King Charles: Strategic approach with Sussexes has proven itself before
King Charles has jumped over his shadow. Despite severe attacks against members of the royal family, he invited his son Prince Harry and daughter-in-law Duchess Meghan to his coronation. A peace strategy that the monarch is said to have used in a similar way in previous scandals within his own ranks.
Chapeau! King Charles, 74, shows greatness – or is it an expression of helplessness? When it was officially confirmed that the monarch had actually sent an invitation to his coronation ceremony on May 6, 2023 in London’s Westminster Abbey in California, there was either a nod of approval or an uncomprehending shake of the head from royal observers: inside.
After the massive attacks by Prince Harry, 38, and Duchess Meghan, 41, against family, monarchy and the British press, the heir to the throne took the step requested by his son. An act of rapprochement – and perhaps a strategy that is not so unknown to the elder of the late Queen Elizabeth, † 96. Irish historian and author Gareth Russell, at least, sees a familiar pattern in the Regent’s approach.
King Charles was already acting as a mediator in another family affair
Charles had played the peacemaker before. At that time he wanted to bring his great-uncle, the abdicated King Edward VIII, †77, and his wife Wallis Simpson, †89, back into the bosom of the family. After the monarch passed the scepter to his brother Prince Albert, later King George VI, †56, in 1936 because the British government spoke out against his desire to marry the American, who was already divorced, for political and moral reasons, he went to France pulled. The break with the crown made it possible for him to marry his great love. But between Edward and the family, a seemingly almost insurmountable gulf developed. Apparently only one person still dared to go near the rebellious uncle: Charles, the then Prince of Wales, who only wanted one thing: reconciliation.
“It has actually been a recurring theme in his life. I found that in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when Charles was quite young, he was one of the only members of the royal family willing to going to Paris to visit his great-uncle Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson,” Russell told US Weekly. However, the Queen’s son was not on a secret mission, but also put the cards on the table at Buckingham Palace: “He said to the Queen Mother and the Queen: ‘I think we should try to build bridges between that side of the family. ‘”
actions instead of words
Apparently, from an early age, Charles had a desire to overcome alienation within his circle. “So there’s a history of Charles doing things like that, and in that sense it’s consistent with what we know about him as a person,” the historian said, adding to the current situation with the Sussexes.
In his view, the king has chosen a tactic that should not only heal family wounds, but could also ward off damage to the monarchy. “I also think you catch more with honey than with vinegar,” says Russell. “If one side is perceived, rightly or wrongly, as the one who’s complaining and has given a whole series of interviews saying the same thing, then it’s a very sensible PR move not to say anything. ” Charles walks the talk, not words. He takes a step towards the supposedly rebellious son and his wife.
“Never complain, never explain” [zu Deutsch: “Beschwere dich nie, erkläre dich nie”] was the motto of the Windsors during the lifetime of the Queen Mum, who died in 2002 at the age of 101. Charles has also internalized that. “Or if you say something, it’s something positive, and I think it’s a mixture of the personal and the pragmatic that led him to take this step,” says Russell.
Battle for Prince Harry has many dimensions
Looking back, one can say that the peace efforts of the then prince for Edward and Wallis were not necessarily crowned with success. The former monarch, who was given the title Duke of Windsor after his abdication, rarely returned home with his wife from his self-imposed exile in France. There was no complete reconciliation with his relatives until his death in 1972.
However, one can assume that King Charles will struggle to reach an understanding with his youngest. For the sake of the bond with his son and his grandchildren Prince Archie, 3, and Princess Lilibet, 1, and last but not least to save the reputation of the monarchy.
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