Prince Harry has been written out of King Charles’ Coronation script, it was claimed today, as royal insiders said Prince William is ‘burning with anger’ amid the bombshell revelations in the Duke of Sussex‘s memoirs.
In his new tell-all autobiography Spare, Harry made a series of sensational claims about his brother and father, describing the Prince of Wales as his ‘arch-nemisis’ and accusing the King of being worried he would be ‘overshadowed’ by Meghan’s Hollywood star power.
The Royal Family has thus far remained silent on the matter, refusing to respond to the Duke’s incendiary anecdotes, but the Sunday Times today said a royal source claimed Harry has been omitted from the proceedings of King Charles’ upcoming Coronation in May.
News of Harry’s removal from the ceremony comes as the Duke appeared on ITV this evening to speak about the guilt he felt following the death of his mother, the Princess of Wales, in 1997.
Prince Harry has been written out of King Charles’ Coronation script, it was claimed today. The coronation of King Charles III will take place on May 6, 2023 – In this file photo taken on May 10, 2022 Britain’s Prince Charles, Prince of Wales reacts after reading the Queen’s Speech as he holds it in his hands in the House of Lords Chamber during the State Opening of Parliament at the Houses of Parliament, in London
Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (L) and Britain’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the unveiling of a statue of their mother, Princess Diana at The Sunken Garden in Kensington Palace, London on July 1, 2021
‘Prince Harry has been written out of the script for the Coronation, with no official role in the service if he attends,’ the paper’s Royal Editor tweeted.
‘Breaking with tradition, Charles will scrap royal dukes kneeling and paying homage to the monarch. Only William will perform that role
‘As things stand, there is no role for Harry in the service,’ a royal source reportedly declared.’
MailOnline has approached Buckingham Palace and the Duke of Sussex’s representatives for comment.
Meanwhile, friends of William told the Sunday Times that the heir is ‘burning with anger’ but is also ‘anxious and sad’ over Harry’s comments, which one friend described as ‘cowardly’.
‘[William] won’t retaliate, he never would, because he’s dignified and unbelievably loyal,’ one friend said.
‘It’s cruel, cowardly and so sad for William to keep taking the punches. He’s keeping quiet for the good of his family and the country.’
Another said: ‘He’s anxious and he’s sad – he’s concentrating on his wife and his children… He’s handling it so well on the outside, inside he’s burning,’ before one other associate chipped in: ‘He’s not going to roll over.
Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex arrive to hold a vigil in honour of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Hall on September 17, 2022
As the royal insiders spoke out, Harry appeared on ITV this evening to detail his memories of meeting mourners following the death of his mother, Princess Diana.
The Duke said he and William were unable to show any emotion as they met the mourners.
‘Everyone thought and felt like they knew our mum, and the two closest people to her, the two most loved people by her, were unable to show any emotion in that moment,’ he told presenter Tom Bradby.
‘There were 50,000 bouquets of flowers to our mother and there we were shaking people’s hands, smiling,’ he recalled of the scene outside Kensington Palace following Diana’s death in 1997.
‘I’ve seen the videos, right, I looked back over it all. And the wet hands that we were shaking, we couldn’t understand why their hands were wet, but it was all the tears that they were wiping away.’
Harry also revealed that he cried once in the wake of his mother’s death – at her burial.
The Duke claimeed there was ‘some guilt that I felt, and I think William felt as well, by walking around the outside of Kensington Palace.’
In a separate teaser for an interview with Good Morning America, Harry added that the ‘rift’ in his relationship with his brother would make his mother ‘sad.’
Harry (pictured with Princess Diana and Prince William in 1995) appeared on ITV this evening to detail his memories of meeting mourners following the death of his mother
Undated handout screengrab issued by ITV of Prince Harry and Prince William meeting mourners following the death of their mother Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997
Prince Harry (pictured with William and now-King Charles at Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997) has recalled the moment he was told about his mother’s death by his father, whom he claims did not hug him while breaking the news
Spare revealed the brothers share a complex relationship, with Harry, 38, describing William, 40, as both his ‘beloved brother’ but also his ‘arch-nemisis’.
The Duke kept nothing back, laying bare his bitter frustrations over his role as the ‘spare’ to William, who is the heir to the throne.
Prince Harry’s highly anticipated memoir will be released in the UK on January 10, but copies have already leaked and the book was accidentally published early in Spain
In one sensational passage, Harry described a stand-up row that ended with the Prince of Wales grabbing him by the collar and throwing him to the floor, leaving him with ‘scrapes and bruises’ on his back after he landed on a dog bowl, shattering it.
