Duke of Sussex Arrives in the UK for Father’s Coronation
Prince Harry, also known as the Duke of Sussex, has arrived in the UK for his father’s coronation. According to the Daily Mail, the prince landed at London Heathrow on a commercial American Airlines flight from Los Angeles on Friday morning (May 5).
Unaccompanied by Wife and Children
While attending the coronation of his father, King Charles III, today, Prince Harry will be unaccompanied by his wife, Meghan Markle, and their two children. This is the first time Harry has seen other members of the royal family since publishing his memoir Spare in January.
Short Visit to the UK
Prince Harry’s visit to the UK will be brief, as he will return to the US just two hours after the end of the ceremony to celebrate his son Archie’s fourth birthday. “Harry will do everything possible to get back in time for Archie’s birthday,” a source told PageSix.
Confirmation from Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace has confirmed that the Duke of Sussex attended the coronation. In a statement, it was announced that King Charles III is “delighted” to confirm his youngest son’s presence at Westminster Abbey. The statement also confirmed that Meghan Markle and their daughter Lilibet will remain in California.
Stay at Frogmore Cottage
Harry reportedly stayed at Frogmore Cottage on Friday night, which will be his and Meghan’s former UK residence. The King requested the couple leave the property shortly after Spare’s release.
Exclusion from Formal Role and Grand Procession
The palace has confirmed that neither Prince Harry nor the Duke of York will have any formal role in the coronation, as they are not current sitting royals. Harry and Prince Andrew will also be absent from the grand procession behind the Golden State Coach after the ceremony.
Explosive Claims in Spare
Spare, Prince Harry’s memoir, included explosive claims such as an allegation that Prince William physically attacked him and that Charles was “jealous” of attention received by his brother and Kate Middleton. These claims likely contributed to the King’s decision to ask the couple to leave Frogmore Cottage.