Meghan Markle will skip coronation to stay home with Archie and Lilibet as Prince Harry confirms attendance

It's been confirmed by Buckingham Palace that Prince Harry will attend King Charles' coronation without Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle will skip coronation
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It has been confirmed that Prince Harry will attend King Charles III's coronation, with Meghan Markle set to remain in California with Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet.

  • Meghan Markle won't be attending King Charles' coronation, instead she will be staying at home with Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet.
  • Buckingham Palace confirmed that Prince Harry will travel to the UK for his father's coronation, stating that Meghan will remain in the US with the Sussex children.
  • This royal news comes after Prince George's official 'formal' role in the King's coronation was revealed.

Meghan Markle will be staying at home with Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet while Prince Harry attends the King's coronation, Buckingham Palace has confirmed, following weeks of speculation over whether Harry and Meghan will be at the coronation.

The Duchess of Sussex is set to miss out on the historic occasion which takes place over the weekend of May 5th, to stay at their home in LA with her and Prince Harry's two children.

Meanwhile, Prince Harry has confirmed that he will be making the 10,000 mile round trip to join the royal family with the celebrations, despite the weekend coinciding with his son Prince Archie's 4th birthday on May 6th.

Meghan Markle will skip coronation

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It comes after reports that Archie was set for a 'big moment' at the event and after both Archie and Lilibet were given official royal titles.

Royal biographer and Finding Freedom co-author Omid Scoobie, shared the news via social media, penning, "BREAKING: 'Buckingham Palace is pleased to confirm that The Duke of Sussex will attend the Coronation Service at Westminster Abbey on May 6th. The Duchess of Sussex will remain in California with Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet.'"

He added, "I understand that Archie's fourth birthday (also on May 6) played a factor in the couple's decision. Expect it to be a fairly quick trip to the UK for Prince Harry, who will only be attending the coronation ceremony at Westminster Abbey."

The news that Prince Harry will attend the coronation has been long-awaited following his bombshell Spare memoir that shed a light on his strained relationship with his father, King Charles, and his brother, Prince William.

The Duke of Sussex also opened up about his hopes to rebuild bridges with his father and brother but admitted he was hoping for an apology from them ahead of the coronation. 

While it is unknown if a private apology was given to Harry from Charles and William, he insisted that the ball was "in their court" back in January. 

When asked by Tom Bradby if he would attend the coronation at the start of the year, Prince Harry replied, "There's a lot that can happen between now and then. But, the door is always open. The ball is in their court. 

"There's a lot to be discussed and I really hope that they're willing to sit down and talk about it."

Selina Maycock
Senior Family Writer

Selina is a Senior Family Writer for GoodtoKnow and has more than 16 years years of experience. She specialises in royal family news, including the latest activities of Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet. She also covers the latest government, health and charity advice for families. Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism, and gained her NCTJ and NCE qualifications. During her career, she’s also written for Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, and Woman's Weekly as well as Heat magazine, Bang Showbiz - and the Scunthorpe Telegraph. When she's not covering family news, you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories (including award-winning scarecrows!)