While all the current focus may be on whether or not Prince Harry will make it back home for the celebrations to mark the queen’s platinum jubilee this summer, a new “red line” has emerged: Harry may refuse to attend his father’s coronation as king if “Queen Camilla” is anointed next to him.
It is customary for a new king and queen to be anointed and crowned in a joint ceremony, and given that Charles is known to have longed for many years for his wife to be made queen, a wish recently granted by the current monarch, it seems unlikely he would agree to a watering-down of her status by holding a separate coronation for her.
The revelation emerged in the British magazine Private Eye. Although the publication is famous for its mock news articles and comedic covers, it also has a stellar reputation for investigative journalism and insider gossip.
The report in Private Eye, which is not available in full online, said: “One red line has recently emerged, however. Harry has no intention of attending his father’s coronation if Camilla is to be anointed and crowned just a few feet from where his mother’s coffin lay in Westminster Abbey.
“[The queen] may have given her blessing to Camilla becoming queen consort, but Harry refuses to bend.”
In a written message marking the 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne, the queen said: “When, in the fullness of time, my son Charles becomes King, I know you will give him and his wife Camilla the same support that you have given me; and it is my sincere wish that, when that time comes, Camilla will be known as Queen Consort as she continues her own loyal service.”