Harry and Meghan’s children, Archie and Lilibet, could have a role in King Charles’s coronation, but only if their parents confirm they will attend.
- Officials are waiting for Harry and Meghan to confirm if they will attend
- Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis will join the procession
Harry and Meghan’s children could have a role in King Charles’s coronation, if the Sussexes confirm they will attend.
Royal officials are waiting for the couple to decide if they will accept their invitation to the big day in just seven weeks, and if they will bring Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet with them. Once Palace attendees get that answer, they can open up discussions about what roles children can play.
News broke yesterday that Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis will be part of the King’s procession from Westminster Abbey after the ceremony. Initial reports suggested that Prince Archie, who will turn four on the same big day, and Lilibet, one, had not been invited to participate.
But a royal source said last night they were awaiting word from the Sussexes before discussions could begin over the King’s two youngest grandchildren.
Documents from the trial, seen by The Times, revealed that the Prince of Wales’s children will travel with their parents when the royal party leaves the Abbey. Charles and Camilla will travel back to Buckingham Palace in the Gold State Coach, with the next in line to the throne following.
Prince Harry and Meghan’s children, Archie and Lilibet, could have a role in King Charles’ coronation
Step by step: A look at the plan for the coronation of King Charles
Nine-year-old George and seven-year-old Charlotte took part in the Queen’s funeral procession last September, but four-year-old Louis was deemed “too young” at the time.
Other royals working the May 6 procession include the Princess Royal, her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tom Laurence, the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent and the princess Alexandra. As non-working royals, Prince Andrew, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are not expected to participate.
Draft documents circulating among those involved in planning the Coronation have revealed a possible timeline of events, as detailed in the graphic above, though nothing has been finalized yet. Charles has asked for a more modest coronation than his mother’s three-hour service in 1953.
A source added: ‘Two versions of the plans (for the day) are being drawn up. One includes Harry and Meghan and the other does not. The times are all approximate at this stage, but they are now working towards a schedule.’
Buckingham Palace declined to comment.
Nine-year-old Prince George (left) and his sister Princess Charlotte (centre), who will turn eight shortly before the ceremony, are currently expected to attend. The decision on whether or not to bring Prince Louis (bottom right), who turns five in April, is reportedly being “mulled over” by the Prince (second left) and Princess of Wales (right).