Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, have started a new life in the United States as they continue their rift with the Royal Family – a rift that took on new meaning when the couple stepped down from their Royal duties in 2020 and was heightened when Harry published his latest memoir on January 10, 2023.
Ever since Harry’s grandmother – Queen Elizabeth II – passed away in early September and his father – King Charles III – took the British throne, uncertainty has loomed over whether the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would attend the coveted May 6 coronation. Up until now, a formal invitation hadn’t been sent.
That all changed recently when a spokesperson for the couple confirmed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have received a formal invitation to the coronation – which is when King Charles III will officially be crowned. While the invitation has been sent, we now have to wait and see if the couple accepts it.
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“I can confirm The Duke has recently received email correspondence from His Majesty’s office regarding the coronation. An immediate decision on whether The Duke and Duchess will attend will not be disclosed by us at this time,” the couple’s spokesperson said, according to the Associated Press (AP) on Sunday.
The news comes just a few days after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were forced out of their only remaining home in the United Kingdom – Frogmore Cottage. King Charles III was the one who ordered the request, but Buckingham Palace failed to give a reason why – at least publicly – they were evicted.
Many have speculated that the decision was spurred by the release of Spare – Harry’s bombshell memoir. According to The Sun, the request to vacate the home was sent on January 11, 2023 – the day after the book was released. They also reported that Prince Andrew would be moving into the home.
His memoir contained a wide range of allegations against the Royal Family, more specifically trauma he faced as a result of his strained relationships with his father, his wife Camilla, and his brother Prince William. While the Royal Family prefers to handle things internally, Harry has taken a different route.
Will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Attend the Coronation?
Now that we know Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been invited to the May 6 coronation, which will see Harry’s father officially crowned King, the speculation continues – will they attend or will they blow it off? One would have to think they attend, even despite the continued rift, but you never know anymore.
Prince Harry had previously talked about whether he would attend the event, if invited. “The door is always open. The ball is in their court. There’s a lot to be discussed and I really hope that they’re willing to sit down and talk about it,” Harry said in a January interview. Well, it now appears the ball is in his court.
One would also have to wonder where the couple would stay, if they do accept the invite. They previously used their Frogmore Cottage to house their family during the Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II. Now that they don’t have the home and don’t have the necessary protection funded by the Royal Family in the UK.
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Nonetheless, King Charles III is expecting the coronation to be a ceremonious event – as it should be – that will take place over three days. He plans on modernizing the event – which hasn’t been held since June 2, 1953 – and, while many of the traditions will remain, some of them will be replaced or removed.
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