Kevin O’Sullivan: Harry and Meghan will turn the Coronation into ‘a circus’
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Meghan and Harry must have a “cut off point” to respond to Coronation invitations, according to a presenter. The couple have been invited to King Charles’s Coronation but are said to be in negotiations with the Palace over their attendance.
Broadcaster Rupert Bell urged the Duke and Duchess to make up their minds over whether they would attend the event.
“For Pete’s sake let’s know one way or another and everyone can move on whatever way it is,” said Rupert Bell on TalkTV.
However, the presenter noted that moving on likely wasn’t the only thing on the royals’ minds. Mr Bell pointed to the “hugely complicated” nature of the Coronation, which organisers plan every detail of.
He said: “I think that maybe, there’ll have to be a cut off point, and I think that is part of the issue…there’s a lot going on here behind the scenes.
“And while relationships with members of the family are fractured, this is actually the nuts and bolts of a hugely complicated ceremony which needs to be organised by every detail.”
Mr Bell added that the Coronation was a “monumental logistical exercise”. He said: “You may not think it, but they’re having to work round the clock because they’re having to bring all these different parties and things together at one time.”
The event will be attended by around 2,000 guests including royals, foreign dignitaries and heads of state from around the world.
However, its unknown whether the King’s son and daughter-in-law will make it to the event.
There have been recent reports that Meghan and Harry are locked in negotiations with Buckingham Palace over the invitations.
Two sticking points appear to be the attendance of Meghan and Harry’s children, Prince Archie Harrison and Princess Lilibet Diana, and whether the Sussexes will join the other royals on the Buckingham Palace balcony during the event.
Although Archie and Lilibet haven’t been invited to the event, Camilla’s grandchildren – who are much older – are thought to be attending. It’s possible the Palace will compromise and allow Archie and Lillibet to attend.
Spots on the Buckingham Palace balcony will be reserved for working royals so it is unlikely Meghan and Harry will appear there. The couple stepped down as working royals in 2020.
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