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King Charles III’s coronation has arrived, and after months of speculation, Prince Harry has made a return to the UK for the event — without his wife, Meghan Markle, by his side. Harry was seen entering Westminster Abbey on Saturday morning solo, walking alongside his cousins Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie. He was seated in the third row for the May 6 formal ceremony.
Back on April 12, Variety reported that the king’s communications team issued a statement that read, “Buckingham Palace is pleased to confirm that The Duke of Sussex will attend the Coronation Service at Westminster Abbey on May 6th. The Duchess of Sussex will remain in California with Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet.” Additionally, a source told People that Harry would attend the event because he wants to support his father’s important milestone. However, he’s not expected to appear at other outings aside from the crowning ceremony.
News of Harry’s attendance came a few weeks after a spokesperson for the Sussexes revealed to The Times that Harry had “recently revealed email correspondence from His Majesty’s office regarding the coronation.” At that time, early March, there was no word on whether or not Harry and Markle would accept the invitation.
Buckingham Palace announced the coronation on Oct. 11, 2022, confirming then that it would be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury and that Queen Consort Camilla would also be crowned alongside her husband. “The Coronation will reflect the monarch’s role today and look towards the future, while being rooted in longstanding traditions and pageantry,” the palace added.
The coronation date is the same as Archie’s fourth birthday.
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