Read to find out if the couple's children will be attending the coronation of King Charles III.
The coronation of King Charles III is fast approaching and there is much anticipation for the event. However, there is some uncertainty as to whether or not Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will attend. According to CNN, the couple has been extended invitations to the coronation, but given their recent departure from royal duties and move to the United States, it remains unclear if they will make the trip.
That being said, if they decide to attend the event, what does that imply, and would they be bringing Archie and Lilibet along with them?
The upcoming coronation ceremony is scheduled to be held at Westminster Abbey, a venue with a capacity of around 2,200 people. A significant number of public figures, politicians, and dignitaries from various countries are expected to be present, along with the King's close family and friends.
Although formal printed invitations are yet to be dispatched, it is likely that specific groups of invitees are being notified beforehand to reserve the date. The remaining invitations are expected to be sent closer to the event, reports the BBC.
A strained time
It hasn't been an easy time for the Royal family as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been publicly critical of the monarchy in recent years. The couple has released a flurry of content, including the Prince's memoir, Spare, and their Netflix docuseries, Harry & Meghan, which have sparked controversy and divided opinions. All of this has led to serious discussions about stripping Harry of his Duke of Sussex title.
While some have praised the couple for their candor and willingness to challenge tradition, others have criticized them for their perceived disrespect towards the institution of the monarchy. With all these issues at the forefront, it is unclear if they would be attending the event at all.
A statement was made by Prince Harry and Meghan about the invitation. A spokesperson said:
I can confirm the Duke has recently received email correspondence from His Majesty's office regarding the coronation. An immediate decision on whether the Duke and Duchess will attend will not be disclosed by us at this time.
Archie and Lilibet
It is unlikely that Prince Harry and Meghan will bring their children, Archie and Lilibet, to the coronation, even if they decide to attend the event. The reason being that only working royals and their children are expected to make an appearance on the Buckingham palace balcony after the service, reports HELLO! Magazine.
Moreover, during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, Archie and Lilibet didn't make any public appearances. The siblings were nowhere to be seen during the various events held to mark Queen Elizabeth II's 70 years on the throne. Similarly, at the National Service of Thanksgiving, only Prince Harry and Meghan attended, without their children.
Moreover, Archie's fourth birthday happens to fall on the same day as the coronation, which adds another layer to the question of whether he and his sister will be present at the event. This is not the first time that a royal celebration has coincided with one of the children's birthdays. The Platinum Jubilee Party at the palace, which was held in June 2022, coincided with Lilibet's first birthday.