Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have continued to experience blowback after a magazine leaked an alleged list of “demands” the couple made to King Charles before agreeing to attend the coronation.
British commentator Dominique Samuels described the Sussexes demands as “a mess” during an appearance on Sky News Australia’s Kenny Report.
“It really is a mess to be honest. Because first of all many people are wondering why the King invited them to the coronation in the first place,” she told host Chris Kenny on Monday night.
On Friday, a source told Britain’s OK! Magazine that Harry and Meghan have made multiple demands as a condition of them attending the coronation ceremony on May 6.
The alleged requirements include the formal inclusion of their children Prince Archie and Princess Lillibet in the coronation and allowing the Sussexes to appear with senior royals on the Buckingham Palace balcony.
The royal tradition of appearing on the Buckingham Palace balcony was created by Queen Victoria in 1851.
Since then, family members have appeared on the balcony during major events, historic occasions like Victory Day and on the Monarch’s birthday.
Prince Harry was once front and centre during these appearances and the Duchess of Sussex also appeared on the balcony on a small number of occasions prior to leaving the royal family.
“I’m not surprised they have this list of demands because it seems the King is really prepared to capitulate to all of them,” Ms Samuels said.
However, the commentator shut down suggestions the couple could appear on the balcony at Buckingham Palace on coronation day.
“In terms of them wanting to be on the royal balcony, it’s likely that will be reserved for working royals (and) they need to deal with that reality,” she said.
“On the bright side, what that can happen is a bit of a compromise.
“They want their children to be included. It will be Archie’s birthday around the time of the coronation taking place and maybe (Charles) can compromise on including the children,” she suggested.
Ms Samuels comments follow a scathing assessment of the demands by Australian journalist Louise Roberts, who believes the Sussexes are attempting to use the coronation to boost their waning celebrity status in the United States.
“It’s another dose of hypocrisy from them. They’re only relevant if they have currency with the royal family,” she said on Sunday.
News Source: www.skynews.com.au