New year, same feud.
Although the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have consistently turned down Charles III's invitations to royal events, the pair could be reaching out to him for help behind the scenes. This is despite the monarch snubbing the California transplants for two years running in his Christmas speeches to Britain and the Commonwealth. But Team Sussex does not seem to be done with their royal connections just yet, even though the King has the upper hand in the feud.
"Obviously, King Charles wants to see his son and his grandchildren, and last summer he apparently invited them to Balmoral, which they turned down. Meghan and Harry need the King and his blessing far more than the King needs them, sadly, so I feel we will be seeing them," veteran royal commentator Ingrid Seward told an outlet.
In his second Christmas address, the monarch stated that the holiday season should be "a chance for family and friends to come together across generations," in what some felt was a pointed jab at Harry and Meghan. It is believed His Majesty has not seen his Sussex grandchildren, Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet Diana, since the summer of 2022.
2023 kicked off with the release of Harry's long-awaited memoir, Spare, in January. The book became the fastest-selling nonfiction entry in history before unleashing a tsunami of controversy due to its claims. In it, the California Duke berated his brother, Prince William, and his sister-in-law, Kate, Princess of Wales, while also calling his stepmother, Queen Camilla, "dangerous" in her apparent ruthless bid to win good PR.
Harry attended his father's coronation on May 6 before quickly leaving Britain as soon as the ceremony ended. He chose not to stick around for the processions, Buckingham Palace balcony appearances, official photographs, or to share in the historical moment with his family behind palace walls. Meghan ignored her invitation to the event, which would become a trend as the year went on.
The "near catastrophic car chase," Duchess of Dior squashed rumor, the loss of Spotify and being called "f------ grifters," and much more led to the duo being labeled two of the year's "biggest losers."
"In 2020, the royal duo fled a life of ceremonial public service to cash in their celebrity status in the States. But after a whiny Netflix documentary, a whiny biography (Spare — even the title is a pouty gripe), and an inert podcast, the Harry and Meghan brand swelled into a sanctimonious bubble just begging to be popped," The Hollywood Reporter shared.
GBN interviewed Seward.