The Duke of Sussex had to attend the Coronation as it would have been “unforgivable” for him to refuse the invitation, after months of speculation it was announced Prince Harry will return to the UK next month, but Meghan, Archie and Lilibet will stay at their home in California. Royal biographer and editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine, Ingrid Seward said Harry had to make an announcement because the longer he left it “the more unpopular he would be”.
According to Ms Seward, Harry was “commanded” to attend, due to being the King’s youngest son and sixth in line to the throne.
She said: “The Duke of Sussex’s decision to announce his intention of being at his father’s Coronation came not a moment too soon.
“The longer he left it the more unpopular he would be.
“As the son of the monarch, he was commanded to attend his father’s Coronation and it would have been an unforgivable public insult for him to refuse.”
Commenting on the news that Meghan has chosen to remain home in California with their children, Ms Seward said it is “understandable” but noted that it was “almost guaranteed” that the couple would have been “booed” by the British public.
During an appearance for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations last summer, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were booed as they left a church service at St.Paul’s Cathedral.
Ms Seward said the couple have been “so disloyal” and “disparaging” to the Royal Family and the UK that no one wants anything to spoil the Coronation.
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The King is said to be “disappointed” that Meghan won’t be making the trip as the pair are said to have had a close relationship, with the King even walking the Duchess down the aisle.
Sources say the decision was made to allow Meghan to stay home to celebrate Archie’s fourth birthday, which falls on the same day as the Coronation.
Archie and Lilibet were not formally invited to the day as aides thought they were too young, but it was reported that this could have been discussed if both Meghan and Harry accepted the invitation.
Just last month the couple’s daughter Lilibet was formally christened Princess Lilibet Diana.
Harry’s return will see his first public outing with the Royal Family since the Queen’s funeral.
The Duke made a surprise return to London last month for a court case, but the King and Prince Wiliam were said to be “too busy” for a meeting.
It will be the first time the three of them will see each other since Harry’s controversial tell-all memoir was released, which made several damning allegations against the Royal Family.
Plans for the Coronation are said to be on track, despite reports that rehearsals were overrunning.
The confirmation of Harry’s attendance is likely to put minds at ease after months of speculation over the guest list, which is expected to include around 2,300 people.
Earlier this week the procession route through the streets of London was revealed, but it was much smaller than expected.
The route is just 1.3 miles long, compared to a five-mile route taken by Queen Elizabeth II during her coronation.
It has sparked fears that many well-wishers will miss the chance to see the King and Queen.