King Charles snubs dukes by not sending Coronation invites to them

Meghan Markle set to miss King’s Coronation as Harry attends

The King has snubbed a number of dukes by not extending an invite to them for his Coronation, taking place in three weeks’ time. In line with King Charles’s long-expected plan to slim down the monarchy, not all members of nobility have been invited. Another significant aspect of the Coronation is the inclusion of only working royals on the balcony – leaving out Prince Andrew and Prince Harry.

But the Duke of Rutland and Duke of Somerset have not even received an invite, according to reports.

One Duke who will be attending is the Duke of Norfolk, Edward Fitzalan-Howard, who is also known as the Earl Marshal.

The Earl Marshal title means he is the highest rank duke in the country – and is in charge of overseeing planning of the Coronation.

The ‘duke’ title stands as the highest-ranking hereditary title out of the five peerages.

In order, it is followed by marquess, earl, viscount and baron.

David Manners, who is the current Duke of Rutland, told the Daily Mail he “does not really understand” why he’s not been invited to the Coronation.

Some of those not invited has spoken out at their surprise of not receiving an invite.

Speaking to the Richard Eden, Manners added that he has always “supported” the Royal Family.

He told Eden that “it has been families like mine that have supported the Royal Family over 1,000 years or thereabouts.”

John Seymour, the Duke of Somerset, was “sprucing up the family state coach” in anticipation of an invite, a friend told Eden, who points out is the second oldest dukedom after Norfolk’s.

The King and Queen Camilla are expected to be joined by 2,000 guests on May 6.

After receiving an invite last month, the Duke of Sussex, 38, will join the Royal Family for the King’s big day.

Meghan Markle, however, will not be joining her husband. The 41-year-old has opted to “remain in California” with the couple’s two children.

The Prince of Wales, their three children, Princess Anne and the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh are just some of the royals expected to be in attendance at Westminster Abbey.

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