Royal family in ‘peace talks to bring Harry back to his knees ahead of coronation’

The royal family could hold peace talks before the king's coronation later this year (Image: Getty)

The royal family could hold peace talks before the king’s coronation later this year (Image: Getty)

Prince Harry and the King may meet to settle their differences ahead of his coronation, a royal source claims.

It comes after Prince Harry last week released his explosive memoir, Spare, in which he made a series of bombastic claims about his relationship with his father and brother.

The Duke of Sussex has called for reconciliation in the past, saying he wanted “an apology” from his family.

But he said they have “showed absolutely no willingness to reconcile” since Meghan and Harry moved to the US and split from the Windsor family.

The reunion would have to take place before King Charles’ coronation on Saturday May 6, reports The Times.

A source said: “It will require flexibility on all sides but it can be done, it’s fixable.”

“It takes Harry over here, in the room with the King and Prince of Wales, some other family members, some of ‘his people’ that he trusts, who have always had his back so he doesn’t think he’s being mugged.


The Duke is hoping to reconcile with the family ahead of the King’s coronation (Image: Francis Dias/NEWSPIX INTERNATIONAL)

FILE - Britain's Prince Charles, center, with his sons Prince William, right, and Prince Harry pause outside Lancaster House for the media as they arrive in London February 13, 2014 to attend the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference. An explosive tract reveals many facets of Prince Harry, from grieving boy and troubled teenager to war soldier and unhappy king. From reports of cocaine use and losing his virginity to raw family rifts, ???Spare??? reveals deeply personal details about Harry and the wider royal family. It is dominated by Harry's rivalry with brother Prince William and the boys' deaths??? Mother, Princess Diana in 1997. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, Pool, File)

The relationship between Harry, William and the King is now on the razor’s edge (Image: AP)

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 10: A view of Prince Harry's memoir'Spare' on display at a bookshop in central London on the day of its official release in London, Britain on January 10, 2023 The Duke of Sussex commemorates the tragic death of his mother Princess Diana and tells his life story within the royal family and his marriage to Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. (Photo by Wiktor Szymanowicz/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Spare came out last week and has already become a bestseller (Picture: Getty)

“Someone like Elf [Ed Lane Fox, Harry’s former private secretary] and Christopher [Lord Geidt, the late Queen’s former private secretary who advised the Sussexes].

“Both sides have to put their hands up and admit that we didn’t do everything right and we did a lot wrong and we have to tell him, ‘We understand the pain you’ve been through’. The king can do it.’

Since the release of Harry’s memoir, which has become the best-selling non-fiction book to date, the King and Prince of Wales have continued their royal engagements in Scotland and Liverpool this week as usual.

But the memoir is harsh on his brother William, who is believed to be “burning inside” over his brother’s infidelity.

“He is loyal to the throne and understands what needs to be done for the country,” says the source, who also knows William well.

‘Not everyone here has been well behaved, but Harry needs to be able to sit down and say ‘we weren’t well behaved either’. That requires a lot of academic flexibility, which Harry isn’t very good at.’

The source believes a reconciliation must take place soon.

“We have to go ahead and have it ready by April. Then we have to bring in the wives. The king needs a clear path for the coronation.”

Another well-placed royal source agrees: “They have to invite her before the coronation or it’s going to be such a circus and distraction.”

Should such a reconciliation take place, there is speculation as to who would preside, with the Archbishop of Canterbury believed to be a reasonably trustworthy person.

Asked last month if a reconciliation was possible, Justin Welby said: “There is always a way forward. But it has to be at the right time.”

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph last week, Harry admitted his family would find it difficult to forgive his betrayal.

He said: “Some of the stuff I put in there, well, they’ll never forgive me anyway. But the way I see it, I’m ready to forgive you for everything you’ve done.’

In his memoirs, he insisted that he was not trying to overthrow the monarchy, but “to save it from itself”.

In the same interview, he said his “life’s work is to correct the very thing that has been driving us away” and to “fix” things: “When you’re trying to change an institution … it’s no easy task.” The scale of the challenge is enormous.”

But a former royal aide who has been in the eye of several previous royal storms said: “It’s a bump on the way. It’s not an abdication. When the Princess of Wales died, people said it would end the monarchy. It didn’t. That’s a knock, it’s not Armageddon.’

A close friend of William and Harry believes a reconciliation must take place for the good of both brothers.

“The silence was right for the moment, but that’s not going to go away.

“That needs to be resolved and neutralized so that when William has the top job, he’s not still snooping on his brother from the sidelines. I really don’t think this is the end of things.

‘Harry just can’t do without his brother.’

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