After several years of very public family fallouts, a question mark hovered for months over whether Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, would make the journey from California to London for the coronation.
But last month, Buckingham Palace said in a clipped statement that Prince Harry would attend — alone. Meghan is remaining in the United States with the couple’s children, Prince Archie, who turns 4 on Saturday, and Princess Lilibet, 1.
Since Harry and Meghan withdrew from royal duties in 2020 and moved to the United States, the Duke of Sussex has attended a few royal events, including the funerals of his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II in September and his grandfather Prince Philip in 2021.
But his attendance at his father’s coronation, and that of Harry’s wife and children, had been a subject of constant speculation after interviews, documentaries and Harry’s memoir, “Spare,” portrayed a growing rift in the royal family.
News of Harry’s brief return to the royal fold came one month after he and Meghan were asked to move out of Frogmore Cottage, their five-bedroom house on the grounds of Windsor Castle. Queen Elizabeth had offered the house to the couple at the time of their wedding in 2018, and it served as their home base when they visited Britain after moving to Montecito, Calif.