After Prince Harry’s Swipe at Royal Sources, More Briefings to U.K. Press

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s potential attendance at King Charles III’s coronation has led to briefings in British newspapers of the type the duke swiped at in interviews.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have reportedly been invited to the historic ceremony in May at which Charles and Queen Camilla can be topped at Westminster Abbey, on May 6, 2023, although there was no affirmation about whether or not they are going to attend.

Asked whether or not he would go, Harry advised ITV in January: “There’s a lot that can happen between now and then.”

Prince Harry and Meghan at Invictus
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are seen on the Invictus Games in The Hague, Netherlands, in April 2022. The couple haven’t confirmed whether or not they are going to attend the coronation.
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With no official verdict on whether or not the Sussexes can be on the coronation, studies attributed to unnamed sources have been circulating in British newspapers describing how Harry and Meghan would really like an apology.

U.Okay. broadsheet The Times, for instance, quoted a supply “close to the family” suggesting the royals don’t really feel an apology is owed. Another supply advised the newspaper the royals don’t acknowledge Harry’s model of occasions.

Meanwhile, The Daily Mail, whose writer the couple have sued extra instances than another, reported that unwell will is boiling over on each side.

Newsweek can’t attest to the precise supply of the quotes however Harry has made it clear in interviews how he perceives such tales.

Harry was requested on 60 Minutes why he was speaking publicly about personal household issues and stated: “Every single time I’ve tried to do it privately there have been briefings and leakings and planting of stories against me and my wife. You know, the family motto is never complain, never explain. But it’s just a motto. And it doesn’t really hold.”

“So now,” he continued. “Trying to speak a language that perhaps they understand, I will sit here and speak truth to you with the words that come out of my mouth, rather than using someone else, an unnamed source, to feed in lies or a narrative to a tabloid media that literally radicalizes its readers to then potentially cause harm to my family, my wife, my kids.”

“They will feed or have a conversation with the correspondent,” he advised Anderson Cooper. “And that correspondent will literally be spoon-fed information and write the story. And at the bottom of it they will say that they’ve reached out to Buckingham Palace for comment.

“But the entire story is Buckingham Palace commenting. So once we’re being advised for the final six years, ‘We cannot put an announcement out to guard you.’ But you do it for different family members. It turns into… there turns into a degree when silence is betrayal.”

In other words, whatever the reality of negotiations over Harry and Meghan’s possible attendance, the mere presence of anonymous quotes in newspapers may add to already sour relations between the two sides.

Jack Royston is the chief royal correspondent at Newsweek, based in London. You can find him on Twitter at @jack_royston and read his stories on Newsweek‘s The Royals Facebook page.

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