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Prince Harry is missing from the balcony after King Charles’ coronation; Here’s why


While the streets of the UK are buzzing with coronation festivities, on the other hand, the Duke of Sussex seems to have a hard time feeling distanced from the family he grew up with. Nor did he accompany his royal family to the balcony at Buckingham Palace during King Charles III’s coronation on Saturday.

This is because it is no longer a working property. Instead, active royals like Prince William, Kate Middleton, and their children, Prince George, 9, Princess Charlotte, 8, and Prince Louis, 5, joined King Charles and Queen Camilla.

Sitting third row for the coronation, Harry quickly prepared for his departure as he flew back to California to be with Meghan Markle and their two children, Prince Archie, 4, and Princess Lilibet, 1. There in time to celebrate his son’s birthday.

Prince Harry, who is not working at Royal because he gave up his title

The palace revealed on April 12 that Prince Harry will be present at his father’s coronation while his wife Meghan will skip the historic event to be with their children in California.

The Duke of Sussex, 38, and Duchess of Sussex, 41, are famous for shocking the world by stepping down from their top royal roles. As a result, they were not allowed to participate in the coronation in an official capacity.

Prince Harry and Meghan give up their titles

A fine thread of contention arose when Prince Harry renounced his title after marriage to live as an ordinary man rather than carry out royal duties. Furthermore, repeated events lead to a major rift between them, such as:

A month later, the couple dragged the royal family into a shocking interview with Oprah Winfrey. Which brought the royals into the spotlight, as they were brought under the radar for the first time.

Since then, they’ve continued to criticize the monarchy in both Harry’s harrowing memoir “Spear” and the 2022 Netflix documentary series.

While Harry and Meghan have made the decision to step away from royal life, their children were given the titles Prince and Princess in March.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle missed out on the balcony during the late Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The Sussex family conspicuously disappeared from the balcony last year as the late Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations were taking place.

For the same reason Harry was absent from Charles’ post-coronation appearances, they were left out.

However, right now, along with other working members of the royal family, William, 40, Middleton, 41, and their three children are seen waving back to their subjects.

Also read: Coronation of King Charles III: Prince Harry arrived on a commercial plane, and here’s where he’ll be staying

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.