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Prince Harry and William ‘have no plans for a reconciliation meeting’ when Duke of Sussex visits for Charles’ coronation even after King’s ‘heartfelt’ talk with his youngest son

Prince William has no plans to reunite with his younger brother when the Duke of Sussex visits the UK for the King’s Coronation, reports say.

Royal analysts revealed that Harry, 38, had a heartfelt talk with his father on Saturday in an attempt to ease tensions, but has not addressed the ongoing dispute with William.

It is also understood that there will be no time for the pair to meet during Harry’s trip for the May 6 event, The Sun reported.

Ingrid Seward, editor of Majesty Magazine, told the newspaper that the royals all have ‘really tight schedules’ and she thinks Harry addressing his relationship with William is ‘for another time’.

Prince William has no plans to reunite with his younger brother when the Duke of Sussex visits the UK for the King's coronation, reports say. The pair are pictured together in July 2021 Prince William has no plans to reunite with his younger brother when the Duke of Sussex visits the UK for the King's coronation, reports say. The pair are pictured together in July 2021

Prince William has no plans to reunite with his younger brother when the Duke of Sussex visits the UK for the King’s coronation, reports say. The pair are pictured together in July 2021

Royal analysts claim Harry, 38, had a heartfelt talk with his father on Saturday, but has not addressed the ongoing dispute with William. It is also understood that there will be no time for the pair to meet during the trip. Pictured: Harry, Meghan, William, Kate and Charles in 2020 Royal analysts claim Harry, 38, had a heartfelt talk with his father on Saturday, but has not addressed the ongoing dispute with William. It is also understood that there will be no time for the pair to meet during the trip. Pictured: Harry, Meghan, William, Kate and Charles in 2020

Royal analysts claim Harry, 38, had a heartfelt talk with his father on Saturday, but has not addressed the ongoing dispute with William. It is also understood that there will be no time for the pair to meet during the trip. Pictured: Harry, Meghan, William, Kate and Charles in 2020

The royal analyst noted it would be ‘nice’ for Harry to ‘stick around and be friendly’. However, it is understood that the Duke’s solo trip across the pond will be short.

‘Out of politeness you’d think Harry would want to mingle with his family no matter how difficult that might be for him,’ she said.

Ms Seward added that she is ‘glad’ Harry has spoken with Charles because it has ‘eased the path to rapprochement’.

William, 40, and Harry will see each other during the Coronation at Westminster Abbey on May 6. This is understood to be the first time the pair will face each other since Harry released his memoir, Spare, in January - which saw him brand his brother as his 'arch-nemesis' William, 40, and Harry will see each other during the Coronation at Westminster Abbey on May 6. This is understood to be the first time the pair will face each other since Harry released his memoir, Spare, in January - which saw him brand his brother as his 'arch-nemesis'

William, 40, and Harry will see each other during the Coronation at Westminster Abbey on May 6. This is understood to be the first time the pair will face each other since Harry released his memoir, Spare, in January – which saw him brand his brother as his ‘arch-nemesis’

She said: ‘Charles will welcome his son. I think his relationship with William is for another time.’ 

William, 40, and Harry will see each other during the Coronation at Westminster Abbey on May 6.

This is understood to be the first time the pair will face each other since Harry released his memoir, Spare, in January – which saw him brand his brother as his ‘arch-nemesis’.

Harry has also publicly called on his family to apologise to himself and Meghan for what they see as slights. 

Charles is said to be very pleased his youngest son is coming and his mood is described as ‘generally quite forgiving’, however, the Prince of Wales is understood to still feel betrayed and angry, particularly by the revelations in the memoirs. 

Sources have recently alleged the ‘gulf’ between the brothers, who were once as close as siblings could be, is now so large they cannot see how their relationship can ever be repaired. 

It is also reportedly unlikely that the pair will have a sit down – which insiders have previously claimed that Harry demanded.

William had no contact with his brother when he came over with Meghan and the children for Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations last year.

And the brothers barely spoke at her funeral later in the year, meeting briefly when William invited him and Meghan to join him and Kate to meet the public and view the flowers outside Windsor Castle.

 

Royal Family members on the day of the Queen's funeral in London on September 19, 2022 Royal Family members on the day of the Queen's funeral in London on September 19, 2022

Royal Family members on the day of the Queen’s funeral in London on September 19, 2022

But the King hopes his Coronation can heal some of those wounds. He will also use the historic event to bring his younger brother Prince Andrew in ‘from the cold’.

His ex-wife Sarah, the Duchess of York, is not invited and will watch the Westminster Abbey ceremony at home where she plans to hang bunting and chomp on coronation chicken sandwiches like millions of others.

One friend told The Daily Telegraph earlier this week that ‘there’s a warmth around the place and a proper rallying around the King, who in turn is showing some serious EQ [emotional intelligence] by ensuring the family is given the opportunity to pull together.’ 

The insider added: ‘All four siblings spent most of the Easter weekend together with assorted children and plus ones – including the Duchess [of York].

‘I suspect some Palace staff and parts of the media are well behind the curve in their understanding of this private family unity. The Duke [of York] stands four square behind the King.’

Sussex supporters said Harry understood that the Coronation is the biggest day of his father’s life and felt it was right to be present, despite his attacks on the family.

King Charles III and the Queen Consort during a visit to Malton, North Yorkshire, on April 5 King Charles III and the Queen Consort during a visit to Malton, North Yorkshire, on April 5

King Charles III and the Queen Consort during a visit to Malton, North Yorkshire, on April 5

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and then-Prince Charles at Westminster Abbey in March 2019 Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and then-Prince Charles at Westminster Abbey in March 2019

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and then-Prince Charles at Westminster Abbey in March 2019

Harry will attend his father’s Coronation alone, with Meghan set to remain in California with Prince Archie – who turns four that day – and Princess Lilibet, one.

The Duke is only planning on a flying visit, with sources close to the Sussexes indicating last week that he won’t even return to Buckingham Palace to gather with the rest of the family or take part in any further events over the Coronation weekend. 

Meghan’s biographer Omid Scobie tweeted: ‘Expect it to be a fairly quick trip to the UK for Prince Harry.’ 

His decision to attend the Westminster Abbey Coronation service is viewed as a potential olive branch by royal insiders, following an earlier demand that his family should apologise to him and Meghan if they were to consider coming.

But he is not expected to take part in the procession after the service or join other members of the Royal Family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, or for other celebrations.

Sources told The Daily Mail that the decision by Meghan to remain in the US with the couple’s two young children had come as a relief in some circles, following fears her presence could have heightened family tensions.

The late Queen Elizabeth II, Charles, Camilla, William, Kate, Harry and Meghan attend the Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey on March 9, 2020 The late Queen Elizabeth II, Charles, Camilla, William, Kate, Harry and Meghan attend the Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey on March 9, 2020

The late Queen Elizabeth II, Charles, Camilla, William, Kate, Harry and Meghan attend the Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey on March 9, 2020 

It is also understood there was real concern in the Sussex camp about the public reception the couple would have received if they attended the Coronation together.

Friends, including Mr Scobie, suggested her decision was largely due to the Coronation falling on the same day – May 6 – as Archie’s fourth birthday.

The couple had delayed answering their invitation for weeks, causing difficulties for organisers tasked with complex seating plans, transport and security for senior members of the Royal Family, world leaders and other dignitaries.

Sources described the negotiations as a game of ‘transatlantic ping pong’, and Harry was said to have wanted numerous assurances about arrangements.

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