Harry and Meghan will be invited to King Charles’ coronation, with palace officials already preparing for their attendance.
There is a ‘working assumption’ that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex with attend the state ceremony to crown King Charles as sovereign, palace insiders told The Sun.
There had been fears that Harry and Meghan’s attendance would seek to upstage and diminish the sincerity of the high-profile ceremony – especially as the Royal Family still get to grips with the groundbreaking revelations from their Netflix series and Harry’s memoir.
But coronation organisers are continuing to plan for the event under the assumption that both Harry and Meghan will attend.
The Mail on Sunday also revealed last week that the King asked the Archbishop of Canterbury to broker a deal to ensure that the Sussex’s attended his coronation.
Harry and Meghan will be invited to King Charles’ coronation, with palace officials already preparing for their attendance
The King is thought to believe that Harry and Meghan’s absence at his coronation would be a greater distraction than their presence
Around 2,000 people will be invited to the high-profile event in May where the King and Queen Consort will be crowned
Official invitations to King Charles’s coronation will be sent out to world leaders and dignitaries later this month.
Around 2,000 people will be invited to the high-profile event in May, a fraction of the 8,000 at Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953, but there is every assumption that Meghan and Harry will be in attendance.
Speaking to The Sun, a palace official involved in the coronation planning said: ‘They will definitely be invited, and we are working on the assumption that they will come.’
After The Mail on Sunday revealed last week that Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby was asked by the King to strike an agreement with his warring sons, there is every suggestion from Buckingham Palace that Harry and Meghan will be there.
The King is thought to believe that Harry and Meghan’s absence at his coronation would be a greater distraction than their presence.
It is said that he is therefore prepared to make concessions to persuade them to attend.
However, the Prince of Wales is understood to be concerned that his brother will use the event to stage a ‘stunt’ that would overshadow the historic event.
Sources told the Mail on Sunday that Harry could be guaranteed a high-profile seating position in the Abbey or an informal assurance that he will be able to keep his titles as an inducement to attend.
However, William fears that unless his brother’s visit is tightly scripted, he could steal the limelight.
The Prince of Wales is understood to be concerned that his brother will use the event to stage a ‘stunt’ that would overshadow the historic event
There is a ‘working assumption’ that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex with attend the state ceremony to crown King Charles as sovereign
The King asked the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby to broker a deal to allow Harry to attend his coronation
King Charles’ official crowning will take place on May 6 at Westminster Abbey
One source told the Mail on Sunday: ‘The issue of substance is whether they attend the coronation, and if they do, under what terms and conditions.
‘The family is split, and all the indications are that Harry is being advised to agree to nothing at this stage and ‘play it long’ right up to the last minute, which is making negotiations with him very difficult.
‘Harry’s camp made clear that the idea that he would just attend the Coronation and behave himself but then be stripped of his titles was a total non-starter.
‘While he might decide at some point to discard his titles of his own volition, he objects to the idea of being forcibly stripped of them.
‘He resents being lumped together with Andrew in the public mind as the two ‘problem Princes’, when he considers the circumstances to be totally different.’
While it is now likely Harry and Meghan will be in attendance, it is not yet known what role they will play in the three-day-long festivities.
King Charles’ official crowning will take place on May 6 at Westminster Abbey where His Majesty switch out the traditional royal garb in favour of military ceremonial uniform. The decision has been made by the King in a bid to update the ceremony.
A procession will then lead the newly-crowned King past thousands of people who will line the streets to Buckingham Palace, where he will then join members of his family on the balcony to wave at the masses – where Harry and Meghan could make an appearance.
Street parties will then follow the next day, with an internationally televised concert in the evening.
There will be a Bank Holiday on the Monday, with millions of people set to get a day off work.
Celebrations will begin with The King’s Procession, with the King and Queen Consort travelling from Buckingham Palace to the Abbey in the Gold State Coach
A concert will follow the next day, with British rock and pop icons performing alongside a choir of refugees, NHS staff and LGBTQ+ singers at Windsor Castle, all broadcast on the BBC