Harry and Meghan can start ‘new narrative’ at Coronation, says expert

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could change their public perception if they approach King Charles’s Coronation in May with “humility”, one celebrity PR expert told Express.co.uk.The Duke and Duchess are yet to confirm their attendance at the King’s Coronation on May 6, but the event could be a golden opportunity to improve their dismal popularity ratings, Jordan James, CEO of Unlocked Pr, suggests.

According to the celebrity PR expert, the Coronation provides the perfect platform for the couple to rebut the main charge levelled against them.

He explained: “Harry and Meghan have been criticised for feigning the want for privacy whilst jumping on opportunities for exposure.

“There’s an argument that if they were to attend the Coronation they should be mindful of this perception and keep a low profile.”

Harry and Meghan have constantly faced this accusation since stepping down from royal duties in 2020.

The couple have railed against the British media’s focus on them while pursuing a series of media opportunities in the US.

The apparent contradiction has not gone unnoticed stateside, with a recent comedy series South Park featuring a fictional prince and princess of Canada embarking on a “WorldWide Privacy Tour” in a thinly-veiled parody.

The Duke and Duchess would benefit from keeping the narrative firmly on the King at this year’s Coronation, James believes.

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“It’s a period of celebration for the country, for the Commonwealth and for the family,” he explained.

The PR expert added:”Approaching the day with humility will remind nay sayers that Harry and Meghan are very much part of the family, Britain and the Commonwealth as a whole and this could be the start of the new narrative for the couple as we bring in a new era.”

Will they won’t they

Speculation has swirled around Prince Harry and his wife Meghan’s possible attendance on May 6.

The Duke and Duchess have been invited, but a spokesperson said they would not yet “disclose” whether they have accepted the invitation.

According to reports, there are several obstacles standing in the way of the couple attending the huge event – including security concerns, fears of public backlash, and the involvement of their two children.

But a royal commentator has claimed Harry and Meghan “will come to the Coronation” with their young family, as the pair have demonstrated a desire to maintain their association with the Royal Family.

Russell Myers, associate editor at the Daily Mirror, discussed the latest news surrounding the Sussex saga on a recent episode of the Pod Save The King, which he co-hosts with journalist Zoe Forsey.

Referring to the recent update about Princess Lilibet’s christening, Mr Myers said it is clear the Duke and Duchess “want their children to have the royal connection,” and indicated that the use of royal titles for 21-month-old Princess Lilibet Diana, and her older brother Prince Archie Harrison, suggests the Sussexes will come to the Coronation.

He said “it’s a great shame” that Charles was not present for the christening, which took place at Harry and Meghan’s Montecito home on March 3, adding: “As the King is the head of the Church of England, the Anglican Church, he would certainly find a christening to be a sacred event, a reason to celebrate togetherness and new beginnings.

“Of course, when Archie was christened, there was that amazing picture with the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. And we don’t have that [with Lilibet]; there are no family photos of that royal connection.”

He added: “They want their children to have the royal connection. Of course, the one thing I do think is it means Harry and Megan are going to come to the Coronation and I do think they’ll bring the family because they will want to celebrate that unity with the Royal Family.”

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