Ever since Prince Harry released his memoir Spare in early January, palace insiders have reportedly been concerned that Harry’s publicity tour—and his book’s negative revelations about the royal family, namely Prince William and Queen Consort Camilla—might overshadow the May 6 coronation of King Charles III. Still, in late January, sources told Vanity Fair that Harry and Meghan would be invited to the coronation because, as one said, “Whatever has been said and done, Harry is still his son and he loves him.”
Formal invitations reportedly won’t be mailed until April, but on Saturday, a spokesperson for Harry and Meghan said they received a save-the-date email. “I can confirm the Duke has recently received email correspondence from His Majesty’s office regarding the coronation,” a spokesperson for the couple said, per the BBC. “An immediate decision on whether the Duke and Duchess will attend will not be disclosed by us at this time.”
The coronation is set to take place on the fourth birthday of the couple’s son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor and soon before the reported deadline when Meghan and Harry will need to vacate Frogmore Cottage, the historic home near Windsor Castle that the couple renovated during their time as senior royals. The process to evict the couple from Frogmore reportedly began the day after Spare was published.
The last public royal event that the couple attended was the September 19 funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, during which Harry joined with the members of his family to march behind the procession. The couple also joined the family for the late queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations last June, and though they were not among the family members who watched Trooping the Colour from the Buckingham Palace balcony, they later attended a public Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral alongside Harry’s relatives.
Over the weekend, a conversation between Harry and psychiatrist and best-selling author Gabor Maté was streamed as a promotional event. During the event, he said that undergoing therapy taught him a “new language and the people that I was surrounded by, they didn’t speak that language.” He added that he “did the thing of trying to encourage everyone” in his family to experience therapy themselves.
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