The Duke of Sussex was the center of attention as he arrived at Saturday’s coronation of King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla.
It was announced last month that his wife, Meghan Markle, and their two children, Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet, would stay in the US.
Prince Harry arrived at Westminster Abbey, where he joined his family for the first time following his revelations about the royal family in his tell-all memoir Spare, looking happy and at ease. He was accompanied by Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie and their husbands.
The Duke of Sussex sat two rows behind his brother, the Prince of Wales, in the third row for the coronation of his father, the King.
After arriving with the Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice and their husbands, he grinned at the guests and appeared to be in a good mood. Harry’s response to King Charles’ arrival was also captured on camera.
In front of 2,000 guests, King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla were crowned and anointed at the country’s first formal coronation in 70 years.
For 38-year-old Harry, who will miss his oldest child’s fourth birthday, it is undoubtedly a bittersweet day. The 38-year-old is probably residing at Frogmore Cottage, his and Meghan’s UK home, which they intend to leave this summer.
Since the Queen’s funeral in September, Harry hasn’t seen King Charles, Queen Consort Camilla, the Prince and Princess of Wales, or any of them until the coronation. Additionally, it will mark Harry’s first public appearance with his family since the release of his new book and the Netflix documentary series Harry & Meghan.
The father-of-two returned to the UK in March for a hearing at the High Court, but HELLO! previously reported that it was unlikely he would have run into either his brother, Prince William, or Princess Kate while there. The Prince and Princess of Wales, along with their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, were away at the time for the Easter break.
Harry was not expected to have a specific role in the coronation, and it is unknown at this time whether he will join the royal family in celebrating on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
A concert at Windsor Castle and Big Lunch events are being held on Sunday, and Bank Holiday Monday has been designated for volunteering and is being dubbed the “Big Help Out” as part of a weekend of royal celebrations. On Saturday, the monarch will appear from the balcony following the ceremony at Westminster Abbey.
Prince Harry and Meghan’s interactions with the royal family have come under close scrutiny in recent years. The world was shocked by their decision to resign from their positions as senior members of the royal family in early 2020.
Since then, the couple has moved to California, where they have continued to work on their charitable endeavors, including the establishment of their Archewell Foundation, and they have spoken out on issues like racial justice and mental health.
Reports of tension between Prince Harry and Prince William surfaced after their move to the United States; Harry later addressed this in his book Spare, which was published in January after their open Netflix docuseries.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex also participated in an interview with Oprah Winfrey in March 2021 during which they leveled several accusations against the royal family. At the late Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June of last year and again at her funeral in September, they were reunited with her family.