Prince Harry Attends Coronation Without Royal Apology, Meghan and Kids Stay in California: Expert
According to a royal expert, Prince Harry has conceded to his family's wishes despite not receiving an apology.
Buckingham Palace announced that Prince Harry will be present at his father's coronation next month. However, Meghan Markle and their two children, 3-year-old Archie and 1-year-old Lilibet, will remain in California.
On a recent episode of Daily Mail Royals' "Palace Confidential," host Jo Elvin questioned Daily Mail Diary editor and broadcaster Richard Eden about whether Prince Harry had obtained the apology he sought from his family. The Duke of Sussex had previously stated that they would attend the coronation if they received an apology.
Eden responded, "No," adding, "From everything I heard, he hasn't, and I think this is him sort of giving in. You might remember there's a string of comments, you know, we have all these TV interviews he was giving, he was saying about how they needed to sit down and discuss things before they would even consider whether they would come. They wanted apologies [and] this type of thing. And from everything I've heard, you know that simply hasn't happened. And let's be clear, I think that's why Meghan isn't coming because they haven't got what they wanted."
The broadcaster surmised that their inability to secure the desired apology was likely the reason they "reluctantly" reached a compromise with the royal family, allowing Prince Harry to attend the event while the rest of his family stays in their Montecito mansion, valued at $14 million.
The Entertainment Times has not independently verified these claims.
In an interview with The Telegraph, Prince Harry revealed that the initial draft of his 400-page memoir was twice as long, leading to speculation that he had enough content for another book. He mentioned removing some passages about his father, King Charles, and brother, Prince William, stating, "I just don't want the world to know. Because I don't think they would ever forgive me."
He continued, "I'm willing to forgive you for everything you've done, and I wish you'd actually sat down with me, properly, and instead of saying, 'I'm delusional and paranoid,' actually sit down and have a proper conversation about this, because what I'd really like is some accountability. And an apology to my wife."
Meghan's choice to remain in California has garnered mixed reactions. Some supporters argue it was a "good decision" as she would not be welcome at the event.
Conversely, British socialite Lizzie Cundy, a former friend of Meghan's, labeled the Duke and Duchess of Sussex "selfish," telling Mirror U.K., "I think the two of them are utterly selfish. I find it really sad not just for Lilibet and Archie who are going to miss out on the biggest monumental day but for King Charles who yet again won't see his grandchildren, and they won't be able to enjoy this special day with him."