The 'very lovely treat' King Charles will miss out on as Prince Harry confirms he'll attend coronation alone

The monarch is expected to be busy over the celebration weekend but a royal expert reveals why it will be bittersweet

King Charles visits St. Nikolai Memorial Church on March 31, 2023 in Hamburg, Germany.
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King Charles is set to miss out on a 'very lovely treat' since Prince Harry confirmed he is attending the coronation alone.

King Charles is due to miss out on a 'very lovely treat' now that Prince Harry has confirmed he's coming alone to the coronation.

The Duke of Sussex has accepted his father's invitation to attend the coronation which takes place next month but in doing so Buckingham Palace has confirmed that his wife Meghan Markle and their two children Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet will remain at their home in LA.

And while royal fans had hoped the Sussexes would make a joint appearance, according to Royal biographer Jennie Bond, they aren't the only ones missing out.

She told OK!, "I realize Charles will be very, very busy over the coronation period. But it's still a shame that he won't be given this opportunity to see his grandchildren, because that might have been a very, very lovely treat for him."

King Charles and Queen Camilla

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Prince Harry's solo 10,000 mile round trip comes following the release of his memoir Spare which is still on sale in the UK and in the US Spare is on Amazon . It contained some bombshell claims about the royal family and his childhood and will mark the first face-to-face meeting of Harry and the family since its publication.

But despite the family 'feuds', King Charles is said to be 'very disappointed' that he won't see Meghan but is 'happy' his 'darling boy' Harry will be in attendance.

Prince Harry's visit is expected to be brief, as his son Prince Archie celebrates his 4th birthday on the same day as the Coronation.

It was hoped that the invitation would act as an olive branch between the royals.

Jennie added, "Now that we know that he's coming, I'm very glad that he is coming to what is probably the most important day in his father's life - it would have been churlish not to do so.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Prince William and Kate Middleton leaving Queen's funeral

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"I think this was always the best compromise, particularly given that Archie's fourth birthday that he should come and Meghan should not."

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!)