King Charles has made a brutal snub to his former brother-in-law, Earl Spencer, by leaving him off the coronation guest list.
The move is believed to have shocked many members of Princess Diana’s family, who presumed William and Harry’s uncle would be invited.
At Princess Diana’s funeral at Westminister Abbey in 1997, Earl Spencer swore in his historic address, vowing to always look after her sons.
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According to a report from the Independent, the King’s failure to invite Princess Diana’s brother will revive tension between the Diana and Camilla fans who bitterly oppose one another.
Especially after the break up of his marriage and his renewed relationship with Camilla.
Reports at the time claimed that Diana felt scorned about their pairs renewed relationship.
And the publication highlighted the irony for Diana’s family, as the late princess would have been crowned Queen today had they remained married.
A friend said: “What’s galling is that Earl Spencer may well have turned down the invitation for obvious historic reasons, but this brutal exclusion left no option for any elegant diplomacy.”
Another close friend said: “It is pretty brutal, even though it would have been tricky for him had he been invited. But that would have allowed him to decline rather than being dropped and snubbed.”
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The lack of an invitation comes after the King decided not to invite many of the aristocratic old guard – including 24 dukes who were key attendees at Queen Elizabeth’s coronation in 1953.
While celebrities such as Ant and Dec, singer Nick Cave, and magician Dynamo have been given space on the guest list.
Experts believe that the decision to leave Early Spencer, godson of the late Queen, signifies a new power shift in the Royal Family.
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The new Queen’s ex-husband, Brigadier Andrew Parker-Bowles, is among the guests attending.
The publication added that another unexpected name missing from the guest list is former in-law, the Duchess of York – despite still sharing a home with Prince Andrew.
The Duchess of Sussex was invited to attend but declined and is staying in California with Prince Archie, who turns four on the day of the coronation, and Princess Lilibet.
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