‘Meghan’s Coronation absence will relieve royal tension – but Harry was rude to wait so long,’ says expert

Buckingham Palace confirmed today that the Duke of Sussex will travel to the UK for King Charles' Coronation on May 6, while the Duchess of Sussex will stay in the US with the couple's two children, Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet.

The announcement comes after ongoing reports that the couple were delaying their response to officials who are working hard to organise the Coronation down to the last detail.

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

Following the confirmation, OK! spoke with royal expert Jennie Bond about the furore surrounding the couple's attendance at the ancient ceremony.

Referring to reports that the couple were delaying offering a response about attending on May 6, Jennie said: "I think that by taking so long to reply to the invitation, Harry and Meghan have been very rude.

"But now that we know that he's coming, I'm very glad that he is coming to what is probably the most important day in his father's life – it would have been churlish not to do so.

"I think this was always the best compromise, particularly given that Archie's fourth birthday that he should come and Meghan should not."

Jennie continued: "And I think by Meghan not being here, that will make it somewhat less tense.

"It still is going to be full of tension – I don't think that Harry and William will have to interact very much because William will have a primary role [in the Nave of Westminster Abbey] and physically will be separated from his brother, so I don't think they will be forced to converse very much in public."

In terms of the visit to the UK itself, Jennie feels that Harry's trip will be fleeting and that "it's going to be in and out."

Then, referring to the couple's decision to not travel over to the UK with Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet, Jennie laments: "I realise Charles will be very, very busy over the Coronation period.

"But it's still a shame that he won't be given this opportunity to see his grandchildren, because that might have been a very, very lovely treat for him."


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