Prince Harry to Attend King Charles and Queen Camilla’s Coronation Without Meghan Markle

Harry attends the Coronation. The Duchess of Sussex is staying in California with her two children. Where they’ll celebrate Prince Archie’s birthday during the coronation weekend.

Prince Harry will attend the coronation of his father, King Charles III,  but Meghan Markle will not be by his side.

Buckingham Palace confirmed on Wednesday that the Duke of Sussex. Will be at the crowing ceremony of the King and Queen Camilla at London’s Westminster Abbey on May 6. “Buckingham Palace is pleased to confirm that The Duke of Sussex. Will attend the Coronation Service at Westminster Abbey on 6th May. The Duchess of Sussex will remain in California with Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet,” they said in the statement.

Prince Harry attends the Coronation, 38. Wanted to be at the service to support his father at this important moment in his life, a friend tells PEOPLE.

Although there are three days of events surrounding the coronation, including a concert at Windsor Castle and a volunteer day. The palace had no comment or guidance on whether Prince Harry will join King Charles.

Meghan, 41, is staying in California with the couple’s two children. May 6 is also Prince Archi’s fourth biirthday. And she will spend the weekend celebrating with him and his sister, 22-month-old Princess Lilibet PEOPLE understands. Prince Harry and Meghan. Who relocated to California after stepping back as senior royals in 2020.

Harry also made a surprise visit to the U.K. last month, attending London’s High Court for a legal case in which he and other prominent figures including Elton John.

On March 5, The Sunday Times reported that Prince Harry and Meghan received an invitation to the coronation though their decision on attending was not disclosed. In a statement, a spokesperson for the couple told the paper. “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.”

In February, a source close to Harry and Meghan told PEOPLE that an invitation to the historic event had yet to be extended. However, a palace insider said that the couple would be invited to his father’s coronation.

Commenting on the coronation in a January interview with ITV’s Tom Bradby on his memoir Spare, 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.”

A source close to the royal household told PEOPLE: “It is such a momentous occasion for Charles, and he would want his son to be at the coronation to witness it. He would like to have Harry back in the family. If they don’t sort it out, it will always be part of the King’s reign and how he has left his family disjointed.

The confirmation of the couple’s attendance at the historic event follows news that their daughter Princess Lilibet was recently christened in California. The statement was significant. As it marked the first time Prince Harry and Meghan referred to their children’s royal titles. Their son is now similarly styled as Prince Archie of Sussex. 

Upon the death of Queen Elizabeth in September, Prince Harry attends the Coronation father became King Charles and as grandchildren of the monarch. Archie and Lili were afforded the titles of prince and princess. PEOPLE understands that the titles will be used in formal settings and not in everyday use.

“The children’s titles have been a birthright since their grandfather became monarch,”. A spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex told PEOPLE. “This matter has been settled for some time in alignment with Buckingham Palace.”

In March, a spokesperson for the couple’s Archewell Foundation confirmed to PEOPLE that they have beenasked to leave their U.K Home.

“We can confirm The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been requested to vacate their residence at Frogmore Cottage”. The spokesperson said.

Royal historian Robert Lacey pointed out that despite tensions, the family has been able to unite before.

“There have been some very grave disagreements between them,” Lacey recently told PEOPLE. “But the Platinum Jubilee and the funerals of the Queen and Prince Philip did demonstrate that they could put personal enmity aside for the sake of the bigger cause. And that is what the coronation will be all about.”


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