King Charles played an absolute 'blinder' over Harry and Meghan's coronation invitations

The King handled the dilemma of whether or not to invite the Sussexes to his coronation 'perfectly', according to a royal expert

King Charles played an absolute blinder over Harry and Meghan's coronation invitations
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The King has been praised for handling the issue of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s attendance at his coronation, with one royal expert claiming he has 'played a blinder' by leaving the decision up to the Sussex couple. 

King Charles III has been applauded for his handling of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s attendance at his Coronation, with one royal expert praising the 74-year-old for allowing the couple to make the decision themselves. 

Ever since Buckingham Palace announced that His Majesty and the Queen Consort will be crowned at Westminster Abbey on Saturday, May 6, royal fans have been desperate to know all the details about the historic event. 

The coronation will see Charles officially succeed his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II, as monarch, and will be marked by a number of celebrations across the UK. It’s understood that around 2,000 guests have been invited to attend the ceremony, with dignitaries and politicians from around the world traveling to London for the momentous occasion. 

Prince William and Kate Middleton’s three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, are also expected to play ‘prominent’ roles alongside their parents in the coronation. 

It remains unknown, however, whether or not Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will attend the crowning of Charles and Camilla this summer. 

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s relationship with their British relatives have been notoriously strained since their withdrawal from the Royal Family in January 2020, when they moved to North America to pursue independence from the Firm. The couple’s CBS interview with Oprah Winfrey in March 2021, in which they made allegations of racism against the Palace, and the subsequent release of their controversial Netflix docuseries in December, only served to exacerbate these tensions. 

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The publication of Harry’s first memoir, Spare, which is jam-packed with bombshell claims about the 38-year-old’s experiences in the Royal Family, has also been a major contributor to the ongoing rift. 

Despite this, it's been widely reported that Meghan and Harry will still be invited to the King and Queen’s coronation. The couple has yet to publicly RSVP, however, leaving royal fans across the world speculating over their attendance. 

“The King, actually, has played a blinder here,” BBC royal correspondent, Michael Cole, told Sky News Australia. “He’s made it clear from the very beginning that his youngest son, and his youngest son’s wife, are perfectly welcome at the Coronation.” 

According to the royal reporter, this strategy "puts the ball in their court" but also leaves them vulnerable to criticism regardless of their final decision. 

"They have to decide, if they decide they don’t come it will make them look a little bit petty and mean-spirited," he explained. 

"And of course, if they do come, it will leave them open to the charge of hypocrisy."

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.