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Prince Harry to attend King Charles' coronation without Meghan Markle, palace confirms

Prince Harry will attend the coronation of his father King Charles III without Meghan Markle.

On Wednesday, Buckingham Palace confirmed that the Duke of Sussex will be at the ceremony being held at London’s Westminster Abbey on May 6.

“Buckingham Palace is pleased to confirm that The Duke of Sussex will attend the Coronation Service at Westminster Abbey on May 6th,” the palace shared. “The Duchess of Sussex will remain in California with Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet.”

A spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex didn’t immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

On Wednesday, Buckingham Palace confirmed that Prince Harry will be attending King Charles' coronation solo.

On Wednesday, Buckingham Palace confirmed that Prince Harry will be attending King Charles’ coronation solo. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Invictus Games Dusseldorf 2023)

While there are three days of events surrounding the coronation, the 38-year-old is not expected to attend any other outings aside from the crowning ceremony. A friend of the prince told People magazine that Harry wanted to be at the service to support his father during an important moment in his life.

Charles, 74, will be crowned alongside his wife, Queen Camilla.

The Duchess of Sussex will be staying behind in California with the couple’s two children, Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet. Archie’s fourth birthday falls on the same day as the coronation and sources told Page Six there was no way the 41-year-old was going to miss her son’s birthday.

The couple were most recently with the rest of the British royal family in the U.K. for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. Britain’s longest-reigning monarch passed away in September of last year at age 96.

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King Charles, the eldest son of the late queen, will be crowned on May 6.

King Charles, the eldest son of the late queen, will be crowned on May 6. (Alastair Grant)

Harry made a surprise visit to his home country last month to attend London’s High Court for a legal case. He, along with other prominent figures like Elton John, Elizabeth Hurley and Jude Law’s ex-wife Sadie Frost, are suing Associated Newspapers Ltd., publisher of the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday, for illegal information gathering.

On March 5, a spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex confirmed that Harry received email correspondence from the king’s office about the coronation.

“I can confirm the Duke has recently received email correspondence from his majesty’s office regarding the coronation,” said the spokesperson. “An immediate decision on whether the duke and duchess will attend will not be disclosed by us at this time.”

A source close to the royal household told People that Charles was eager to have his son present for the event.

Meghan Markle will stay behind in California with her two children: Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet.

Meghan Markle will stay behind in California with her two children: Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet. (Samir Hussein)

“It is such a momentous occasion for Charles, and he would want his son to be at the coronation to witness it,” said the palace insider. “He would like to have Harry back in the family. If they don’t sort it out, it will always be part of the king’s reign and how he has left his family disjointed. He has had a reputation as a distant parent, and it would be awful for him for that to continue.”

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Meghan Markle, an American actress, became the Duchess of Sussex when she married Britain's Prince Harry in 2018.

Meghan Markle, an American actress, became the Duchess of Sussex when she married Britain’s Prince Harry in 2018. (Aaron Chown)

Harry’s attendance comes despite the rift within the House of Windsor prompted by Harry’s decision to reveal family secrets in his bestselling book, “Spare.”

The revelations, including details of private conversations with his father — and his brother, Prince William — fanned tensions between Harry and his family that became public when he and his wife moved to North America in 2020.

The book also included allegations that members of the royal family regularly feed the press unflattering information about other members of the House of Windsor in exchange for positive coverage of themselves.

The acrimony between Harry and his family once again spilled into public view in March when the Sussexes acknowledged they were asked to vacate their home in Britain.

In March, a spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex confirmed that they were asked to vacate Frogmore Cottage, their home in the U.K.

In March, a spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex confirmed that they were asked to vacate Frogmore Cottage, their home in the U.K. (Getty Images)

Frogmore Cottage, on the grounds of Windsor Castle west of London, was the couple’s main residence before they gave up royal duties and moved to Montecito, a wealthy enclave in Southern California.

The Sun newspaper reported that Charles asked them to relinquish the dwelling on Jan. 11, the day after Harry’s memoir was published. But issues other than the book may have sparked the request.

Charles has said he plans to cut the number of working royals and reduce the cost of the monarchy as he seeks to modernize the 1,000-year-old institution in hopes of ensuring its survival.

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Prince Harry's explosive memoir "Spare" officially went on sale on Jan. 10.

Prince Harry’s explosive memoir “Spare” officially went on sale on Jan. 10. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Archie and Lilibet were last in the U.K. during Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June 2022. The trip was significant for the little princess, who was born in California in June 2021. She was named after the queen, whose childhood nickname was Lilibet. Archie was born in the U.K.

At the time, a royal source told People magazine it was a “fantastic visit,” especially for Charles and the queen, who met Lilibet for the first time during the Platinum Jubilee.

“The prince was delighted to see his grandson and meet his granddaughter for the first time,” the source said, adding that it was “very emotional” and a “wonderful thing” for Charles to meet Lilibet.

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