He was invited after being set aside: Harry, the youngest son of Charles III, who is at odds with the royal family, and the king’s brother Andrew, who has already retired from public office, will not play a formal role in the coronation. Bakijam Palace confirmed this on Saturday.
The Duke of Sussex (Harry) and the Duke of York (Andrew) are no longer active members of the royal family, as the first left voluntarily for the United States with his wife Megan in 2020, and the second after he got out of the cases following allegations. from sexual assault.
Despite joining the funeral procession behind Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin in Westminster Abbey after her death last September, Harry and Andrew will not join the royal couple this time as they return to Buckingham Palace after the ceremony.
It is also unlikely that they will appear on the balcony for the traditional royal salute, although the palace has not revealed who will be assisting Charles and Camilla on the occasion.
But even without an official role, many eyes will be on Harry. His place in Westminster Abbey would say much about the state of his relationship with his father and perhaps even with his brother, the heir to the throne William, who spared no hesitation in his book ‘Reserve’, published last January.
Harry’s role will be in stark contrast to that of William, who, as heir to the throne, will kneel during the ceremony and swear allegiance to the king.
Andrew gradually gets used to his place in the background. He is no longer allowed to appear in official public and his military titles were stripped in early 2022 following allegations of sexual abuse of a 17-year-old girl. Andrew bought the case out of court.
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