The estranged brothers, who had very different roles at the coronation ceremony, avoided public interaction during the historical event.
The Prince of Wales, the heir to the throne, dressed in a formal robe and paid homage to his father during the ceremony. He was also a part of the royal family’s procession to Buckingham Palace, where fellow family members appeared on the balcony for a military plane flypast.
By contrast, Harry, who appeared at Westminster Abbey in morning dress by Dior and his military medals, sat two rows behind his brother at Westminster Abbey, as he was not given any role in the ceremony or procession.
Instead, the duke was in the same row as his cousins, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice, and their respective husbands, Jack Brooksbank and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. Prince Andrew, who Harry spoke out against in his memoir, “Spare,” was also seated in the same row.
Harry was not invited to join the royal family for their Buckingham Palace balcony moment. Instead, he is heading back to California today to make it back in time for Prince Archie’s birthday.
While many still hope for reconciliation between the brothers, the two were last publicly seen together at Queen Elizabeth’s funeral in September.
Since the funeral, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have released their six-part Netflix docuseries, while Harry made bombshell claims about the royal family ― and specifically his relationship with his older brother ― in his bestselling memoir, “Spare.”
Kensington and Buckingham Palace did not issue a statement or publicly respond after Harry’s book came out earlier this year or when the Sussex’s Netflix series debuted late last year. William, however, did address one claim from Harry and Meghan’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2021.
In that interview, the two alleged that an unspecified member of Britain’s royal family had expressed racist concerns about their then-unborn son, Archie, and the color of his skin.
A reporter later asked William about the claim, and the Prince of Wales said the royals were “very much not a racist family.”