Prince Harry and King Charles

Prince Harry was ‘comfort’ for King Charles during funeral as monarch wanted son ‘close’

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were seated in a “place of honour” at the Queen’s funeral, directly behind King Charles III and Queen Camilla, signalling a “sign of favour” for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Christina Garibaldi and Christine Ross, hosts of the Royally Us podcast, argued that the monarch wanted his son “close”.

Ms Garibaldi said: “A lot of people were saying that it was a snub to have him [Harry] behind King Charles at Westminster Abbey. A lot of people were also saying that he wasn’t singing ‘God Save The King’. There’s always this sort of speculation.”

Ms Ross added: “I actually think Prince Harry being right behind his father kept them quite close. That front row was the Queen’s children who were bearing tremendous grief — this was their mother.

Prince Harry and King Charles

Harry was sat directly behind his father during the funeral service (Image: Getty Images)

Funeral service

Harry and Meghan were seated in places ‘of honour’ (Image: Getty Images)

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Prospects of reconciliation between the Sussexes and the rest of the Royal Family following the Queen’s death appeared short-lived as there was little interaction during the Queen’s funeral.

And now a royal expert has said Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will go back to California “fuming” after the Royal Family showed “very little sympathy towards them” following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

“And I actually think Harry being behind his father was actually a comfort for King Charles.”

Ms Garibaldi added: “I actually thought so too. I didn’t think it was a snub at all. You couldn’t get any closer to the King unless you were sitting right next to him.”

Later in the podcast, the hosts spoke to royal historian and commentator Gareth Russell. He argued the Prince and his wife Meghan Markle were given a “place of honour” at the state funeral.

He said: “That’s the etiquette. If you know what the etiquette is, it actually is a place of honour. To be the one behind the king is actually a sign of favour.”

Members of the Royal Family are traditionally seated in accordance with the hierarchy during official events. During the service of thanksgiving held at St Paul’s Cathedral on June 3 to mark the Platinum Jubilee, the Sussexes sat in the second row, next to other non-working members of the Firm including Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank.

Royal Family at funeral service

The royals are usually seated based on the pecking order (Image: Getty Images)

Mr Russell urged people not to consider Harry and Meghan snubbed by where they were located during the funeral service, and suggested the focus of the seating plan may have been on the Queen’s children rather than her grandchildren, particularly paying tribute to Charles’ sister, Princess Anne, who has dedicated decades to the Queen and the Firm.

Harry’s relationship with his father has been highly publicised in recent years, following the exit of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their subsequent media interviews. There has been a reported distance between the two royals.

According to Mr Russell, “the King very much does want reconciliation between himself and Prince Harry,” adding, “hopefully we’re going to see a Palace administration under Charles III that perhaps is a bit more flexible about things”.

He continued: “I think most people are hopeful that the family will unite.”

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Meghan and Harry stepped down from their roles in the Royal Family in 2020. (Image: Getty Images)

Tina Brown, author of ‘The Palace Papers’, has claimed the Royal Family needs the Sussexes to come back. On Tuesday, she told ITV’s Lorraine: “I do think the royal family needs them (the Sussexes). There’s a lot of work to be done.

“And Kate does not want to be spending her time travelling the world. She’s a mother with three children.”

She continued: “As the Sussexes are. They have to somehow divvy this stuff up and Harry has a big role to play if he wants to come in and do it.

“The question is of course whether Meghan wants to because she absolutely hated every bit of it.”

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry hope to return to the UK as “six-month part-time royals” under King Charles, a royal author has claimed.

The Sussexes stepped back from royal life in 2020 and have lived in the USA since with their two children.

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Ms Brown admitted that there are certain details that may put a return on hold, namely the Prince’s highly-anticipated memoir. She said: “I think unless he does give up his book and these tell-all documentaries then there can be no trust.”

She added: “They should definitely make that compromise. If Harry doesn’t want to bin the book then I don’t see a way forward. Which would be very sad.”

Grieving the loss of Elizabeth II has seemingly brought the Royal Family together to some extent. Just days after her death, Harry and Meghan joined the new Prince and Princess of Wales on a surprise walkabout outside Windsor Castle.

Prince William reportedly extended the olive branch to his younger brother and his wife, inviting them to greet well-wishers and read tributes left at the gates.

Charles, William and Harry during funeral procession

Charles, William and Harry took part in the solemn processions (Image: Getty Images)

At the chapel in Windsor, Harry and Meghan were seated between Princess Charlotte and Isla Phillips, one of Princess Anne’s granddaughters.

Meghan and Harry, who relocated to California in March 2020, were already in the UK when the Queen died as they were taking part in events linked to charities “close to their hearts”.

They have now returned to the US to be reunited with their children, Archie and Lilibet, who they had not seen in person since September 3.


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