Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan have received an invitation to his father King Charles’s coronation but will not yet confirm publicly whether they will attend, a spokesperson for Harry said on Sunday.
Preparations for the event in May have been overshadowed by the couple’s damning revelations about the King, Harry’s elder brother Prince William and other royals in his recent memoir, a Netflix documentary and a series of TV interviews.
His recent high-profile and stinging criticism of his family had led to speculation over whether Harry, who stepped down from royal duties in 2020, would be invited to the coronation and, if he was, whether he would attend.
“I can confirm The Duke has recently received email correspondence from His Majesty’s office regarding the coronation,” a spokesperson for Harry said.
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“An immediate decision on whether The Duke and Duchess will attend will not be disclosed by us at this time.”
King Charles and Camilla will be crowned on May 6 at Westminster Abbey.
The coronation will see three days of celebrations in which the public will be invited to participate.
The Palace said that the coronation will be “a solemn religious service, as well as an occasion for celebration and pageantry,” that reflects “the Monarch’s role today and look towards the future, while being rooted in longstanding traditions.”
That line has been interpreted by experts as a hint that Charles’ coronation will be different and more subdued than the one his late mother experienced seven decades ago, with a shorter ceremony and amendments to some of the more feudal elements of the ritual.
The palace has not yet specified the names of the family members that will appear in a procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey, and on the balcony of the palace at the end of the ceremony alongside Charles III and Queen Consort.
Reuters story with additional input from Global Village Space News Desk.