Prince Harry and Prince Andrew to have no formal Coronation roles, Palace confirms

Prince Harry and and Prince Andrew will not have formal roles at the Coronation, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.

The Duke of Sussex and the Duke of York, who are no longer working royals, will attend the service on Saturday, but will not perform any duties.

The two men will also be absent from the procession behind the Gold State Coach carrying the newly crowned King and Queen from Westminster Abbey back to Buckingham Palace after the ceremony.

All eyes will be on Harry as he faces his relatives in public for the first time since he criticised King Charles, Queen Camilla and the Prince and Princess of Wales in his tell-all memoir Spare.

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Meghan Markle will remain at home in California with their children, Archie and Lilibet, celebrating Archie’s fourth birthday which falls on the same day.

Harry has indicated he has enough material to fill another book, which is likely to make the royals wary of encountering him.

He will make a quick exit, flying back to the US to mark Archie’s birthday straight after the Abbey ceremony. This means he will miss Charles and Camilla's celebratory lunch at Buckingham Palace.

The couple will be joined at the Palace by relatives including Prince William, Kate Middleton and their children, as well as Camilla's children and grandchildren.

Andrew stepped down from public life after his disastrous Newsnight interview in November 2019 and the furore over his friendship with paedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein.

Virginia Giuffre sued him for allegedly sexually assaulting her when she was 17 after she was trafficked by Epstein. Andrew denied the claims.

The late Queen’s disgraced second son went on to pay millions to settle a civil sexual assault case brought by Virginia, who he says he has never to have met.

Ahead of his legal settlement, his mother stripped him of all of his honorary military roles, including Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, and he gave up his HRH style.

While Andrew will be at the Coronation, an invite has not been extended to his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson. While the couple split in 1992 and divorced four years later, they remain close and Sarah stood by her ex during his legal struggle.


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