The Coronation of King Charles III. due in four months. But after the explosive revelations in Prince Harry’s memoir Spare and his and Meghan Markle’s Netflix docuseries Harry & Meghan, the big question is: will the Duke of Sussex attend the event with his wife and children Archie and Lilibet?
Several royal pundits and critics have weighed in on the issue, saying Prince Harry may or may not attend. However, royal historian Hugo Vickers, a friend of the royal family, claims that while Prince William’s estranged brother receives an invitation, he may not attend.
Page Six had previously reported that the Sussexes would definitely receive an invitation to the coronation, and palace insiders even confirmed that was true. However, Vickers told the publication that the prince made it clear that he had certain conditions before accepting the invitation.
He went on to say that there’s always a chance of reconciliation if both parties are willing, although he’s not sure Prince Harry’s side will budge. He’s never wrong. So that’s not a very good start, he continued.
Vickers admitted he personally hopes Prince Harry won’t attend as his presence could only draw attention away from the ceremony. He also claimed that this is the reason why the crowned kings and queens do not receive invitations to a coronation.
Prince Harry himself responded when asked if he could attend King Charles’ coronation. In an interview with ITV newscaster Tom Bradby, the presenter asked him if he ever got an invite if he’d come.
It looks like the father-of-two is leaving that decision up to the royal family, how Vanity Fair reported. He explained that a lot can still happen in four months, but he doesn’t rule out any possibilities.
He then said the ball is theirs, although he didn’t deny there was a lot to talk about. He even hopes they’re willing to sit down and talk about it.
A royal source told the Sunday Times that a reconciliation meeting could take place soon but must take place before King Charles’ coronation on May 6. The insider explained that while it requires flexibility on all sides, it’s still possible.
For this to happen, Prince Harry needs to be in a room with King Charles and Prince Williams, as well as other members of the royal family. There may also be some people he trusts to make sure he doesn’t get mugged. Prince Harry could be accompanied by his former private secretary Ed Lane Fox and the late Queen Elizabeth’s former private secretary, Lord Geidt, who advised the Sussexes.