Will Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Take Part In Coronation Procession If They Attend?
King Charles III, previously known as Prince Charles, will officially become the Monarch following his coronation on May 6, 2023.
It was previously reported, per the Daily Mail, that his son Prince Harry and daughter-in-law Meghan Markle would be invited to the coronation at Westminster Abbey, which will take place on the same day as the couple’s son Archie’s fourth birthday.
A spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex confirmed in March 2023 that they have received an invite to celebrations. The representative told Harper's BAZAAR that the couple have 'recently received' an email from Harry's father's Buckingham Palace managers about the Coronation.
'An immediate decision on whether the Duke and Duchess will attend will not be disclosed by us at this time,' the spokesperson added.
However, leaked plans for the Coronation rehearsal suggest that the couple will not take part in the official procession, according to a report from The Times. Per the report, the King’s brother, Prince Andrew and his daughters Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie will also don't have a place in the procession.
In a teaser trailer ahead of Prince Harry's televised interview with ITV, Harry: The Interview, which aired in January 2023, the royal addressed whether or not he would attend his father's coronation.
When asked by journalist Tom Bradby whether he would go to the event Prince Harry said: 'There's a lot that can happen between now and then. But, you know, the door is always open. The ball is in their court. There's a lot to be discussed and I really hope that they are willing to sit down and talk about it.'
“The door is always open.”
Prince Harry sits down for an exclusive interview with Tom Bradby this Sunday at 9pm on ITV1.
Harry: The Interview | Watch on ITV1 or stream on ITVX at 9pm on Jan 8.@tombradby #ITV #ITVX pic.twitter.com/dJotkK7pOz
— ITV (@ITV) January 5, 2023
At the time, it was believed that the invitations for the event were yet to be sent out, but guests expected to attend the historic occasion include King Charles’ wife Camila, Queen Consort, and Prince William and Kate Middleton. It’s unknown whether the Cambridges children - Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis – or the Sussexes' offspring - Archie and Lili – will be invited to the ceremony.
Members of the Houses of Parliament, the Church of England, as well as world leaders and members of the Commonwealth will attend.
The Mail reports plans for the Coronation are already in motion, and the St Edward’s Crown has already been removed from the Tower of London to be resized.
According to a press statement shared with ELLE UK and other media outlets, King Charles' Coronation 'will reflect the monarch’s role today and look towards the future, while being rooted in longstanding traditions and pageantry'.
'The Coronation is a solemn religious service, together with an occasion for celebration and pageantry,' a statement read. 'The Ceremony has retained a similar structure for over a thousand years, and next year’s Coronation is expected to include the same core elements while recognising the spirit of our times.
'For the last 900 years, the Ceremony has taken place at Westminster Abbey, London. Since 1066, the Service has almost always been conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury.'
Queen Elizabeth’s accession took place on February 6, 1952, but her coronation didn’t take place for another year, on June 2, 1953.
The last time the Sussexes were in the UK was to attend the late Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral in September 2022 after they made a permanent move to the US in March 2020 following their decision to step down as senior royals.
In December 2022 the Sussexes released their highly-anticipated docu-series on Netflix, Harry & Meghan, which gave the pair a chance to open up about their experience of being members of the royal family, the backlash Markle received as a result, and their decision to move to the US.
During Volume I of the series, Prince Harry described himself as his 'mother’s son', and in Volume II alleged the royal family questioned why his wife, Markle, should be protected from the intense media focus and scrutiny.
'So it was almost like a rite of passage, and some of the members of the family were like "my wife had to go through that, so why should your girlfriend be treated any differently? Why should you get special treatment? Why should she be protected?"' he said.
'I said "the difference here is the race element".'
Buckingham Palace has declined to respond to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s comments in the documentary.
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