Prince Harry and his decision to attend King Charles III’s Coronation on May 6 may all just be fuel for his next memoir – but one of Meghan Markle’s ex-friends warns the move could backfire spectacularly.
Lizzie Cundy, a former friend of the Duchess of Sussex, also accused Meghan of making a “poor excuse” for not being part of the Coronation festivities.
Question marks were raised over whether or not the Sussexes were likely to come to Britain for King Charles III’s crowning in Westminster Abbey.
Insiders claimed the couple were concerned about security details around the visit, but eventually released a statement confirming Prince Harry’s decision to attend, while noting that Meghan would remain stateside to be with their two young children, including Archie who will celebrate his fourth birthday on the day of the Coronation.
But it would appear Harry has still frustrated some critics, particularly when it emerged that it was likely the Duke of Sussex would be in Britain for a matter of hours, as opposed to days.
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Ms Cundy, 54, told the Daily Mirror that Harry will have a “hard job walking away with any pride” after “dipping his toe in and out” of the Coronation, as the royal will “be on one leg as his other foot will be in his mouth”.
The model and TV host added: “He’s only coming to the Coronation for a fleeting moment so he can write in his next book or say in his next interview with Meghan, how poorly treated he was by everybody and how his Dad didn’t want him.”
She said that the couple “took forever” to answer their Coronation invite, and that in seeing Meghan snub the event the Sussexes delivered a “poor excuse… because of Archie’s birthday”.
She added: “This is all for his next book, so he can say he is the Spare… this will backfire terribly, Harry this isn’t about you. This is about your father, his Coronation – the most monumental and historic day, many of us will never see a Coronation in our lifetime.”
Although it is not clear what role Harry will play in the Coronation, it is believed he will be sat alongside other non-working royals such as Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, and Zara Tindall.
To acknowledge the Sussexes’ decision, its Archewell brand put out a statement confirming Harry’s attendance. It added: “The Duchess of Sussex will remain in California with Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet.”
Many have speculated that Harry could be in Britain to attend the Westminster Abbey event only – opting to miss the weekend extravaganza which also includes a concert for the newly crowned monarch featuring Katy Perry, Take That and Lionel Richie.
Omid Scobie, who co-authored the controversial 2020 biography Finding Freedom, tweeted how “Archie’s fourth birthday (also on May 6) played a factor in the couple’s decision”.
He added: “Expect it to be a fairly quick trip to the UK for Prince Harry, who will only be attending the coronation ceremony at Westminster Abbey.”
But Charles himself was said to be delighted that Harry would be making the trip.
One insider concluded: “The King has previously spoken of loving both his sons and that remains the case. Harry would have deeply regretted not attending the ceremony.
“Archie’s birthday has provided the perfect excuse for Meghan to stay behind and, with all things considered, it’s probably the right thing to do.”
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