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King Charles wished his grandson Prince Archie a very happy birthday ‘wherever he is’ during a private family gathering at Buckingham Palace after his and Queen Camilla’s coronation, on Daily mail reported.
Archie turned 4 on Saturday, the same day as the coronation. As his father, Charles’s son Prince Harry, attended the coronation ceremony in London, he left immediately afterwards for Heathrow Airport to return home for Archie’s birthday, as he had intended to do so for a long time. At the event, he had been seated in the third row, with connections including Princess Eugenie of York, and did not appear to have had any direct communication with Charles or his brother Prince William.
Communication between the brothers is said to be virtually non-existent since the publication of Harry’s best-selling memoir, Sparewhich revealed the full extent of Harry’s anger towards the Royal Family, and in particular the deterioration of the brothers’ relationship, including a confrontation when William allegedly pushed Harry into a dog bowl.
Guests at the Palace reception on Saturday reportedly included Camilla’s close family, as well as Kate Middleton’s family.
“It was apparently a very sweet moment.”
— royal source
THE To post reported that while most of the royals “breathed a sigh of relief” that Harry wasn’t at the event, Charles seemed “really quite disappointed that he didn’t stay”. He raised a glass to William and Kate Middleton’s three children, before toasting “those who weren’t there”, wishing Archie a happy birthday “wherever he is”.
“It was apparently a very sweet moment,” a royal source told the To post.
Harry reportedly landed in California at 7:30 p.m. local time on Saturday, rushing home so he could be there on Archie’s birthday. Archie’s birthday party was ‘low key’ and featured a lemon cake that Meghan baked with fruit from their garden in Montecito, the Mail on Sunday reported, adding that some of the couple’s famous friends were said to have attended the “small intimate gathering”, as well as Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland.
A source told the Mail on Sunday that Meghan “stayed home to celebrate Archie’s birthday because she thought it would be inauthentic to do anything else,” adding, “She wanted to minimize the drama.”