April 5, 2023 |
Plans are being finalized for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to jet to the UK for King Charles’ coronation, multiple sources tell Page Six.
There is just a month to go before the coronation at Westminster Abbey in London and a royal insider told Page Six, “There have been lengthy discussions between the Sussexes and the palace, there is a time crunch on this, of course.
“It’s such a historical event and it’s hoped that Harry and Meghan will be there.”
The ultimate decision still lies in Harry’s hands as one highly-placed source admitted, “All families are difficult, but this is no normal family, of course.
“Harry has a lot of questions about how the event will work.”
Conversations are ongoing about whether the Princess of Wales will wear a tiara to the coronation — she has previously worn Princess Diana’s favorite headpiece, the Lover’s Knot tiara. However, Markle, 41, is unlikely to have access to the family jewels, aside from what Harry has gifted her already, royal sources said.
Harry, 38, has been outspoken about his hurt at the hands of the family to both him and his wife, and while promoting his bombshell memoir ‘Spare’, he said the family may never apologize to them.
“Now you could argue that some of the stuff I’ve put in there, well, they will never forgive me anyway,” he wrote. “But the way I see it is, I’m willing to forgive you for everything you’ve done, and I wish you’d actually sat down with me, properly, and instead of saying I’m delusional and paranoid, actually sit down and have a proper conversation about this, because what I’d really like is some accountability. And an apology to my wife.”
Buckingham Palace is gearing up for a ceremony to be watched worldwide on May 6, with Charles’ eldest grandchild Prince George taking a starring role, alongside three of Queen Consort Camillia’s own grandsons, Gus and Louis Lopes, Freddy Parker Bowles and her great-nephew Arthur Elliot.
The Sussexes are fully aware that it’s a case of “damned if they do, damned if they don’t” and that all eyes will be on them on the day, we’re told.
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Page Six had told how there was an open invitation for the Sussexes; invitations went out this week featuring a design that reflects Charles’ many years of environmental campaigning. The artwork by illustrator Andrew Jamieson is symbolic of spring and rebirth which celebrates a new reign, the palace said.
At Queen Elizabeth’s funeral in September, the Sussexes were put in the second row of Westminster Abbey, behind Harry’s brother, Prince William and his wife, Princess Kate, and it’s not known where they would be placed for the coronation. They were also banned from appearing on the balcony at Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s jubilee as they are not working royals.
It’s likely that they would stay at Frogmore Cottage, their UK home, for the last time if they come over.
But what’s not known yet is whether they would bring their children, Archie- who will celebrate his 4th birthday on May 6 – and one-year-old Lilibet. Lilibet – nicknamed Lili – turned 1 while the family was in the UK to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee last June.
President Joe Biden, who will not be attending, told the King by phone on Tuesday that First Lady Jill Biden would represent the US at the event, the White House has confirmed.
Harry recently made a surprise appearance in London last week to support the Associated News phone hacking trial, alongside Sir Elton John, and Wednesday, it was reported he’ll be back in the UK in June for his trial against Mirror Group Newspapers.
Reps for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Buckingham Palace were unavailable for comment.