At the coronation of King Charles III, Prince Harry will be present with his family. The Duke of Sussex is scheduled to attend the event and catch up with his brother Prince William, but it has been made known that the royal will not be dressed in a traditional military uniform for the momentous occasion.
Instead, a morning suit is anticipated for the Duke to wear to the Westminster Abbey service. He won’t play any official part in the coronation, according to Buckingham Palace. In January 2020, Harry and his wife Meghan Markle announced their resignation as senior royals on social media. Harry is no longer a working member of the royal family.
Prince Harry previously wore uniforms to signify his previous roles as Honorary Commodore-in-Chief of the Royal Navy’s Small Ships and Diving Operations, Honorary Air Force Commandant of the Royal Air Force Base Honington, and Captain General of the Royal Marines.
The Duke of York is anticipated to be dressed similarly, most likely in a formal suit rather than military garb. Following his widely-discussed TV interview with BBC Newsnight, which focused on his connections to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, the late monarch’s second son resigned from his royal duties in 2019.
A royal source told HELLO! that the Duke’s decision to step down was “personal,” adding that he had “discussed it with the Queen, the Prince of Wales, and other family members, but it was a personal decision.”
Virginia Giuffre filed a lawsuit against the Duke in February 2022, alleging that he had sexually assaulted her on three separate occasions. He and Giuffre eventually reached an undisclosed out-of-court settlement. Prior to this, his mother the Queen relieved him of all of his honorary military positions, including Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, and he abandoned his HRH appearance.
Both Dukes will play no part in the coronation because they are no longer active members of the royal family. However, they will continue to go to the Westminster Abbey service where the new monarch will be crowned.
When the newly crowned King and Queen leave Westminster Abbey in the Gold State Coach to return to Buckingham Palace after the service, Harry and Andrew will not be a part of the procession.
Since the late Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral last September and after he made a number of shocking claims about Charles, Camilla, and the Prince and Princess of Wales in his frank memoir Spare, which was released in January, the Duke of Sussex will be seen with his family for the first time in public.
The Duchess of Sussex will stay at home in Montecito to celebrate Prince Archie’s fourth birthday rather than attending the coronation.