Normally, the coronation would be a celebratory event that King Charles had been preparing for all his life. It is the event with which he can step out of the shadow of the overpowering Queen in front of the whole world.
Only there is a danger that the reign of Charles III. not with dignity, but with a mud fight. The reason is his son Harry and his wife - supporters of the monarchy accuse the renegade couple of making a living by soiling the royal family.
The Daily Mail now reports that the king wishes to have Harry present at the coronation. However, heir apparent William is said to be skeptical. He fears his brother will use the opportunity for a PR stunt to draw everyone's attention.
A difficult situation, the king should plan his own big TV interview in which he intends to reveal how he wants to lead the monarchy in the future. A state-supporting topic that will hardly penetrate the public if Harry starts his tirade.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is supposed to solve the dilemma. He should negotiate a deal that would allow the Duke and his wife Meghan to attend the ceremony, the paper said, citing high-level sources close to Lambeth Palace.
The plans give a deep insight into the condition of the royals. Charles is not said to be primarily driven by fatherly love. He fears that if Harry is not invited, he will try to sabotage the coronation anyway. So let the Archbishop involve him. According to the sources, a real deal is planned. Harry wasn't just to be promised a prominent seat at the abbey. Underhand, he would be promised that he could keep his titles. That would be an incentive to participate. Harry's public statements led to staunch royalists demanding that Charles strip him of all titles.
A source told the newspaper: "The key question is whether they will attend the coronation, and if so, under what conditions. The family is divided and everything indicates Harry will be advised not to accept anything at this stage and playing for time up to the last minute, which makes negotiating with him very difficult."
Harry's advisors have said the idea that he should just attend the coronation and be good, and then the king would collect his titles, was an "absolute no go". However, a voluntary waiver at a later date is conceivable.
While Harry's memoirs are selling well, his image in the UK is not the best. Harry is said to be appalled that he is being lumped together with his uncle Andrew, who is accused of sexual abuse, and both are considered "problem princes".
So far, the king has remained silent on the allegations in the memoir, but is said to be "angry" at his son's attacks on his wife Camilla. The problem is not the moderate passages in the book, but the statements Harry made in television interviews, here he called Camilla "dangerous" and a "scoundrel".
The upcoming task is already giving the Archbishop sleepless nights. Welby openly admitted that he had "nightmares" about it. "I think two nights ago I dreamed that we had come to the point of putting the crown on the king's head and that I forgot the crown at Lambeth Palace. Now how have I got the crown at Lambeth Palace guarded by half an army? I have no idea. I looked around and the king looked at me. A nightmare."
Those: Daily Mail