Fun fact for your next TIL Reddit post: Royal family feuds might have a pause feature, which could come in handy when monarchy milestones happen to coincide with a scorched earth memoir detailing a reportedly toxic and unsupportive environment for the new king’s youngest son. You know, just as an example off the top of my head, that could be a situation in which a royal feud pause button could come in handy.
Okay, so ^^^that^^^ was a gross oversimplification (sry, Charles), but according to royal expert Jonathan Sacerdoti, the idea of at least a temporary truce between the Sussexes and rest of The Firm ahead of King Charles’ coronation this spring is in the realm of possibility—albeit on the “very difficult” end of the things-that-are-technically-possible spectrum.
“I suspect that there are some efforts going on to try and make some form of reconciliation.…I think because they don’t want [family tensions] to upstage what’s going on on that very important day,” he told Us Weekly. “Whether or not that’s possible is one thing, and whether or not it’s lasting is another thing. Even if they do manage to make some form of peace, [it] might be temporary. I think it’s going to be extremely difficult for them as a family—and more broadly, for the nation and for the Institution—to forgive what’s happened.”
Specifically, Sacerdoti thinks Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s hopes that the royal family will apologize to them for, well, every “whoa that’s messed up” thing they’ve gone public with since their royal exit is going to be a sticking point when it comes to longterm peace talks.
“I think Harry and Meghan have said they’re expecting an apology, but I think there aren’t many people who agree that it’s due that way round,” Sacerdoti added. “Some of the individuals within [Spare]—the king, the queen and the Prince of Wales—all come out of that book so badly. They’re so broadly criticized by Harry, so nastily criticized in sections, that I think they could be feeling very sore about this.”
Apparently, in addition to the standard (and very human) hurt feelings we have to assume are involved for everyone involved, Sacerdoti suggested that the working royals might also take issue with apologizing on, essentially, constitutional grounds.
“But above all else, I think they might also be feeling that they just want to keep quiet because they don’t wanna provoke any more of this sort of thing, which is damaging not just to them emotionally and personally, but to the nation, because this is an attack effectively on part of the Constitution of Great Britain,” he explained.
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