London: Princes Harry And Andrew Both of them will attend the coronation King Charles III on Saturday but will not have an official role in the proceedings – confirming they will remain out in the open.
Charles’s younger son, Harry, and his American wife, Meghan, stepped down from their royal duties in 2020, and have since launched a series of barbed attacks on the monarchy.
Andrew, the King’s older brother, was frozen over his past relationship with the late US financier Jeffrey Epstein and a related sexual assault allegation that was settled out of court.
Harry, Duke of Sussex, 38, and Andrew, Duke of York, 63, will attend the coronation service at London’s Westminster Abbey, but will not perform any duties.
The couple will also miss the public procession behind the Gold State coach carrying the newly crowned monarch from the Abbey to Buckingham Palace after the ceremony.
But she may appear on the balcony of the palace.
Harry is fifth in line to the throne after his brother Prince William and William’s three children – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis of Wales.
Andrew is eighth in line, coming after Harry and his children – Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet of Sussex.
After he finally decides to turn up, Harry’s every move will be scrutinized closely. He returns to his family for the first time since they were subjected to a barrage of criticism in his memoir “Spear” and a series of television interviews.
Meghan stayed in California with the children, thus avoiding potentially awkward interactions with her in-laws.
At the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, each of the royal duchesses paid personal homage and fealty to the monarch, in a public pledge of allegiance.
They vowed to “become a faithful man to you in life and earthly limbs and worship; and I will bear faith and truth to you, to live and to die, over all kinds of people. So help me, O God.”
But this time, only William, heir to the throne, will speak “words of homage” and pay “homage to the royal blood,” as he calls the coronation mass – sparing Harry from kneeling before his father.
Buckingham Palace did not say whether Harry and Andrew would appear on the balcony after the ceremony.
At last June’s celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee of her 70 years on the throne, the balcony appearance was restricted to only members of the royal family.
But her coronation in 1953 featured several balconies, so it’s likely that Harry and Andrew will appear among a larger gathering of the royal family.
Saturday is Archie’s fourth birthday, so Harry might as well head out quickly to his home in California.
Andrew’s links with Epstein – boyfriend of Prince’s girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell – have come back to haunt him.
An American woman, Virginia Giuffre, said she was pressured into having sex with Andrew when she was 17 after giving birth to him by Epstein, who was convicted in 2008 of procuring a child for prostitution.
Andrew denied the allegations in a November 2019 interview with the BBC, but it nonetheless went down badly.
Within days he backed out of his sponsorship and in May 2020 he resigned permanently from all public roles.
The case was settled out of court in February 2022, with Giuffre accepting a donation to her charity and Andrew not accepting liability.
Andrew was involved in the events surrounding Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, but after mourning his mother, Charles showed no sign of being allowed to return to public life.


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