The furious row allegedly broke out in the kitchen of his London home, Nottingham Cottage, in the grounds of Kensington Palace in 2019 – shortly before Megxit.
William is said to have branded Meghan ‘difficult’, ‘rude’ and ‘abrasive’ and insisted he was trying to help his younger brother during a meeting about ‘the whole rolling catastrophe’ of their failing relationship and Harry’s rows with the Press.
Harry accused his brother of ‘parroting the press narrative’ about his American wife before a screaming match ensued, ending in a physical altercation, the book claims.
Other excerpts described how William allegedly dogged Harry in the months leading up to his wedding to actress Meghan Markle, and detailed how the now-Prince of Wales forced his younger brother to go along with the ‘bare-faced lie’ that he was the best man at William’s wedding in 2011.
The Duke wrote: ‘Willy didn’t want me giving a best man’s speech’, claiming he was made to act out the role of best man to spare the blushes of Prince William‘s two closest friends.
In an extraordinary excerpt from his upcoming autobiography Spare, Harry recalls what he describes as a physical attack by his sibling, now the Prince of Wales, which he claims left him with visible injuries
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attend the One Young World Summit in Manchester on September 5, three days before the Queen tragically died
Harry was officially considered his brother’s best man at the nuptial and even travelled with his father and future King to Westminster Abbey in a Bentley that day.
But in ‘Spare’ the Duke declares the best man stunt was all for show and his brother’s friends, James Meade and Thomas Van Straubenzee, gave the traditional speech at the reception.
King Charles has been spared the flogging that befell William in Harry’s autobiography.
But in one bombshell excerpt from ‘Spare’, Harry claimed his father said that Meghan was not welcome at Balmoral on the day the Queen died.
The Duke wrote that his father instructed him not to bring his wife to visit the dying Queen Elizabeth II, citing ‘nonsensical and disrespectful’ reasons.
Enraged by Charles’ perceived snub, Harry retorted: ‘Don’t ever speak about my wife that way!’, prompting the now-King to offer an apology.
The Duke of Sussex arrived at Balmoral at 7.52pm, after the palace had issued a statement confirming the Queen’s death
King Charles told Prince Harry his wife was not welcome at Balmoral on the day the Queen died, he claims in his new book
Prince Harry, pictured with Meghan and the late Queen in 2018, revealed his emotional final words to his grandmother when he visited her body at Balmoral just hours after she passed away
In one other sensational claim, Harry accused his father of worrying he’d be ‘overshadowed’ by Hollywood star Meghan and voicing concerns about having to support her financially.
Harry said Charles warned him his family was ‘not made of money’, and he could not afford to support anyone else.
But Harry felt Charles’ concern was less rooted in economics and more to do with jealousy.
Royal sources, ahead of Harry’s hotly anticipated interview with Tom Bradby on Sunday evening, claimed the Royal Family are ‘completely exhausted’ with the ‘stream of misinformation’ from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
A royal insider told the Mirror: ‘It all feels very repetitive. Harry’s constant sniping is rather draining and he knows full well it is highly unlikely they will engage in a tit-for-tat battle of words.’
Another source added that the Duke’s claim that his family refused to reconcile with him was ‘unadulterated nonsense.’
Buckingham Palace has refused to comment on the trailer for Bradby’s interview which was filmed at a hired ranch in Montecito.
The Duke of Sussex, pictured here speaking to Tom Bradby, has hinted he wants to reconcile with his family in the UK
In the trailer, Harry says ‘it never needed to be this way’ and refers to ‘the leaking and the planting’ before adding: ‘I want a family, not an institution’.
He also says, in an apparent reference to the royals, ‘they feel as though it is better to keep us somehow as the villains’.
The comments are unlikely to help the frayed relationship between the Sussexes and the rest of the Firm which sources say is already ‘hanging by a thread’.
Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams said: ‘The interview Harry and Meghan gave on Oprah [in 2021] did very considerable damage to the Royal Family, especially the allegations of racism and issues dealing with Meghan’s mental health.
‘Over the last month, counting the new trailers about his forthcoming interviews about his memoir, Harry and Meghan have appeared in a two-part six episode docuseries for Netflix and no less than seven trailers, two for the first docuseries, three for the second and now two more.
‘The first overshadowed the second day of the Prince and Princess of Wales’ trip to Boston which was outrageous. This resembles a publicity circus which looks rather desperate.
‘Harry might like to get his brother and his father but must surely know giving this catalogue of woes even more exposure is not the way to do so.