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Business News/ News / Prince Harry was a complete 'outsider' at King Charles's coronation, ‘He came alone, left alone’
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Prince Harry was a complete 'outsider' at King Charles's coronation, ‘He came alone, left alone’

The unhappy Duke of Sussex was seated two rows behind his brother, which was not to his satisfaction.

From left, 3rd and 4th row, Prince Andrew, Princess Beatrice, Peter Phillips, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Zara Tindall, Princess Eugenie, Jack Brooksbank, Mike Tindall and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, left to right 2nd row, the Earl of Wessex, Lady Louise Windsor, the Duke of Gloucester, the Duchess of Gloucester, the Princess Royal Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, Prince Michael of Kent, Princess Michael of Kent, 1st row, the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh at the coronation ceremony in Westminster Abbey, London, Saturday May 6, 2023. (Yui Mok, Pool via AP) (AP)Premium
From left, 3rd and 4th row, Prince Andrew, Princess Beatrice, Peter Phillips, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Zara Tindall, Princess Eugenie, Jack Brooksbank, Mike Tindall and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, left to right 2nd row, the Earl of Wessex, Lady Louise Windsor, the Duke of Gloucester, the Duchess of Gloucester, the Princess Royal Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, Prince Michael of Kent, Princess Michael of Kent, 1st row, the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh at the coronation ceremony in Westminster Abbey, London, Saturday May 6, 2023. (Yui Mok, Pool via AP) (AP)

After King Charles III's coronation ceremony, he and his queen rode off in a lavish horse-drawn carriage to their palace, bringing the ancient pageantry to a fairy-tale ending.

As per a report by AP, The king's eldest son and heir, Prince William, accompanied by his family, including his 9-year-old son, Prince George, who is next in line for the throne, followed closely behind.

On the day of his father's coronation, Prince Harry, the youngest son of the king, was not present. He arrived and left Westminster Abbey alone, without any family members by his side.

The unhappy Duke of Sussex was seated two rows behind his brother, which was not to his satisfaction.

The reason for Prince Harry's exclusion from the family and sitting two rows behind his brother could be attributed to his decision to step down from his royal duties, which resulted in his loss of status as a senior member of the family.

Additionally, the Prince's best-selling memoir, "Spare," in which he shared grievances and palace secrets, caused a rift between him and his father and brother, leading to his isolation from the family.

It seems that those who were hoping for a reconciliation between Prince Harry and his brother during the coronation would have been disappointed.

There was no interaction or communication between the siblings throughout the ceremony, suggesting that their relationship remains strained.

After months of speculation about whether he would attend, it was announced about three weeks ago that Harry would come alone, leaving behind his wife, Meghan, and their two young children at their Southern California home.

Harry and Meghan, who is biracial, left royal life and moved to the U.S. in 2020 after complaining about intense scrutiny and racist attitudes from the British press.

In a six-part Netflix series, they lobbed other criticisms at the royal family, alleging racial bias. In January, Harry dropped his bombshell book dishing family dirt along with intimate details about losing his virginity behind a pub at 17, taking drugs and killing enemies in Afghanistan.

The book was particularly unflattering toward his stepmother, Camilla, who was once blamed for wrecking his father's marriage to his mother, the late Princess Diana. He accused Camilla of leaking private conversations to the media to rehabilitate her own image after marrying Charles.

Buckingham Palace had announced before the coronation that Harry and the king’s brother, Prince Andrew, would not have any role in the service.

Andrew, the Duke of York, relinquished royal duties after revelations about his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. He was later stripped of his honorary military titles and patronages and settled a lawsuit with a woman who said she was forced to have sex with him when she was a teenager.

William played a prominent role, kneeling at his father's feet, pledging his loyalty and then kissing him on the cheek. George served as page boy, helping to carry the train of his grandfather's robes.

Harry entered the cavernous church in a black custom Dior three-piece suit with coattails. An honorary cross hung around his neck and military medals were pinned to the left side of his chest. He nodded, waved and spoke a few words to clergy and several guests already seated.

He proceeded along behind his cousin, Princess Eugenie and her husband, Jack Brooksbank, who followed her father, Andrew. They all sat in the same row.

During the two-hour spectacle, keen attention was focused on Harry by the media and royal watchers. He appeared to join the congregation in one of many refrains of “God save the king" during the pomp- and music-filled ceremony.

Some British tabloids even consulted professional lip-readers to interpret what Harry was saying.

The Daily Mirror revealed that it appeared he said, “hello," “morning" and “nice to see you" when he entered the church.

Harry has vowed to make media reform part of his mission in life. He has filed several lawsuits against the publishers of British tabloids for a phone-hacking scandal dating back more than a decade.

On Wednesday, Harry's legal battle against the Mirror publisher began in the High Court, and he is scheduled to testify in June.

Following the coronation ceremony, Harry was spotted waiting for a car and was later seen at Heathrow Airport.

He was reportedly headed back to celebrate his son Archie's fourth birthday. Meanwhile, King Charles III and Queen Camilla emerged onto the balcony of Buckingham Palace to greet the crowd, accompanied by William, Kate, their three children, and other senior members of the royal family.

(With inputs from Associated Press)

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Published: 07 May 2023, 07:14 AM IST
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