After weeks of public hypothesis, Prince Harry has confirmed that he’ll attend his father King Charles III’s coronation on Could 6, however Meghan Markle is not going to.
In a press release issued Wednesday, Buckingham Palace stated it’s “happy to substantiate that The Duke of Sussex will attend the Coronation Service at Westminster Abbey on sixth Could.” It added that the Duchess will “stay in California with Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet.”
Tensions within the British royal household have remained excessive for the reason that Duke and Duchess launched their self-titled Netflix docuseries about their marriage and exit from royal duties in 2020. Inside weeks of the six-part sequence airing, Harry detailed the rifts together with his household in his memoir Spare, which turned the fastest-selling nonfiction book of all time.
The fallout left many questioning if the couple could be invited to the coronation that can see King Charles topped alongside Camilla, Queen Consort, throughout a symbolic ceremony at Westminster Abbey.
Harry and Meghan apart, 2,200 friends will attend the ceremony in particular person, whereas tens of millions tune in from afar. And the controversy round Harry’s attendance masks different notable firsts—topped monarchs of different nations might be allowed to attend for the primary time ever.
The coronation is anticipated to be a comparatively scaled again—however nonetheless lavish—ceremony with a lot of Britain celebrating with actions throughout a three-day weekend.
As household, buddies, and world leaders problem their RSVPs to the palace, right here’s everybody who we all know is and isn’t attending.
Members of the royal household
As working royals, the Prince and Princess of Wales will attend the coronation with their youngsters Prince George, who might be a page of honor to King Charles through the ceremony, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. Charles’ siblings, Prince Edward—who was lately appointed Duke of Edinburgh—and Anne, the Princess Royal, will even seemingly be current.
Prince Andrew is anticipated to take part within the coronation however the King is but to resolve whether or not his brother, who was stripped of his royal patronages and navy titles final yr following accusations of sexual assault, to put on his ceremonial robes.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been invited via email correspondence however solely Harry will attend. Meghan will keep in California with their youngsters, in response to Buckingham Palace.
Queen Camilla’s household haven’t formally introduced their attendance however her youngsters Tom Parker Bowles and Laura Lopes will seemingly be noticed on the coronation with their households. Moreover, Camilla’s sister Annabel Elliot, in addition to her nieces Alice Irwin, Katie Elliot, and Ayesha Shand, and her nephew Ben Elliot are anticipated on the occasion.
Three of Camilla’s grandsons will be part of Prince George as pages of honor however they’ll attend to her through the ceremony.
Royals from around the globe
King Charles is flouting a 900-year tradition by inviting different topped royals and their households to be current throughout his ceremony. Up to now, those that have confirmed their attendance are Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko of Japan, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark—who will attend instead of Queen Margrethe II as she recovers from surgical procedure—and King Carl XVI Gustav and Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden.
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Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco have additionally confirmed that they are going to be current with out their youngsters. Speaking to People in January, Albert stated: “I’m sure that it’s going to be an unbelievable ceremony and a really transferring one.” He added, “I’m sure His Majesty will add his personal ‘private touches’ to the ceremonies, however what these might be, I’m certain I don’t know.”
Whereas no different royals have formally RSVPed, Charles has reportedly invited rulers from Arab states.
British and international politicians
Solely 20 British Members of Parliament and 20 Friends from the Home of Lords might be on the coronation. Amongst these figures might be British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and his spouse Akshata Murthy, and Humza Yousaf, the newly appointed First Minister of Scotland.
In keeping with the Telegraph, the unique affair has prompted a stir amongst parliamentarians who imagine they’ve a proper to attend.
Past the U.Okay., Polish President Andrzej Duda, Philippines President Ferdinand “Bong Bong” Marcos Jr. and First Girl Louise Araneta-Marcos, and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese have confirmed they are going to be current.
U.S. President Joe Biden, an Irish American with a long-standing discomfort with the British monarchy, has instructed King Charles he’ll not be able to attend the coronation. Jill Biden is as a substitute anticipated to attend on his behalf, in response to the White House.
Different world leaders corresponding to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron, and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz haven’t confirmed if they are going to be on the celebration however they’re very prone to attend.
Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, will add to his portfolio of royal engagements by conducting Charles’ ceremony. However in one other bid to raised mirror the variety of the British public, Charles has invited representatives of different faiths corresponding to Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, the U.Okay.’s chief rabbi.
Charles can be vocal about his want to be a “protector of religion,” somewhat than “protector of the religion”—a reference to the Anglican church. This refined nod to Britain’s variety has reportedly caused tension throughout coronation planning. Different religion leaders are ready to listen to if they’ve a proper function within the coronation whereas the establishment irons out how greatest to be inclusive.
Members of the general public
Apart from well-known public figures, 850 community representatives have been invited to the coronation to honor their charity works. Among the many group might be 450 British Empire Medal recipients and 400 younger individuals hailing from teams chosen by the Royal Household.
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