King Charles wants Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to attend his coronation but their presence could lead to ‘turmoil’, claims royal expert

The family rift continues to grow

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While the guest list for King Charles' coronation is yet to be released, a royal expert has claimed that the King will want Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to attend, though their presence will likely cause trouble.

Speculation about King Charles’ coronation, which will take place on the 6th of May 2023 at Westminster Abbey, is ripe. While questions about the 'scaled down' ceremony dominate the news, the questions on every royal fans' lips is more focused on the guest list.

Out of the expected 2,000 guests expected to attend, two names are at the centre of the speculation - Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. 

There is no doubt that the pair will get an invitation, but whether they decide to fly to London from their home base of California and attend is up for argument - especially considering the coronation date falls, coincidentally, on their son, Archie's, fourth birthday. 

According to royal commentator Christiana Maxion, Harry and Meghan’s presence at the coronation may be a mistake.

Speaking to OK!, Maxion explained, “With the passing of the Queen, there is no doubt that family dynamics have changed, and I am sure Harry’s father, King Charles, would want him at his upcoming coronation at least.

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“Harry’s return could cause a lot of turmoil in the family, but his bond with Meghan could strengthen in a possible ‘us against the world’ fashion, which always leads to more exclusion and battle.”

Since the Queen's death in September, hopeful and unsubstantiated rumours that Harry and Meghan could be planning a move back to the UK have been prevalent. But, in Maxion's opinion Harry’s upcoming memoir, Spare, which is set for publication on January the 10th 2023, could leave any possibility for Harry’s return “out of the equation.”

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The much anticipated book, according to royal reporter Richard Eden, has been delayed as Harry went back and wrote a new chapter about the Queen’s funeral and the events surrounding it, pushing back the original release date.

No matter when it comes out, the contents of the book will likely determine the family dynamic going forward, including whether Harry and Meghan choose to, or are even invited to, attend King Charles' coronation.

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Charlie Elizabeth Culverhouse
Royal News and Entertainment writer

Charlie Elizabeth Culverhouse is royal news and entertainment writer for Goodto.com. She began her freelance journalism career after graduating from Nottingham Trent University with an MA in Magazine Journalism, receiving an NCTJ diploma, and earning a First Class BA (Hons) in Journalism at the British and Irish Modern Music Institute. She has also worked with BBC Good Food and The Independent.