AceShowbiz - Whether Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will attend King Charles' coronation remains one of public's biggest questions ahead of the May 6 event. Now, Buckingham palace and representatives for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex reveal that Harry will attend the historic event alone, without his wife.
"Buckingham Palace is pleased to confirm that The Duke of Sussex will attend the Coronation Service at Westminster Abbey on 6th May," Buckingham Palace said in a statement on Wednesday, April 12. "The Duchess of Sussex will remain in California with Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet."
In a separate statement, the Sussexes' reps confirmed, "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."
While Harry will jet off to the U.K., Meghan will stay in California to celebrate Prince Archie's fourth birthday which happens to fall on May 6 as well. On the other hand, a source revealed Meghan won't join Harry at the coronation at Westminster Abbey because things still remain "awkward" between the former "Suits" actress and the royal family. "There was no way that Meghan was going to miss her son's birthday," the source told Page Six.
Despite Meghan's absence, things may still be awkward as the coronation visit marks the first time for Harry to see his family since making a series of bombshell accusations in his book, "Spare". The royal insider shared, "Even though Meghan is not going, it's still going to be extremely awkward."
Additionally, it should be noted that it was the first time Buckingham Palace officials referred to the Sussexes' children as Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet in a statement after their titles were recently updated on the line of succession. A highly placed source said "it is a shame" that Archie and Lilibet will not be in attendance on "such a historic occasion."
The palace continued, "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."