Dior has revealed that they dressed Prince Harry for King Charles’s coronation, as the royal family refrained from wearing a military uniform.
The Duke of Sussex, 38, wore a designer suit for today’s event, which he watched from the third row, as senior members of the royal family wore their military attire.
The French fashion house revealed on their social media channels that they had the “honour” of dressing the royal for the event, adding that he wore a bespoke design by Kim Jones, Dior Men’s Artistic Director.
Harry, who left for Heathrow soon after his father’s coronation, where he caught a flight home to California, still wore his tributes on the suit.
After his father’s coronation, Harry left Westminster Abbey and got straight into a car that immediately left London and headed for the airport.
Dior revealed they dressed Prince Harry for King Charles’ coronation at Westminster Abbey as the royal family refrained from wearing a military uniform
Shortly after the coronation ceremony, Dior took to its social media to reveal that Kim Jones was the designer behind the father-of-two’s suit.
‘Tailor-made for royalty. Dior is honored to have dressed Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex for the coronation of King Charles III in a special Kim Jones design,” the brand wrote on social media.
“Seen arriving at Westminster Abbey, then gain insight into the savoir-faire of his three-piece suit,” it added.
The three-piece suit consisted of a dressing gown, a black waistcoat, which Harry wore with a crisp white shirt and a pearl gray tie.
Royal commentators had speculated over whether the royal family would wear a military uniform – after wearing none for the late Queen’s funeral last September.
Military historian Dr Peter Johnston told True Royalty TV’s The Royal Beat in April that Harry may be allowed to pay another tribute to his service despite two tours in Afghanistan.
“I imagine Harry won’t be wearing a uniform (at the coronation),” he said. Even if veteran did those two tours in Afghanistan, he won’t wear a uniform.
The father-of-two wore a design custom-made by the brand’s artistic director, Kim Jones, at the event
Shortly after the coronation ceremony, the French fashion house announced that it had designed the suit
“I imagine he’ll be wearing his medals, but where he fits in the procession and where he goes will also probably be pretty similar to where he was at the funeral.”
Discussing Harry’s role in the procession, the historical expert added that he “will be part of it, but not necessarily a (leading) part of it.”
Harry was expected to return to Meghan in Montecito soon so they could celebrate the birthday of their son, Archie, who turns four today.
It is believed that the Duke boarded a British Airways flight to Los Angeles International. The flight time is approximately 11 hours, which means he can get back to California in time for his son’s special day.
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, arrives at the Windsor Suite in a police convoy departing on a British Airways flight from LHR to LAX
Prince Harry watches his brother Prince William in the front row at the coronation of their father King Charles III at Westminster Abbey
The moment the Duke of Sussex, 38, told Jack Brooksbank he was ‘going away’ as they took their seats in Westminster Abbey, before uttering the words ‘airport’, according to a professional lip reader
The King’s youngest son was all smiles as he boarded a black vehicle immediately after the event on Saturday afternoon and hurried back to the airport.
The same car was then led away from the capital by a police motorcade in the direction of Heathrow.
There was no appearance from Harry nor his uncle, Prince Andrew, on the Buckingham Palace balcony for the day’s final, with the Palace previously confirming that the ex-working royals had no formal role in the event.
After his father’s service at Westminster Abbey, Harry got straight into a car which immediately left London and headed for the airport.
(left to right 3rd and 4th rows): The Duke of York, Princess Beatrice, Peter Phillips, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Zara Tindall, Princess Eugenie, Jack Brooksbank, Mike Tindall and the Duke of Sussex, (left to right 2nd row ) The Earl of Wessex, Lady Louise Windsor, The Duke of Gloucester, The Duchess of Gloucester, The Princess Royal Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, Prince Michael of Kent, Princess Michael of Kent, (1st Row) The Prince of Wales, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, The Princess of Wales and The Duke of Edinburgh and The Duchess of Edinburgh
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, chats with Princess Anne as they take their seats for the coronation ceremony
The Duke of Sussex, 38, seemed keen to put on a jovial display at Westminster Abbey as he chatted with relatives amid ongoing speculation about the royal family’s inner turmoil following the release of his bombshell memoir Spare
Prince Harry walks alone down the aisle at Westminster Abbey
It was reported that the Duke was invited to a post-coronation luncheon at Buckingham Palace in what many would have seen as an olive branch after his explosive memoir, Spare left members of the royal family reeling – most notably his brother Prince William.
Harry had had an awkward smile at his father’s ceremony as he was forced to watch the event of a generation from his relegated third row seat – while his sibling took center stage next to a beaming Kate Middleton.
Harry had no formal role in day-to-day affairs as he is no longer a working royal.
The duke seemed keen to put on a jovial display, however, amid ongoing speculation about the royal family’s inner turmoil following the release of his bombshell book in February.
With medals pinned to his jacket, he had been seen laughing and smiling as he entered the church alongside Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice and their respective husbands Jack Brooksbank and Edo Mapelli Mozzi.
He had nodded awkwardly to other guests as he endured a solo walk down the aisle to sit next to his cousins before his father and the current Queen Camilla arrived.
Once sat next to Mr. Brooksbank, a lip reader consulted by Hello! magazine believes the Duke told him, “I’ll be right at the airport.”