Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, has recently spoken up about the challenges she faced during a walkabout with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in the aftermath of Queen Elizabeth II’s death. Two days after the monarch’s passing, the walkabout saw thousands of mourners gather outside Windsor Castle to pay their respects and lay flowers.
The princes and their wives, who had not been seen together since Prince Philip’s funeral in April 2021, emerged side-by-side to view the letters and floral tributes left for Her Majesty. The move was meant to present unified front-and-end rumors of a couple’s rift.
New Book Details Royal Moments Never Heard Before
However, according to veteran royal correspondent Robert Johnson’s new book, Our King, Kate Middleton found the joint walkabout “one of the hardest things” she has ever had to do.
Johnson claims that the Duchess admitted to a senior royal that there was considerable ill feeling between the two couples, making the reconciliation for the walkabout a significant struggle for her.
In his book, Johnson also delves into other royal moments that have not been widely known, including Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to step down from royal duties and later move to California.
The book highlights the late Queen’s confusion at her grandson and his wife’s criticism of the royal family in their multi-million dollar media projects, calling their behavior “quite mad.”
Following Prince Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey, where he alleges a royal member had privately raised concerns about the color of his son Archie’s skin before his birth, Charles and William have reportedly decided not to risk being alone with Harry.
However, King Charles is said to be holding out an “olive branch” to his youngest son, who is expected to attend his father’s coronation on May 6th in London. Meghan’s attendance, however, is still being determined.
Coronation plans for King Charles
In anticipation of King Charles’ coronation, plans have been made for the balcony appearance at Buckingham Palace.
According to royal insiders, the newly coronated King and his wife, Camilla, will be joined on the balcony by 15 family members to watch the flypast over Buckingham Palace.
However, the lineup will be strictly limited to working royals, keeping with King Charles’ vision of a “slimmed-down” British monarchy. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will not be present on the balcony.
Prince William and Kate will appear beside the newly crowned king and queen, along with their children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.
Other working royals in attendance include Prince Edward and Sophie, the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, Princess Anne and her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the Duke of Kent and his sister Princess Alexandra, as well as the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.
According to a source, “There is little room for sentiment, this is a State occasion, not a family occasion, and it is right that only the working members of the family are there at the big public moment.”