a royal commentator has suggested.
The Duke of Sussex, 38, is due to reunite with the Royal Family on May 6 for the first time since the release of his controversial autobiography, Spare.
Commentator Kinsey Schofield suggested William, 40, and Kate, 41, will maintain a polite appearance towards the Duke of Sussex but will leave any “warm interactions” to members of the family whose relationship with him is not as frosty.
The Duke has criticised his brother and his sister-in-law over their alleged failure to welcome Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex into the royal fold and for questioning his relationship with her.
The To Di For Daily host said: “Both William and Catherine will tolerate Harry’s presence because, despite the bad blood and betrayal, there is a deep love for him in both of them.
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“The same could not be said for Meghan. I think William and Catherine would have had a much harder time navigating that.
“I do not anticipate warm interactions between Harry and his older brother. We know that palace staff is planning every entry, exit and seat with the battling brothers in mind. The palace’s ultimate objective is to avoid conflict.”
The Duchess of Sussex, 41, will not be attending the Coronation, with Buckingham Palace confirming last week she would be staying in California with her children, Prince Archie Harrison, three, and Princess Lilibet Diana, one.
Schofield continued: “William, without a doubt, was the most hurt by Harry’s actions. The two have not spoken since the Queen’s funeral. And certainly not since the Netflix series or book.
“And despite Harry telling media outlets that he would only attend the Coronation if his family received an apology… my sources say that no such apology has happened in private.”
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However, the commentator suggested the King insisted to have his youngest son included in his special day and the Duke could not resist the call of duty demanding he supports his father at the Coronation.
She told Fox News Digital: “The King does want his youngest son to experience such a significant moment in his life.
“It was Charles’s wish that Prince Harry attend. Duty is still a priority to Harry, and he feels like it is his responsibility to attend.
“That being said, expect familiar and friendly characters like cousins Zara Tindall and Princess Eugenie to make small talk with the ‘exiled’ prince.”
The Duke of Sussex levelled a series of bombshell accusations against both the Prince and Princess of Wales in his memoir.
In addition to claiming to have been physically attacked by William, Harry also alleged the pair pushed him into wearing a Nazi costume during a fancy costume party they had all been invited to.
He wrote: “I phoned Willy and Kate, asked what they thought. Nazi uniform, they said. They both howled. Worse than Willy’s leotard outfit! Way more ridiculous! Which, again, was the point.”
Harry has since expressed “deep remorse” for donning the uniform, branding it “one of the biggest mistakes of my life.”
The Duke also admitted to feeling like he had lost his brother on the day he and Kate married in 2011, writing: “The brother I’d escorted into Westminster Abbey that morning was gone — forever.
“Who could deny it? He’d never again be first and foremost Willy. We’d never again ride together across the Lesotho countryside with capes blowing behind us. We’d never again share a horsey-smelling cottage while learning to fly. Who shall separate us? Life, that’s who.
“And I recall Willy walking her back up the aisle, and as they disappeared through the door, into the carriage that would convey them to Buckingham Palace, into the eternal partnership they’d pledged, I recall thinking: Goodbye.”
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