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King Charles‘s plan to invite Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, to his Coronation has sparked a backlash among some royal fans. The monarch is believed to have asked the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby to strike a deal with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for them to attend the historic ceremony at Westminster Abbey.
The king’s wish has reportedly been met with resistance by Prince William, according to the Mail on Sunday.
It has also prompted criticism on social media with Twitter users speculating as to whether the Sussexes will want to come or if King Charles can cater for his youngest son.
Fellow Twitter user Destine50 wrote: “I am sure he wishes his son could be a part of the Coronation. Unfortunately, he can’t cater to him on this occasion. The Coronation is about the country and the monarchy, and that needs to be the primary concern.”
And Twitter user Jess added: “I hope they don’t attend. Anyway, I’m sure they have special plans for Archie’s birthday.
“Funny the timing of the #Coronation isn’t it? #May6.”
King Charles’s Coronation will take place over the first weekend in May, from Saturday 6 to Monday 8.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son, Archie, will also turn four on May 6.
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According to reports, King Charles is said to believe the Sussexes’ absence from the Coronation will be a greater distraction than their presence and is prepared to make concessions in a bid to persuade them to attend.
Prince William is understood to be concerned his brother will use the event to stage a “stunt” which would overshadow the event.
The latest Ipsos poll carried out for the London Evening Standard shows two-thirds of Britons think Harry should attend the ceremony.
However, it showed 30 percent of those polled think he should stay away after the highly personal and potentially damaging revelations made about members of his family in his memoir Spare.
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The poll exposed a striking age gap between those who support the Duke’s invitation to the Coronation and those who do not.
Those aged 55 and over were almost split in half, with 42 percent opposed to Harry attending and 47 percent in favour.
Three-quarters of 18 to 34-year-olds were in favour of the Duke attending as well as a majority of 35 to 54-year-olds (65 percent).
According to Buckingham Palace, the Coronation will be “a solemn religious service, as well as an occasion for celebration and pageantry”.
It aims to “reflect the monarch’s role today and look towards the future, while being rooted in longstanding traditions and pageantry”.
Charles and Camilla, the Queen Consort, will arrive at the Abbey in procession from Buckingham Palace, known as the King’s procession. After the service, they will return to the palace in a larger ceremonial procession known as the Coronation procession for which they will be joined by other members of the Royal Family.
At the palace, Charles and Camilla will be joined by family members on the balcony to conclude the day’s ceremonial events.
The palace has not said which family members will appear in the Coronation procession or on the balcony.
Sunday will see “global music icons and contemporary stars” descend on Windsor Castle for a Coronation concert which will be broadcast live on the BBC.
Several thousand members of the public will be selected to receive a pair of free tickets through a national ballot held by the BBC. The audience will also include volunteers from the King and Queen Consort’s charity affiliations.
The Monday, which is a bank holiday, has been set aside for volunteering and is being billed as “the big help out”.
Organised by The Together Coalition and a wide range of partners such as The Scouts, the Royal Voluntary Service and faith groups from across the UK, the big help out aims to highlight the positive impact volunteering has on communities.
The palace said in tribute to the King’s public service, the big help out “will encourage people to try volunteering for themselves and join the work being undertaken to support their local areas”.
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