All eyes were on Prince Harry and Prince William at their father’s coronation over the weekend, after the brother’s reunited for the first time since Harry’s explosive memoir Spare was released.
In the novel, which hit shelves nearly four months ago, Harry wrote that tensions had been brewing with his older brother for quite some time, even alleging that William attacked him over an argument about his now-wife, Meghan Markle.
Onlookers hoping for signs of a truce at the King’s coronation were disappointed to see that the royal brother’s did not interact during the ceremony, and apparently barely crossed paths during Harry’s short trip to the UK at all.
Signs of the rift were apparent from the brothers’ separate entry to Westminster Abbey, with William arriving with wife, Kate Middleton, and youngest children, Charlotte and Louis, and Harry entering alone.
Inside the church, they were seated separately, with Harry three rows back with his cousins Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice, and their husbands, Jack Brooksbank and Edoardo Paelli Mozzi.
Following the ceremony, Harry did not join the royal procession back to Buckingham Palace, nor did he appear with the other royals on the palace balcony, with this photo op apparently reserved for working senior royals only.
According to Vanity Fair, Harry headed straight from the coronation to the airport, to catch a flight back to Montecito, California, where he lives with Meghan and their two children, Archie and Lillibet. While it is unclear exactly why Meghan and the children didn’t attend the coronation, it is thought to be because the historic event was scheduled for the same day as Archie’s fourth birthday.
A friend of the couple told People that Meghan had planned a “low-key party at home” on the day of the coronation, with her mother Doria Ragland.