Fans were left questioning why Prince William and Kate arrived at the Coronation late after the ceremony was slightly delayed on Saturday. King Charles and Queen Camilla arrived at Westminster Abbey before the Prince and Princess of Wales, meaning things weren’t going to plan. In the order of service issued by Buckingham Palace, it showed that the couple and their children Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis were supposed to be seated before Charles and Camilla.
Meanwhile, Prince George was on time as he joined seven other pages of honour in the procession.
But royal biographer Omid Scobie, one of the authors behind Meghan Markle’s Finding Freedom, believes the delay may have been down to the children.
He wrote in Harper’s Bazaar: “The room for error was nil. And thankfully, due to the weeks of rehearsals that the royals took part in ahead of the Coronation, the day went ahead smoothly.
“In fact, apart from Prince William and Princess Kate joining the procession late (children were to blame, a source tells me), and Camilla’s ladies in attendance – sister Annabel Elliot, and queen’s companion the Marchioness of Lansdowne – accidentally creating an unfortunate wedgie moment out of her silk Bruce Oldfield dress on the way into the Abbey, very few hitches took place.”
The timing blunder was spotted by fans who were watching the live broadcast.
One wrote: “Prince William, Kate, and their 2 younger children were supposed to have arrived 5 minutes ahead of him, but instead they were a minute late; so he couldn’t get out of the carriage until Prince William and Kate enter the building.”
Another said: “Commentators said that William & Kate were late and Charles was not pleased.”
A third joked: “Best laid plans lol William & Kate are late !! #MercuryRetrograde.”