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Prince Harry to attend Charles’ coronation, Meghan to stay in California

The announcement follows weeks of uncertainty over the presence of Harry and Meghan, who have launched a barrage of criticism of the British royal family since announcing they were quitting royal duties in early 2020.

Prince Harry will attend the coronation in London of his father King Charles III but without his wife Meghan, Buckingham Palace said on Wednesday.

The announcement follows weeks of uncertainty over the presence of Harry and Meghan, who have launched a barrage of criticism of the British royal family since announcing they were quitting royal duties in early 2020.

“Buckingham Palace is pleased to confirm that the Duke of Sussex will attend the coronation service at Westminster Abbey on 6th May,” a palace statement said, using Harry’s official title.

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“The Duchess of Sussex will remain in California with Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet.” The day of the coronation, which formally sees Charles crowned king, falls on Archie’s fourth birthday.

Archewell, Harry and Meghan’s charitable foundation, issued a near identical statement to Buckingham Palace confirming his attendance.

The couple said in early March they had been in email correspondence with the palace over the ceremony but refused to say whether they would be there.

In March, the duke’s spokesperson told CNN that the couple had received an invitation to the coronation but had not yet confirmed their attendance.

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In his memoir, “Spare,” which hit bookshelves in January, Prince Harry launched a series of incendiary accusations against members of his family, revealed a number of private confrontations between him and other senior royals and detailed his split from the family. Details of the sibling rivalry between Harry and his brother Prince William were also shared.

The duke’s autobiography set a record when the English language version sold more than 1.4 million copies on its first day of publication.

The book followed the broadcast of a six-part Netflix documentary and the explosive Oprah interview in 2021.

In a January interview with Britain’s ITV to publicize his book, Harry said the door with his family was “always open.”

“The ball is in their court. There’s a lot to be discussed and I really hope that they’re willing to sit down and talk about it,” Harry said.

King Charles and Queen Camilla will be crowned on May 6 at Westminster Abbey.

The coronation will see three days of celebrations across the country in which the public will be invited to participate.

Harry’s own potential role in the coronation is unclear given that he is no longer a working royal following his decision to step back from royal duties three years ago.