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Harry and Meghan invited to Charles’ coronation: report confirms


Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markel have been invited to the historic coronation of King Charles III in May but have yet to decide whether to attend, reports said Sunday.

The California-based couple, who left the British monarchy in 2020 amid growing internal tensions, “recently received email correspondence from His Majesty’s office regarding the coronation,” a spokesman for them told Britain’s Sunday Times.

“An immediate decision as to whether the Duke and Duchess [of Sussex] will attend is not being disclosed by us at this time,” their representative added, using their formal titles.

Buckingham Palace declined to comment.

The report comes with Harry, 38, growing increasingly estranged from his father, brother Prince William and the rest of the family, after exposing the extent of their fractured relationships in a book, Netflix documentary and countless interviews.

In his latest public comments, the prince reportedly told a trauma expert on Saturday that he felt “a little different” from other British royals for a long time, came from a “broken family” and tried not to pass on “trauma” to his children.

In his explosive memoir published in January, he claimed William assaulted him during an argument over Meghan.

Meanwhile, in last December’s six-hour docuseries, the couple once again voiced several grievances, having previously accused the royal family of racism over comments about their unborn son’s skin color.

It emerged this week that they are being evicted from their home on the Windsor family estate, leaving them without a British base from later this year.

The pair have not visited the country very often since moving to the United States, making a rare joint appearance in Britain following Queen Elizabeth II’s death in September.

Charles, who ascended the throne after his mother’s death, will be formally crowned king on May 6 in a solemn ceremony attended by dignitaries from around the world and watched by billions.

The celebrations will include a star-studded concert, nationwide “big lunch” and volunteer initiative, as well as the traditional ceremony and royal processions.

May 6’s main coronation day also happens to be the fourth birthday of Harry and Meghan’s son Archie.

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Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.