Sussexes’ place at Coronation will be reminder they’re ‘still royals’

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While Prince Harry and Meghan have not officially confirmed they will be attending King Charles’s Coronation in a few months’ time, royal experts have predicted the couple would not miss the monumental event. One royal commentator said the LA-based royals are not likely to give the celebrations a miss as many will wonder “why they are not there”.

Speaking to Insider, Eric Schiffer, the chairman of Reputation Management Consultants, said the royal couple will likely attend in order to remind people they remain a part of the Firm, despite no longer being working royals.

He added that the Coronation will be a chance to also remind people “that the pain that Harry has shared from his past didn’t preclude him from participation”.

Meanwhile, royal watcher Kristen Meinzer added that the Sussexes’ absence will prompt many questions they may not want to answer.

Speaking to Insider, the royal watcher said: “If they choose not to go, I think they know the world will be watching and there’ll be a lot of questions about why they’re not there.

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“The main benefit for them is just the optics of looking like they will be continuing to do their best on their end, even if the Royal Family is not always doing the best on their end for them.”

Ms Meinzer added that Charles made the “appropriate” choice by inviting Harry and Meghan, despite calls to exclude the US based royals following the Duke’s controversial memoir.

She said: “He only has two sons. This is probably the most important day of your professional life if you’re Charles.

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“He’s been waiting for this his whole life. Even though he technically already is King, the ceremony is the be-all, end-all of it.

“It’s the moment where the world is looking on, where the pomp and circumstance, where the tradition plays out.”

King Charles will be officially crowned at Westminster Abbey on May 6.

The ceremony will start with Queen Camilla being crowned, before Charles is officially made monarch by the St Edward’s Crown being placed on his head by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The plans follow reports last year that Charles was planning on having a “slimmed down” Coronation compared to his late mother’s, where 8,251 attended the event.

While it was revealed on Saturday that the Prince and Princess of Wales’ children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, are likely to be part of the procession, it is believed the children’s cousins would not be involved.

The Sussex’s children, Archie and Lilbet, are reportedly “not yet” invited to the event, the Times has reported.

Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis are expected to join their parents in a carriage behind Charles and Camilla who will travel in the Golden State Coach as they return to the palace.

The plans also showed no roles for Prince Andrew or his daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.

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