EXCLUSIVE: A royal historian has claimed that the row between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Royal Family marks a “very dangerous point in Royal history which could be catastrophic if not handled properly.”
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He has argued that the Royal Family should distance themselves from the couple until the wounds have truly healed after Harry released his bombshell memoir Spare earlier this year.
Following its release in January, which saw the book become the fastest-selling non-fiction book in history, the Firm was reportedly incensed at the book’s contents.
Allegations fired towards senior members of the Royal Family included Harry getting involved in a physical altercation with his older brother Prince William, and Queen Camilla, Charles’ wife, displaying a coldness toward the younger sibling as he was not likely to ever be the monarch.
The Royal Family face a dilemma over whether Harry and Meghan might attend Charles’ coronation
And for Mr Lownie, Charles and those in the upper echelons of Buckingham Palace were caught between a “rock and a hard place… damned if they do, damned if they don’t”, particularly when it came to offering an olive branch to the Sussexes.
Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Mr Lownie said: “Tensions need to be de-escalated. The only solution will be freezing the Sussexes out.”
But he was certain that the Windsors would navigate the crisis, comparing it to some of the Firm’s other major scandals that rocked the corridors of royal power.
The author added: “There have been low points in Royal history before and it has survived – the Abdication, the 1992 ‘annus horribilis’, the Panorama interview (with Princess Diana) but here are senior members of the Royal Family trying to destroy (or they would say reform) the institution itself.
“Given the transition from the Queen to Charles was always going to be difficult this is a very dangerous point in Royal history which could be catastrophic if not handled properly.”
Relations soured within the Royal Family after Harry released Spare earlier this year
Debate as to whether Harry and Meghan show up has been fierce, with commentators and friends delivering their verdict on what the couple should do. This included Paul Burrell, who was Harry’s mother Diana’s former servant.
He told Harry to “stay in America” and “live a long and happy life” with Meghan and their two young children, Archie and Lilibet, as he will no doubt feel the full force of his father’s anger.
Mr Burrell told Closer Magazine: “The King’s wrath is yet to come down on his son. He has criticised the woman he loves in public.
“Harry and Meghan should stay in America and live a long and happy life there. There’s not a life for them here now. They’ve turned their back on the Royal Family, the country and the people of the country.”
King Charles III reportedly reached out to invite the Sussexes to his coronation via email
Another to wade into the row was Oprah Winfrey, who famously interviewed the couple during a bombshell interview for CBS and ITV two years ago.
When it emerged that the couple had received “email correspondence” regarding the Coronation earlier this year, a spokesperson for the couple confirmed, Oprah was quick to deliver her verdict.
Speaking to Gayle King on CBS Mornings show, Oprah said the Sussexes “should do what they feel is best for them and their family. That’s what I think”.
She added: “That’s what the bottom line comes down to. What do you feel like is the right thing for you? They haven’t asked me my opinion.”
Prince Harry and his close family in the days before he left Britain to start a new life
According to the Daily Mail, a source close to the Firm believes that Harry and Meghan would receive the “cold shoulder” were they to turn up. They argued that some inside Buckingham Palace “do not want to socialise” with the couple.
They added: “They will be given the cold shoulder by very many relatives. One said to me, ‘I hope they’ll be seated in Iceland’.
“Many of the family just want nothing more to do with them. If they have to see them at the Coronation then so be it, but they do not want to socialise with them.”
Though Harry and Meghan have been invited, the status of if their children are able to attend is still unknown. Staff, however, have been told to prepare for their likely arrival if their parents do join the festivities in May.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK