King Charles 'Saddened By The Estrangement' Between Himself, Lilibet & Archie, Insider Claims
King Charles is reportedly saddened by his lack of a relationship with Lilibet and Archie. Sources close to His Majesty revealed his love for his grandkids despite the ongoing feud between him and the Sussexes.
Since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry left the U.K. their children have had minimal interaction with Charles. Ultimately, the inability to have an active role in the toddlers' lives has made His Majesty melancholy.
"The whole thing with Harry is just desperately sad," an insider told an outlet. "And [Charles] is also very saddened by the estrangement from the children. But at least Harry attending the coronation is a chink of light. The door has not been totally slammed shut."
Although the monarch is upset, insiders claimed he wasn't "wallowing" in grief. "He is the king. He has plenty to occupy him,” said the friend. Even though Lilibet and Archie will be at home in Montecitio during his crowning, he is hopeful that Harry's attendance could open the door to resolution.
"The king is happy that Harry, his son, who he calls his 'darling boy,' will be at the Abbey. He wanted him there. It is sad, he is very disappointed that he won’t see Meghan or his grandchildren but understands the situation," a source shared.
The news of Harry returning to the U.K. alone didn't surprise royal experts. "Harry made the only decision he could, given the circumstances. Not showing up at all would have been the death knell of his relationship with the king and the rest of the royal family," royal expert Christopher Andersen shared in an interview.
"Regardless of all the bad blood between Harry and the rest of the family, at this particular moment in history the king above all wants to convey the resilience of the monarchy — and that requires an image of unity," Anderson shared. "I’m sure the Palace is blaming Meghan for the decision to remain in Montecito with the kids. But by the same token, without his wife’s express approval, Harry would never be making a solo appearance. It’s definitely a glass-half-empty or glass-half-full situation."
Insiders and Andersen spoke with The Daily Beast.
The source shared Charles' reaction to Harry's RSVP with The Sun.
Charles spoke with the BBC.