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Prince Harry facing humiliation at his father’s coronation as brother allowed to wear military uniform

By Jimmy Adeel
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May 1, 2023

Prince Harry might face "uniform humiliation" at his father's coronation, as he may not be allowed to wear military garb.

The historic event for King Charles III is set for May 6, and the Duke of Sussex has announced his attendance. However, Meghan and their children will remain in California.

"Buckingham Palace is pleased to confirm that the Duke of Sussex will attend the coronation service, while the Duchess of Sussex will remain in California with Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet," a palace spokesman said last month.

Harry's Role in the Procession

Royal commentators are speculating on what Prince Harry will wear during the coronation and whether he will be permitted to participate in the processions to Westminster Abbey.

Military historian Dr. Peter Johnston told True Royalty TV's The Royal Beat that despite serving two tours in Afghanistan, Harry might only be allowed to display his medals, not wear a uniform.

He said the prince's role in the procession would likely be similar to that at the late Queen Elizabeth's funeral.

Talking about Harry's involvement in the event, Dr. Johnston said he will "be a part of it, but not necessarily, a [leading] part of it."

Harry's Brief Visit to the U.K.

Prince Harry plans to make a short visit to the U.K. for the coronation, reportedly skipping other royal events to be with his family in America.

During Queen Elizabeth's funeral, Prince Harry walked alongside his brother William, following King Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward. Since he is no longer a senior working royal, he did not wear military garb.

Gayle King, a celebrity friend of Harry and Meghan, recently said the couple is in a "really good place" and that they made the "best decision" for Meghan to stay in the U.S. while Harry attends the coronation in London.

She also mentioned that it is "right" for Harry to fly to the U.K. for the event, even though he will miss Archie's fourth birthday, as he will support his father on this significant day.

U.K. Reaction to Meghan Markle's Absence

The absence of Meghan Markle from the coronation is not expected to dampen the event's significance. Writer Sophie Elsworth claims that Brits may even be "rejoicing" over the fact that the media-focused Duchess of Sussex will not attend.

Elsworth criticized Markle for her apparent self-obsession during an interview with Sky News.

With less than a week remaining until the coronation, preparations are in full swing.

Over the weekend, Scotland's ancient relic, the Stone of Scone, arrived in London. It will be attached to the Coronation Chair for the ceremony on May 6.