King Charles’ former butler claims that the late Queen Elizabeth “would have wanted” Prince Harry to be more involved in the Coronation.
Royal butler Grant Harrold, who worked for the king for seven years, made the claims while reflecting on Harry’s “awkward” appearance and rushed exit back to the US.
Following the Coronation of King Charles at Westminster Abbey on Saturday (May 6), he insists that the late monarch would have been saddened by Prince Harry’s absence during the balcony procession.
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Grant, also touches on the pressures William faced and why he believes Charles was wowed by the crowd’s support.
Speaking exclusively to Oddspedia, Grant reveals: “I think the whole thing would have been exactly how the late Queen wanted it to be, if she was there to give approval it would have been exactly how she would have wanted.
“I think the sad part from her point of view would have been not having Harry and Andrew on the balcony, but as non-working members of the Royal Family, that would have been a given.
“The only thing I would say to that and I’m a big supporter of the Royal family is that it would have been nice for Harry to be there.
“However, doing so, they risk people not approving and maybe Harry had also decided [he didn’t want to] and had to get back to [the US]. It seems extraordinary that he had to go back that quickly.”
Grant explained that the late Queen was very family-orientated and believed Harry being unable to wear his uniform alongside his absence would have saddened her.
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He added: “I don’t know who makes that decision, whether it was the King’s decision or the household’s or Harry’s, but I wondered what the Queen would make of that.
“She was very proud of her family and their military backgrounds. As far as the King and Queen go, however, and the whole service, I think she would have been over the moon.”
The former butler claims that he believes Harry felt awkward attending the momentous occasion solo – adding it was awkward to watch.
“Watching Harry walk up on his own because that’s how the procession goes, I felt awkward for him,” Grant said. “With everything that has gone on, there’s no way… he must have felt awkward.
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“When he came out, obviously Beatrice and Eugenie got on with Harry and were chatting with him. I don’t think other members of the Royal family would have ignored him, there’s no way that they wouldn’t have acknowledged him.”
He also believed that Harry and his wife Meghan Markle will need to “change tactics” moving forward throughout Charles's reign.
He said: “The Harry and Meghan bestselling Netflix drama will inevitably continue. I’d like to think it will stop, but I don’t see that stopping – it should, they should be trying to heal – but there’s always going to be that drama, sadly.
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“I don’t know what the end game is, I really understand that there are issues, it’s not just his family and it’s the organisation as such – I understand that, but what is Harry’s end game, what is he going to achieve? That’s the problem.
“If Harry thinks he can change [the monarchy], I just don’t think that’s going to happen.
“Eventually someone has to back down and give up, but I don’t think the household ever will.
"Maybe Harry and Meghan will have to change their tactics, maybe take some time out and rebuild their relationship? If they want to work in television, that’s fine, do the reality shows, but don’t drag in the family.”
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