- Prince Harry will “force” King Charles to choose if the prince slams Queen Consort Camilla in his memoir, a report claims
- The monarch is reportedly “incredibly protective” of his wife and won’t tolerate attacks against her
- Royal expert Katie Nicholl also suggested the King won’t invite Harry to his coronation if he makes “inaccurate and unfair attacks”
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s invitation to King Charles’ coronation likely depends on the content of the prince’s upcoming memoir, a report has claimed.
An unnamed friend of King Charles’ wife Queen Consort Camilla claimed to The Daily Beast that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex likely won’t be invited to the ceremony, which will be held in London next year, if Prince Harry attacks his stepmother in his book.
“Almost everything Charles has done over the past 20 years has, in one way or another, been about getting Camilla accepted by the public,” the friend claimed. “He loves her. He is incredibly protective of her and he couldn’t do it without her. Even the queen finally accepted that. It is one thing for Harry to attack Charles, he can take it on the chin, but if Harry forces him to choose, by laying into Camilla in his book, I have no doubt he will choose Camilla.”
International Business Times could not independently verify the information.
Buckingham Palace declined The Daily Beast’s request for comment on the claims.
Unnamed palace sources told the outlet that the guest list for the coronation is yet to be confirmed.
Vanity Fair royal editor Katie Nicholl, author of the new royal book “The New Royals,” echoed the same sentiment, telling The Daily Beast that she believes King Charles won’t tolerate any attacks on his wife.
“There is no doubt that Charles would like Harry and Meghan to be at his coronation. And to be fair to Charles, he has been magnanimous in terms of extending, very publicly, olive branches to the Sussexes, not only in his televised accession address but also putting them front and center at the funeral events,” the royal correspondent told the outlet.
“But he does expect respect in return, and a problem is going to arise if, between now and then, Harry repays him by attacking him, Camilla or the institution. He is not going to put up with inaccurate and unfair attacks,” she claimed.
Earlier this week, Buckingham Palace announced that King Charles’ coronation will take place on May 6, 2023, at Westminster Abbey in London. The monarch will be crowned alongside his wife Camilla in the traditional ceremony, which the palace said “will reflect the monarch’s role today and look towards the future.”
The date of the coronation falls on the fourth birthday of Prince Harry and Markle’s eldest child and the King’s grandson, Archie, which sparked speculations that it was a snub aimed at the Sussexes.
However, Nicholl told Entertainment Tonight that she believes the date is “definitely not a snub.”
“I think it’s very much a happy coincidence,” the royal expert said of the coronation falling on Archie’s fourth birthday. “Obviously, a huge amount of planning has to go into an important moment in history, such as a coronation, and the royal calendar is full of anniversaries and birthdays, so I think this is absolutely one of those occasions where it’s a coincidence and hopefully a happy coincidence.”
Meanwhile, the release of Prince Harry’s memoir, which was announced last year, was recently pushed back to next year in the wake of Queen Elizabeth II‘s death on Sept. 8.
According to reports, the book, which was previously believed to be coming out in November, was delayed out of respect for the Queen and in order to give Prince Harry time to make some changes.
It’s been speculated that Prince Harry wants to remove comments that could be deemed negative toward King Charles, Queen Consort and Prince William.
Prince Harry has not publicly commented on his highly anticipated memoir and its release since announcing that he was working on the book last year.
“I’m writing this not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become,” he said in a statement at the time. “I’m deeply grateful for the opportunity to share what I’ve learned over the course of my life so far and excited for people to read a firsthand account of my life that’s accurate and wholly truthful.”
Page Six also recently reported that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex want to edit the alleged docuseries they’re working on with Netflix, which could potentially push back its release.
According to the outlet, Prince Harry and Markle allegedly wanted to soften the content about the royal family in the documentary.