The prince will once again come face to face with his family as he makes the decision to show up for his father’s big day. He will travel without his wife, who will remain in the United States.
Wednesday, April 12, 2023 6:44 PM, United Kingdom
Prince Harry will be at the king’s coronation but Meghan will stay in California with their children, Buckingham Palace has announced.
In a statement, he said he was “pleased to confirm that the Duke of Sussex will attend the coronation service at Westminster Abbey on May 6.
“THE Duchess of Sussex will stay in California with Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet.”
Harrywho revealed his troubled relationship with the Royal family in his Netflix show and his autobiography, will witness the king and her mother-in-law the queen consort to be crowned.
This ends months of speculation over whether the couple would turn up, but it’s likely some critics will accuse Meghan of snubbing the ceremony.
The coronation date is also Archie’s fourth birthday.
Archewell, Harry and Meghan’s charitable foundation, released an almost identical statement confirming the Duke would be attending.
Meghan’s absence will make the fracture seem far from over
After weeks of speculation, we finally have an answer: Harry is coming, but not Meghan.
It’s a big decision. It is also, perhaps, the result that the royal family would have hoped for.
It was feared the arrival of the Sussexes would create a distracting media circus, distracting from the coronation.
This way, Harry marks the moment and Meghan stays away from any potential controversy.
She will stay in the United States with the children, and remember that the coronation falls on Prince Archie’s fourth birthday.
Buckingham Palace makes no further comment other than confirming Prince Harry’s attendance.
We do not know if a place will be made for him in the procession of horse-drawn carriages or even if he will now be offered a place on the balcony. Or at this point, if Harry wanted to be a part of either.
Harry has made it clear in his biography and subsequent interviews that “there’s a lot to discuss” before deciding whether or not to come.
He said he wanted sit-down conversations with his family and “the ball is in their court.”
We don’t know if these discussions took place, but something persuaded Harry to come.
Meghan’s decision not to come is much more nuanced. We haven’t seen her in the UK since the Queen’s funeral.
Her absence will certainly seem as if the rift between her and the royal family is far from healed.
In fact, there is no suggestion of any rapprochement between Harry and the royals.
Anyway, for the king, it will be good news and he will be delighted to have his two sons attend his coronation.
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Doubts over whether Harry would attend the coronation grew after explosive claims in his book, Spare, which painted his family in an unflattering light and laid bare tensions.
He claimed his brother William threw him to the ground after calling Meghan “difficult”, “rough” and “abrasive”.
The Duke also said his father put his own interests above those of Harry and was jealous of Meghan and Kate, and that the Queen Consort had sacrificed him on “her personal public relations altar”.
The claims came after the couple’s Oprah interview in 2021, where it was alleged an unnamed royal made comments about their then-unborn son’s skin color.
The Sussexes moved to California after stepping back as senior royals in 2020.
They were asked this year to leave their British home, Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, in a decision approved by the king.
Harry is also currently taking legal action, along with others, against the publisher of the Daily Mail in a confidentiality case at the High Court.
He made a surprise appearance at a hearing in London last month.
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