Charles charts a path as king for all holidays

The palace quickly sentenced aide Susan Hussey, stripped her of her job and arranged a meeting with the guest, Ngozi Fulani, at which Ms. Hussey apologized. It was a sign that Charles, urged by William, was determined to show that he would not tolerate any perception of racist behavior in the royal household. William issued an even harsher condemnation than the palace.

“There is clearly a greater sensitivity in the royal household to the issue of race,” said Ed Owens, a historian who studies the monarchy. “Being at the forefront of this is something they want to do.”

The King has been less accommodating of recent allegations by his younger son Harry, who in a recent Netflix documentary claimed his father lied and his brother yelled at him during a meeting with the Queen to discuss Harry and Harry’s withdrawal to negotiate his American-born wife Meghan out of royal life.

Rather than deny the allegations, the palace let it be known that Harry would be invited to his father’s coronation in May. Royal experts said this shows Charles’ determination to act as a healing force. But the documentary reiterated that the rift between the brothers was deep, enduring and, for now, unbridgeable.

The palace, Mr. Owens said, has work to do. It was spoiled by the revelation that Jeremy Clarkson, a broadcaster who has been harshly criticized for writing a misogynistic newspaper column about Meghan, had attended a Christmas dinner hosted by Queen consort Camilla.

“You have to get past these people,” Mr. Owens said, referring to Mr. Clarkson and Mrs. Hussy. “They score own goals,” he said, using an expression for a footballer who puts the ball into his own net.

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