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Meghan Markle's Coronation absence to 'help' Prince Harry mend royal bridges

NewsMeghan Markle's Coronation absence to 'help' Prince Harry mend royal bridges

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex skipping out on the Coronation could “help” Prince Harry start the reconciliation process with members of the Royal Family, a commentator has claimed.

Buckingham Palace confirmed last week the Duchess of Sussex will not be attending the Coronation but rather will be staying in California with son Prince Archie Harrison and daughter Princess Lilibet Diana.

Harry is expected to fly in for the day and reunite with senior royals to witness the historic moment for his father King Charles III before heading back across the ocean to celebrate Archie’s fourth birthday.

While timings are expected to be tight to carry out full peace negotiations, royal editor Jack Royston suggested Meghan’s absence could still allow the Duke to break the ice and get talking about ending the feud that has grappled the monarchy for years.

Royston said: “That is the sort of mess of tangled emotions that’s sitting under any prospect of a reconciliation.

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“From that perspective, it’s easy to see why Meghan not going to the coronation could actually help Harry speak to his family.

“It may well lower the stakes, you know, lower the emotional intensity, take some of the pressure off the meeting.

“I’m sure there’ll still be loads of really strong emotions flying around either way, but maybe, just maybe, Harry gets a chance to speak to Charles or William and just make some kind of progress.”

However, Royston conceded peace for the royals is unlikely to come easy and he suggested complete reconciliation may still be quite a way off for Harry and Meghan.

The royal editor told Newsweek’s The Royal Report: “Obviously, it’s a long way back. For a family that has been through so many kinds of different chapters of this warfare, so many different battles, it will take a lot for them to find anything even vaguely reminiscent of peace.

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“But if there’s going to be any healing at all, then they’ve got to try.”

While the King has shown he is prepared to reunite with Harry, even holding “heart-to-heart” talks with his youngest son to secure his return for the Coronation, Prince William has been tipped to take a while longer before opening up to the chance of rekindling his bond with the Duke.

Friends of the Prince of Wales have commented on the ongoing feud between the brothers, claiming William felt “betrayed” after Harry shared his and Meghan’s frustrations with the monarchy with the public.

Commentator Emily Andrews suggested the release of the couple’s Netflix documentary and of Harry’s memoir further exacerbated the divide.

The brothers were last seen together at the Queen’s funeral in September when they appeared alongside their wives at Windsor to thank members of the public for the support they had shown the family following their loss.

But Andrews claimed communication between the two had ceased shortly after as William refuses to speak with his brother.

She said: “I think the core thing to take away is that it’s really good that Charles and Harry have spoken but royal sources also said there’s no real-time at the Coronation for any kind of make-up chat which, of course, takes a lot of William.

“And it’s definitely true to say, everything I’ve been told Harry and William haven’t spoken since the Queen’s funeral and, frankly, William doesn’t want to speak to his brother.”

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