Meghan Markle and Prince Harry received their invitation to King Charles III's upcoming coronation back in March.
Prince Harry wants to support his father on his big day despite their differences. After months of speculation, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry received their invitation to King Charles III's upcoming coronation back in March. Now it has been confirmed that the 38-year-old will be attending the ceremony. However, his wife will not be taking part. Buckingham Palace confirmed on April 12 that the Duke of Sussex will be at the crowning ceremony of the King and the Queen.
The 41-year-old mother-of-two will, however, be staying back in California with the couple's two children. "Buckingham Palace is pleased to confirm that The Duke of Sussex will attend the Coronation Service at Westminster Abbey on 6th May. The Duchess of Sussex will remain in California with Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet," they said in the statement, per PEOPLE. According to the outlet, Prince Archie's 4th birthday falls on May 6 and she will be spending the weekend celebrating with him and his sister, 22-month-old, Princess Lilibet.
We are 30 Days away from our 30 Day Birthday Celebrations for Prince Archie Harrison and Princess Lilibet Diana 🥳 pic.twitter.com/cYmEFKcCJF— Alexis 🎖️MNOSL (@ArchewellBaby) April 4, 2023
Harper's Bazaar reports that while the coronation ceremony of King Charles and his wife will take place on May 6 there will be three days of events making up a long celebratory weekend in the UK, per the official website of the Royal Family. The main event will take place at Westminster Abbey on Saturday followed by a Coronation Concert at Windsor Castle the next day. A Coronation "Big Lunch" will also take place across the country where members of the public are encouraged to volunteer and share “food and fun” together.
Prince Harry is not expected to attend other activities aside from the crowning ceremony. It is also unclear if the Duke of Sussex will join King Charles, Queen Camilla, and other members of the Royal Family on the Buckingham Palace balcony following the coronation.
Prince Harry has a complicated relationship with his family and the institution he grew up in which he detailed in his memoir, Spare. In March, The Duke of Sussex admitted that he often felt different from the rest of the family. Prince Harry spoke to Dr. Gabor Maté, the author of The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness, and Healing in a Toxic Culture, a book about trauma and addiction.
Prince Harry tells Dr Gabor Maté: “I’ve lost a lot but at the same time I have gained a lot. To see my kids growing up here, the way they are, I just cannot imagine that would have been possible if we had stayed within that environment.” pic.twitter.com/fllqY1RF1w— Sarah Hewson (@sarahhewsonTV) March 4, 2023
The father-of-two confessed that he "always felt slightly different" from his family and that his late mother felt the same. The senior royal struggled with processing grief all his life and said he even feared losing memories of his mother Diana when he started therapy, according to BBC. The 38-year-old described growing up "feeling slightly different to the rest of my family" and living in a disconnected "bubble", which therapy had helped him burst. He also confessed that writing his book was an act of service to help others break the taboo about speaking about mental health problems.
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