Prince Harry and Meghan Markle might decide not to attend King Charles III’s coronation due to concerns about security and the possibility of public jeering, a royal expert said today.
According to Richard Fitzwilliams, the couple would be enticed to attend arguably the biggest event on the royal calendar because they need to earn money from media deals “linked to their royal status.”
But he claimed that the “seismic drop” in their popularity following the release of Harry’s autobiography Spare, as well as the rising level of public mockery exemplified by a recent South Park skit, could persuade them to stay at home.
Mr. Fitzwilliams cited a recent Newsweek poll in which even among Americans, who have typically been far more supportive of the couple than Brits, Meghan’s approval rating was -13 and Harry’s was -7.
According to him, all of their funding comes from royal status-related companies like Netflix and Spotify. Since they will be invited and the event will be special, it would seem odd if they did not show up.
Their attacks on the Royal Family when Harry’s memoir Spare was published will have caused a seismic drop in support, according to a recent Newsweek magazine poll, which will have caused great concern for them both.
“Many people have been making fun of them.” Many people have laughed at Harry’s revelations regarding his virginity loss, drug use, and penile frostbite. The ruthless mockery of viewers’ desire for privacy in South Park is justified.
Harry’s admission that he killed 25 Taliban fighters would raise security concerns, according to Mr. Fitzwilliams, who also predicted that the Sussexes would receive a cold reception from other royals.
They “know perfectly well that they are not trusted”; as a result, the Royal Family will only speak with them about the weather for fear of their conversations becoming public due to their revelations in the Netflix docuseries Spare and interviews promoting it.
‘An additional memoir has also been threatened, as Harry claims Spare was originally twice as long. They are also aware of the extreme public and media hostility toward them in Britain.
“Harry’s concerns about security, which will not be helped by his revelations about the number of Taliban insurgents he personally killed, may also be a factor as he has a case pending against the Home Office on this issue,” the article continued.
It was revealed today that Prince Harry’s legal dispute with the Home Office regarding police protection in Britain has already cost British taxpayers almost £300,000.
A High Court Judicial Review was started by the Duke of Sussex 18 months ago after his right to guards was taken away when he stepped down from royal duties.
Despite the prince’s offer to foot the bill for police protection, he was informed that UK police were not “guns for hire.”
According to data obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, the UK Government has already spent £296,882 defending the case, which has been pending since the fall of 2021.
Former Scotland Yard commander John O’Connor told The Sun that expecting the government to provide protection is conceited and unreasonable. In any case, it is just vanity. He only wants protection because he believes that without it, his importance is diminished.
Even though royal security is always present at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor and for formal events, the Duke insists his family needs constant protection.
According to what is known, the Home Office case will be heard in April.
A Freedom of Information request revealed that the court case, which has been pending since the fall of 2021, has cost the full amount of £296,882 to defend.
If the decision is made before King Charles’ coronation on May 6, observers are unsure.
Harry and Meghan have received an invitation, but they have not yet indicated whether or not they plan to attend the service on May 6.
Millions of viewers are expected to tune in live from all over the world for the historic celebrations, which are expected to be very different from Queen Elizabeth II’s ceremony.
Although Buckingham Palace has not yet confirmed the 74-year-old monarch’s attire, it is anticipated that he will choose military uniform over traditional royal attire.
According to reports, he will forgo silk breeches and stockings because they “look too dated” and he wants the ceremony to portray a “modern 21st-century monarchy.”
The King was reportedly “happy” to wear the same clothes as his great-grandfather and grandfather, but senior aides advised against it.
The monarch is reportedly planning to show up wearing the Admiral of the Fleet uniform that he donned for the State Opening of Parliament last year.
St. Edward’s Crown, which was created in 1661 for King Charles II’s coronation, will also be worn by him. Six sapphires and twelve rubies are among the more than 400 gemstones that are set in the solid gold piece. Its mass is almost 5 lbs (2.23kg).
The King’s Procession, in which the King and Queen Consort will ride in the Gold State Coach from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey, kicks off the festivities on May 6.
Along with tens of thousands of fans cheering them on, military personnel such as sailors, soldiers, and airmen and women will line the route.
Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis’ parents, the Prince and Princess of Wales, are anticipated to march in the procession. Archie and Lilibet, the children of Prince Harry and Meghan, may also appear.
As Prince Charles’ siblings, The Earl of Wessex and Princess Royal are anticipated to participate. Prince Andrew is rumored to have a part, but it is unclear if he will be permitted to wear a military uniform given that he and Prince Harry are no longer active members of the royal family.
The Archbishop of Canterbury will crown Camilla as Queen Consort alongside her husband, breaking with tradition.
Compared to Queen Elizabeth II’s ceremony, which lasted three hours, the one inside the Abbey is anticipated to last 90 minutes to two hours.
The ceremony, which has been called “solemn,” is expected to draw about 2,000 guests.
On May 7, Windsor Palace will host a sizable concert, and the Big Lunch charity will promote picnics and street parties across the nation.
The day after the coronation, a group of LGBTQ+ singers, an NHS choir, and British rock and pop icons will all perform at Windsor Castle in a strikingly diverse event.
On May 7, a “centrepiece” of the concert will feature a glittering display shining on well-known national landmarks. On buildings all over the UK, the “Lighting Up The Nation” display will beam “projections, lasers, drone displays and illuminations.”
On Sunday and throughout the weekend, tens of thousands of Coronation Big Lunches and parties will be held in the UK and Commonwealth. Every year, Big Lunches are held throughout the UK, raising more than £22 million for regional charities.
Additionally, there will be the Big Help Out, a special bank holiday honoring the Coronation and honoring volunteer organizations, which was commissioned by the King.
It will highlight the beneficial effect volunteering has on communities all across the country and was developed by some of Britain’s most well-known charities and organized by the Together Coalition.
Local community organizations, charities, and groups have organized hundreds of events for the day, including those sponsored by The Scouts, Royal Voluntary Service, National Trust, and RNLI.
The Duke of York, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and the King and Queen Consort are “unlikely” to join them on the balcony during the Coronation.
The line-up of royals accompanying them will only include family members who are currently employed, similar to the late Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebration the previous year. Prince Harry, Meghan, and Prince Andrew will be excluded because they are no longer involved in official duties.
Following allegations of sexual abuse, Prince Andrew retired from his official position in November 2019. He has consistently refuted the charges.
Three years ago, when Harry and Meghan left Britain to begin a new life in California, they left their roles behind.
Harry published a candid memoir detailing both past and present grudges against his family last month. Even if he were invited, he declined to say whether he would go to the Coronation in a television interview to promote his memoirs.
There is no word from Buckingham Palace suggesting that Harry and Meghan won’t be allowed to attend the celebration on May 6, which also happens to be their son Archie’s fourth birthday.