Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, was among the congregation in attendance as his father, King Charles III, was crowned at Westminster Abbey. During the ceremony, Prince Harry was seated in the third row and observed intently as the crown was placed on the King’s head.
Earlier in the day, Prince Harry appeared relaxed as he arrived at the abbey and was spotted chatting with his cousins Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.
This event marked the first time that Prince Harry had seen his family since the publication of his controversial memoir, “Spare.” It is not clear if any interactions took place between the Duke of Sussex and other members of the royal family during the ceremony or in its aftermath.
Following the coronation, Prince Harry was seen departing alone in a car. It is unknown whether he was headed for Buckingham Palace or an airport, as he is rumored to be returning to the United States to celebrate his son’s upcoming birthday. Prince Andrew, Prince Harry’s uncle, left in a separate vehicle with Princess Eugenie and her husband.
Dressed in a morning suit and adorned with medals, Prince Harry made his way down the nave of Westminster Abbey with a smile on his face, acknowledging guests and chatting with several family members. He even playfully tapped Princess Beatrice’s husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi on the back before taking his seat beside Jack Brooksbank in the third row. Also seated in the third row was Prince Andrew, the Duke of York.
During the ceremony, Prince Harry watched from behind Princess Anne and the Duke of Kent, who were dressed in Garter robes and seated on the second row. The Prince and Princess of Wales and their children, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, were seated ahead of them, as were the King’s brother, the new Duke Edinburgh (Prince Edward), and his wife, Sophie.
The late Queen Elizabeth’s funeral last year saw Prince Harry seated in the second row, directly behind the King. But for the Coronation, he was seated on the third row, intently watching as the archbishop raised St Edward’s Crown above his father’s head. This was reportedly the first time Prince Harry had seen his family since the release of his controversial memoir, Spare.
Following the coronation ceremony of King Charles III at Westminster Abbey, the congregation paid homage to the new monarch. Prince Harry, along with other members of the royal family, was seen reciting the words: “God save King Charles. Long live King Charles. May the King live forever.”
The tradition of paying homage to the new monarch dates back to the Middle Ages and is considered an important part of the coronation ceremony. It symbolizes the recognition and acceptance of the new king’s authority and his role as the head of the Church of England.
Prince Harry’s participation in the ceremony is notable as it marks his first public appearance with the royal family since the release of his controversial memoir, Spare. It also comes amidst reports of tensions between him and his family, particularly his brother Prince William and his father Prince Charles. However, the prince appeared to put those issues aside as he joined in the historic ceremony and paid his respects to the new king.
According to reports, the Duke of Sussex arrived at London’s Heathrow Airport on Friday morning before heading to Frogmore Cottage, located on the grounds of Windsor Castle, where he and his wife Meghan previously lived before being asked to vacate by King Charles III. Meanwhile, Meghan and their children are currently in Los Angeles, where they will celebrate their son Archie’s fourth birthday. A source has shared that Prince Harry plans to make every effort to return to the US in time for the celebration.
Buckingham Palace had previously announced that Prince Harry would attend the coronation ceremony alone, without any formal role. As he is no longer a working member of the Royal Family, he, along with his uncle Prince Andrew, would not have an official part in the ceremony. Unlike other members of the family, Prince Harry did not wear robes or military uniform, even though he served in the army for a decade, including two tours of Afghanistan.
Meghan remains in the United States
Since the publication of his memoir, Prince Harry’s relationship with other members of the Royal Family has been fraught with tension. In the book, he candidly recounted his disagreements and disputes with his relatives, leading him to express that he felt like an outsider within the family.
The ongoing, unresolved familial tensions were evident when Meghan declined the invitation to attend the Coronation ceremony. Many observers saw this decision as a reflection of the strained relations between Prince Harry and his relatives.
Moreover, court documents revealed last month that the King attempted to prevent Prince Harry from pursuing legal action against newspapers over alleged phone-hacking. Prince Harry stated in a witness statement that he was “summoned to Buckingham Palace” and advised to drop the cases due to their impact on the family.