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How Harry and Meghan's coronation announcement differed from Buckingham Palace

Prince Harry will attend King Charles’s coronation alone

Prince Harry and Meghan with Charles at Ascot
Gemma Strong
Gemma StrongOnline Digital News Director
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On Wednesday finally came the word from Buckingham Palace.

Prince Harry would be attending his father King Charles's coronation alone on 6 May with his wife Meghan Markle and their children remaining at their home in Montecito. Watch the video below for everything you need to know about the historic event...

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It came after months of speculation amongst royal watchers, considering Harry's increasingly strained relations with the royal family.

Buckingham Palace was first to share the update in a statement that read: "Buckingham Palace is pleased to confirm that the Duke of Sussex will attend the Coronation Service at Westminster Abbey on 6th May.

King Charles III and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attends The State Funeral Of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022 in London, England
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"The Duchess of Sussex will remain in California with Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet."

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A short time later, Harry and Meghan themselves broke their silence to confirm his attendance. But royal fans were quick to notice a stark difference between the two statements.

Meghan and Harry at the service of thanksgiving© Getty
Prince Harry will attend the coronation alone

The couple's message read: "The Duke of Sussex will attend the Coronation service at Westminster Abbey on May 6th. The Duchess of Sussex will remain in California with Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet."

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It had previously been unclear whether Prince Harry would attend his father's coronation, but the decision means that  King Charles will have both his sons present for the historic ceremony.

Prince Harry and Prince William at the Duke of Sussex's wedding© Getty
The King will have both sons present

Neither the couple's spokeswoman nor Buckingham Palace have further commented on the decision, but there were certainly strongly divided opinions on social media, with some supporters praising Meghan for standing up for herself while others criticised her for "snubbing" her royal in-laws.

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It's unclear what role Harry will take at the coronation given that he and Meghan stepped back as working royals. As a result of their decision, the couple were not allowed to join the royal family for their appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee last year.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 09: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the Commonwealth Day Service 2020 on March 09, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)© Gareth Cattermole
Meghan will remain in Montecito with the couple's children

It's thought that Prince William, as heir to the throne, will take on a prominent position at the coronation – as will his eldest son, Prince George.

In the past, Harry has spoken fears for his family back in Britain. He has stated that he wants to bring Archie and Lilibet to visit from their home in the US, but a legal representative has said they are "unable to return to his home" because it is too dangerous.

Notably, the date of the coronation falls on the same day as son Archie's fourth birthday, so that too may have impacted the couple's decision. 

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