The Royal Family Didn’t Want to “Complicate Matters” by Giving Prince Harry a Role in the Coronation
While Prince Harry will be in attendance at King Charles’ Coronation on Saturday, he won’t have a formal role in the ceremony. According to royal expert Gareth Russell, this was an intentional decision by the royal family so as not to “complicate matters,” he says in an interview with Us Weekly.
The historian tells the outlet that it’s not “surprising that Prince Harry hasn’t been given a role,” and that the royal family opted to do this “not to complicate matters further by having him involved…simply because…the royals are hoping that they can draw a line under the recent controversy with the Duke of Sussex.”
Harry’s brother Prince William has a big role in the ceremony, and his eldest son, Prince George, is a Page of Honor for the King. (George also, according to The Telegraph, will become the youngest future king to play an official role at a Coronation.) The Prince and Princess of Wales and all three of their children were at a Coronation rehearsal on Wednesday morning, with the King “smiling broadly,” People reports. All five members of the Wales family are expected to not just be in attendance Saturday, but take part in the procession from Westminster Abbey back to Buckingham Palace, where they will appear on the balcony.
All of that said, the King is, according to Us Weekly, thrilled that Harry will be there and sad that Meghan and the couple’s children Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet will not be there. (They’ve chosen to stay behind in California to celebrate Archie’s fourth birthday, which is also on Saturday.)
“Prince Harry, as would the King and Prince William, would regret if he wasn’t there,” Russell says. “So I think generally speaking, the consensus is it’s right that he’s there. It’s probably best that he’s there as King Charles’ son rather than as a working prince of the United Kingdom.”
The Coronation will mark the first time Harry is known to have seen members of the royal family face-to-face since the publication of Spare in January, where he took aim at not just individual members of his family, but at the institution as a whole.