King Charles' sad toast to grandson Prince Archie at coronation: 'Disappointed'
King Charles reportedly toasted Prince Archie during a private family gathering after his coronation on Saturday, the same day as his grandson's fourth birthday.
Prince Harry attended the coronation service but skipped out on other festivities in order to return home as quickly as possible to celebrate Archie's birthday with his family.
Charles was said to have been "genuinely quite disappointed" Harry didn't stay for the family lunch, according to the Daily Mail, but took some time to raise a toast to Archie to wish him a happy birthday.
The newly crowned King reportedly toasted Prince William's three children Prince George, who acted as a Page of Honour, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, who stole the show.
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He then toasted "those that weren't there", with the publication suggesting it was a clear nod to Harry and his family, with the King singling out Archie, wishing him a very happy birthday "wherever he was".
"It was apparently a very sweet moment," a source told the publication.
While Charles was sad to have missed time to catch up with Harry, other royals reportedly "breathed a sigh of relief" he and his wife Meghan Markle did not attend after sharing their versions of events surrounding their decision to leave the royal family with a Netflix documentary and Harry's memoir Spare.
Meghan chose to stay home in California and take care of Archie and his sister Princess Lilibet.
Harry's arrival at the coronation on Saturday was highly anticipated by royal fans, who were surprised to see him seated so far from his brother Prince William and sister-in-law Princess Kate.
The Duke of Sussex was seated three rows back, between Jack Brooksbank and Princess Alexandra – Queen Elizabeth II's cousin.
Senior working royals, including the Prince and Princess of Wales, William and Kate; the Duke of Edinburgh, Edward and Sophie; Princess Anne and her husband, Tim Laurence, were seated in the front row.
Harry and Meghan stepped down as senior members of the royal family in 2020 when they moved to Canada and later the US.
"There were discussions that the seating could be arranged on line of succession," a source revealed to The Sun. "But that would have put fifth-in-line Harry front and centre – and with William and Kate.
"Instead the decision was working royals only at the front and work back from there. Harry will be a long way from his father."
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