King Charles is said to have asked the Archbishop of Canterbury to broker a deal between his two warring sons so Prince Harry can attend his coronation.
The British monarch has asked Justin Welby – who will officiate the coronation – to help mediate tensions between Prince William, 40, and Prince Harry, 38, ahead of the celebration in May, the Daily Mail have been told. sources close to Lambeth Palace.
Insiders have said Prince William wanted his younger brother and his wife Meghan Markle away from Westminster Abbey after Prince Harry’s tell-all bombshell memoir ‘Spare’ was released.
The heir to the throne is said to have feared the drama-ridden couple could overshadow King Charles’ monumental moment.
King Charles, however, believes the couple’s absence will only cause more drama than their presence, insiders have said – although he has previously claimed he has ‘no appetite’ to engage with Harry.
In exchange for their attendance, the monarch, 74, would be willing to offer them a high-level seat in the abbey or an informal assurance that he will be able to retain his titles, sources have told the Mail.
“The family is divided and everything indicates that Harry is advised not to agree to anything at this stage and to ‘play long’ until the last minute, which makes negotiations with him very difficult,” said the anonymous insider. the exit.
“Harry’s camp has made it clear that the idea that he would just attend the coronation and behave well, but then be stripped of his titles was a total non-starter,” the source continued.
“While he may decide at some point to give up his titles of his own free will, he objects to the idea of being forcibly stripped of them.”
Harry also “resents being grouped with Andrew” as two “problem princes,” the insider said.
The palace declined to comment, but a source close to Prince William said they were unaware of any such negotiations.
Harry and Markle did not say whether they would attend the coronation, but if they did they would only attend as guests.
Sources said last month that King Charles had ruled the Duke of Sussex out of the ceremony altogether.
Prince William reportedly has no desire to reconcile with his brother after the rogue royal sensationally claimed in his memoir that the future king grabbed him by the collar and threw him to the ground during a argument about Markle.
Yet despite the release of the book and a documentary about the traditionally low-key royal family, Prince Harry has said he wants to work things out with his brother and father.
“They have shown no willingness to reconcile,” according to the Duke of Sussex.