Prince Harry's subtle olive branch to King Charles in latest statement

King Charles and Prince Harry

Prince Harry offers subtle olive branch to King Charles

Dorothy Reddin

By Dorothy Reddin

Published: 13/10/2023

- 13:50

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's timing with their statement was 'interesting'

Prince Harry offered a subtle olive branch to his father King Charles with his recent statement on the Israel-Hamas war, according to a royal commentator.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex issued a statement about the war on Wednesday, after both King Charles and Prince William released their own earlier in the day.

On Wednesday evening, Harry and Meghan released the following statement: "At The Archewell Foundation, with Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, we stand against all acts of terrorism and brutality."

The statement was printed underneath the title "With Heavy Hearts", and was posted on the Archewell Foundation website.

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The Sussexes continued: "We are supporting our partners and organizations on the frontlines in Israel to provide the urgent aid needed, and to help all innocent victims of this unconscionable level of human suffering."

Harry's timing was key, according to a royal author, because he didn't want to overshadow his father or his brother.

Royal Historian Gareth Russell claimed it was "interesting" to see the duke wait until after his father commented on the war.

Russell told True Royalty TV’s The Royal Beat: "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex issued a statement of solidarity with the people of Israel too.

King Charles and Chief Rabbi Sir Ephraim Mirvis

King Charles II receives Chief Rabbi Sir Ephraim Mirvis in Buckingham Palace


"I think it is interesting that this time, both of the King's sons waited until the King as Head of State made a comment on that."

Earlier in the day, King Charles released the following: "His majesty is appalled by and condemns the barbaric acts of terrorism in Israel.

"This is a situation his majesty is extremely concerned about, and he has asked to be kept actively updated," the spokesperson said.

"His thoughts and prayers are with all of those suffering, particularly those who have lost loved ones, but also those actively involved as we speak."

Prince William and Princess Kate

​Prince William and Princess Kate put their statement out after King Charles


Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry put out their statement last


Similarly, the Prince and Princess of Wales released a statement a few hours later.

It read: "The Prince and Princess of Wales are profoundly distressed by the devastating events that have unfolded in the past days.

"The horrors inflicted by Hamas's terrorist attack upon Israel are appalling, they utterly condemn them.

"As Israel exercises its right to self-defence, all Israelis and Palestinians will be continued to be stalked by grief, fear and anger in the time to come."

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