King Charles speaks of his ‘love’ for Prince Harry and Meghan in his first speech as monarch

King Charles has extended an olive branch to Prince Harry and Meghan during his first speech as monarch.

Despite reports of the couple sparking uproar during the Queen’s final moments, the king publicly acknowledged his “love” for the couple.

Camera IconKing Charles gives his first speech after the death of the Queen Credit: Supplied/Supplied

It is the first time Charles has publicly acknowledged Harry after the couple launched a series of attacks on royal family since leaving the UK.

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They include their bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview, during which the couple claimed an unnamed member of the royal family made racist remarks about Archie during Meghan’s pregnancy.

DUSSELDORF, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 06: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex arrive at the town hall during the Invictus Games Dusseldorf 2023 - One Year To Go events, on September 06, 2022 in Dusseldorf, Germany. The Invictus Games is an international multi-sport event first held in 2014, for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women, both serving and veterans. The Games were founded by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex who's inspiration came from his visit to the Warrior Games in the United States, where he witnessed the ability of sport to help both psychologically and physically. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Invictus Games Dusseldorf 2023)
Camera IconDUSSELDORF, GERMANY – SEPTEMBER 06: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex arrive at the town hall during the Invictus Games Dusseldorf 2023 – One Year To Go events, on September 06, 2022 in Dusseldorf, Germany. The Invictus Games is an international multi-sport event first held in 2014, for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women, both serving and veterans. The Games were founded by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex who’s inspiration came from his visit to the Warrior Games in the United States, where he witnessed the ability of sport to help both psychologically and physically. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Invictus Games Dusseldorf 2023) Credit: Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Invictus Games

But the new king avoided controversy by making a special mention of them in his heartfelt speech on Friday night.

“I want also to express my love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives overseas,” King Charles said in his address.

It comes amid new reports that Meghan and Harry left Buckingham Palace staff furious over their apparent plans to visit Balmoral together to farewell the Queen on her deathbed.

epa09055927 (FILE) - (L-R) Britain's Charles, the Prince of Wales; Prince Andrew, Duke of York; Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex; Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex; Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the RAF100 parade celebrations in London, Britain 10 July 2018 (reissued 06 March 2021). US channel CBS will air an interview with Britain's Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex on Sunday, 07 March.  EPA/STR UK AND IRELAND OUT SHUTTERSTOCK OUT *** Local Caption *** 55764981
Camera IconMeghan and Harry on the palace balcony before they left the UK to live in the US. Credit: STR/EPA

The Daily Mail reports the palace was blindsided after the plans for them to travel together were announced by a trusted journalist of the couple.

“There was half an hour on Thursday following the Sussexes’ initial announcement during which matters quickly came to a head,” the publication reports.

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 04: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the "Our Planet" global premiere  at Natural History Museum on April 04, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Camera IconRocky relationship: Charles and Harry. Credit: Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage

“It is still unclear how much pressure was brought to bear by the Palace itself – or whether senior royal were involved – but a spokesman for the couple frantically began to ‘clarify’ their position, informing those same journalists that ‘only the Duke was travelling at the moment’.”

The King’s mention of the Sussexes in his speech followed his announcement of new titles for Prince William and Kate and him confirming his eldest son would take over his private estate the Duchy of Cornwall.

“Today, I am proud to create him Prince of Wales, Tywysog Cymru, the country whose title I have been so greatly privileged to bear during so much of my life and duty,’ he said of William.

“With Catherine beside him, our new Prince and Princess of Wales will, I know, continue to inspire and lead our national conversations, helping to bring the marginal to the centre ground where vital help can be given.”

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