Prince Harry has reportedly arrived in London to attend the coronation of his father, King Charles. The Duke of Sussex is said to be putting his differences with the royal family aside in order to celebrate the start of his father’s reign as the monarch of Britain.
According to a report by Mail Online, Prince Harry arrived on an American Airlines flight at 11:23 am local time. Buckingham Palace has also confirmed his attendance at the coronation service at Westminster Abbey on May 6th. However, his wife, Meghan Markle, will not be present at the event.
In a statement released by the Palace, it was announced that “The Duchess of Sussex will remain in California with Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet.” This comes as no surprise, given Meghan’s history of strained relations with the royal family and her reluctance to return to the UK amid ongoing scrutiny and criticism from the media.
A close friend of Meghan Markle, who spoke to People, said that the Duchess wanted to be there to support her father-in-law but feared the level of scrutiny and criticism that she would face if she were to attend. “There’s always going to be that other side challenging their reasoning, and who wants to put themselves in that position?” the friend added.
Meanwhile, Prince Harry is said to be staying for a short period in the UK and will return to his family in California soon after the main coronation ceremony. While he is expected to attend the portrait session, there are reports that he may not take part in the grand procession from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace or the informal family lunch planned later in the day.
As the world watches the coronation of King Charles, it remains to be seen how Prince Harry’s attendance will be received and what impact, if any, it will have on his relationship with the royal family going forward.