Prince Harry Will Play No Role In King Charles’ Coronation
Prince Harry will play no part in King Charles’ coronation. The Duke of Sussex, who resigned from senior royal duties with wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, to begin a new life in America in 2020, has declined to confirm whether he will return to the UK to see his father formally take the throne in a ceremony at Westminster Abbey on May 6, but if he does, he will be a spectator.
The king is expected to abolish the act of royal dukes kneeling to “pay homage” before touching the crown and kissing the monarch’s right cheek, which was previously rumored that Charles wanted to reduce the ceremony. Instead, only his eldest son, Prince William, the heir to the throne, will carry out the custom.
“As things stand, Harry has no role in the service,” a source told the Sunday Times. Although Harry has refused to confirm whether he will attend the coronation, insiders believe he will. “It’s a big moment for Harry’s father, and he’d like to show his respect,” a source said.
A preview clip from Harry’s interview with Tom Bradby, which will air on ITV on Sunday, January 8, 2023, was released earlier this week, and it showed him asking if he was invited to the coronation. “A lot can happen between now and then,” he replied cryptically.
Despite his resignation as a working royal, Harry maintains his faith in the monarchy. When asked if he believes he will play a role in the institution’s future, he replied, “I don’t know.”
The 38-year-old prince is willing to end his public feud with his family and has stated that “the door is always open,” but he will not make the first move. “The ball is in their court,” he said, “there is a lot to discuss, and I really hope they are willing to sit down and talk about it.”
Harry accused the royal family of briefing the media against him and Meghan, who share three-year-old Archie and 19-month-old Lilibet, and insisted that “staying silent” will not improve their relationship.
When asked if he is invading Charles and William’s privacy by discussing them in his memoir “Spare,” Netflix docuseries “Harry & Meghan,” and other interviews, Harry responded, “That would be the accusation from people who don’t understand – or don’t want to believe – that my family has been briefing the press. I don’t know how staying silent will ever make things better.”