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Prince Harry’s return to the UK is expected to be so brief he will miss all the Coronation celebrations except the ceremony at Westminster Abbey. The Duke of Sussex reportedly arrived in the UK this morning from California where he lives with his wife Meghan Markle and two children, Archie and Lilibet. But it is thought to be a flying visit as there are “no plans” for Harry to be involved in this afternoon’s events as reports suggest after making the 5,000-mile trip he will dash back to the US to celebrate his son’s fourth birthday.
Buckingham Palace confirmed that Harry would not have a role during the ceremony, unlike his brother Prince William who will play a poignant role as heir to the throne.
Harry is no longer a working royal after stepping back from the Royal Family with Meghan in March 2020, as a result, they were stripped of their honorary military appointments and royal patronages by Her Late Majesty.
So what will Harry miss out on this weekend?
It has been confirmed Harry will not take part in the procession to and from Westminster Abbey.
King Charles and Queen Camilla will lead the procession from Buckingham Palace on a 1.3-mile route setting off at 10.20am in the horse-drawn Diamond Jubilee State Coach, created in 2012 to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s 60th year on the throne.
Other royals including Princess Anne, the Prince and Princess of Wales, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis will follow closely behind Charles and Camilla.
Private family lunch
Questions remain over how soon after the no-fly zone over London is lifted that Prince Harry will depart for the US, but it is unlikely he will stick around for a family lunch at Buckingham Palace.
The Prince has not been seen with the Royal Family since the Queen’s funeral.
Since then Harry has continued to take several swipes at his family in his tell-all memoir “Spare” and Netflix docuseries.
Undoubtedly one of the most anticipated events of the Coronation is the Buckingham Palace balcony appearance this afternoon.
At around 2pm in the afternoon, the royals will assemble on the balcony to greet the waiting crowd and watch the RAF flypast over the palace.
The King has reportedly been “very clear” about who he wants to represent the Royal Family and Prince Harry has not made the cut.
Instead, joining the newly crowned King and Queen will be Prince William and his wife Kate, Princess of Wales appearing alongside their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
Thought to be joining them, although not confirmed by the palace, are Princess Anne and her husband Sir Timothy Laurence, Prince Edward and Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh, the Duke of Kent, along with Princess Alexandra and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.
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A source told the Telegraph that Harry would not be involved in the official Coronation portraits of the Royal Family Prince Harry as he “prioritises a swift return to his family in California.”
Hugo Burnand, 58, is the trusted photographer chosen to capture the pictures after the ceremony.
He is a regular favourite for the family, capturing Charles and Camilla and William and Kate on both their wedding days.
Celebrations across the country are continuing on Sunday, but again Harry won’t join the rest of the country for a party at the Coronation Concert at Windsor Castle.
As reports suggest the Prince will fly home after the ceremony on Saturday, Harry will be long gone before the concert kicks off on Sunday evening.
The concert will feature musical stars including Take That, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie.
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