EXCLUSIVE: A royal expert claimed “lessons had been learned” since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry last attended a royal celebration and the Palace would work to keep the focus on King Charles III.
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Royal expert Christine Ross told Express.co.uk that the Palace will have learned lessons from that experience and would work to make the Coronation “smoother”, likely by limiting Meghan and Harry’s involvement.
“I suspect the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will attend the Coronation, and it will be up to the royal planning committees to ensure the focus remains on King Charles III. The Platinum Jubilee was a good example on balancing the Duke and Duchess’s presence versus their actual public face-time,” Ms Ross said.
She noted the not-so warm welcome Meghan and Harry received at points during the Platinum Jubilee, something the Firm would likely want to avoid this year.
Meghan and Harry most likely ‘will attend’ the Coronation, according to a royal expert.
There has been a growing rift between the Sussexes and the rest of the Firm.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s decision on whether or not they will attend the King’s Coronation remains a mystery.
According to royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams, Meghan and Harry will not be a “large part of it”, if they do decide to go. He added that “the interest won’t be focused on them”.
The co-host of the Royally Us podcast added: “Lessons will likely have been learned from that occasion, following the booing and consternation from the public, to allow for a smoother experience for the Coronation.”
This meant that the Sussexes would likely be out of sight, out of mind in order to keep the focus on the King as he gets officially crowned at Westminster Abbey on May 6, according to Ms Ross.
“I expect we will see them as little as possible, because the focus really should be on the King and not the ongoing drama with his younger son,” she added.
Although Charles became monarch upon the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II last September, the Coronation marks the change in his titles as well as his position as head of the Church of England.
The Palace will focus on keeping all eyes on Charles.
Meghan and Harry are said to be in negotiations with the Palace over their attendance.
However, in the lead up to the event, much of the focus has been on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, specifically whether they will attend the event.
The couple are said to want a position on the royal balcony at Buckingham Palace, something which is being reserved for working royals. Meghan and Harry did not appear on the balcony during the Platinum Jubilee.
Additionally, May 6 is Prince Archie Harrison’s fourth birthday and the Duke and Duchess reportedly would like this occasion marked during the Coronation. Meghan and Harry’s two children have not been officially invited to the event.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK