King invites Harry and Meghan to the Coronation despite row over Frogmore eviction and duke’s candid ‘toxic trauma’ Q&A: Sussexes confirm they have received ’email correspondence’ from the Palace – but couple refuse to say whether they will be attending
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been invited to the coronation of his father King Charles later this year, but are refusing to confirm whether or not they will attend.
Prince Harry, who along with his wife Meghan, has launched a series of extraordinary attacks against the Royal Family in recent months, has confirmed he received an email from his father about the event.
The coronation, which is set to be seen by millions of people in the UK and potentially billions around the world, will take place on May 6 – the same day as the fourth birthday of Archie, Harry’s son.
The news comes days after Charles kicked his son and daughter-in-law out of their British home, Frogmore Cottage, a move that is thought to complicate any future visits to the UK from the California-based couple.
It was revealed the same night Harry spoke candidly about his use of illegal drugs during an intimate chat with ‘toxic trauma’ expert Dr Gabor Mate in an online livestream.
King Charles has invited his youngest son Prince Harry to his coronation on May 6, this year. Pictured: Harry speaks to his father as his wife Meghan Markle looks on during Trooping The Colour 2018
The Sussexes have not yet confirmed whether they will be attending the coronation. Pictured: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit the Andalusian Gardens in Rabat, the capital of Morocco, in 2019
There has been much debate in recent months about whether King Charles would invite his youngest son to his coronation.
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The relationship between the Sussexes and the rest of the Royal Family has become strained in recent years, with both Harry and Meghan publicly criticising the Firm.
As well as hitting out at the institution, Harry revealed intimate, personal conversations involving himself and other members of this family his memoir Spare, which was released earlier this year.
The publication saw explosive details of the fractious relationship between Harry and his older brother William laid bare, including the Duke retelling how they were involved in a physical altercation that left Harry visibly injured.
This was followed by Charles evicting Harry and Meghan from their grace-and-favour home, Frogmore Cottage, which lies on the grounds of the Windsor estate.
It has been suggested that the King will offer the Sussexes the chance to use Prince Andrew’s Buckingham Palace apartment as an olive branch to tempt them into returning to the UK for visits.
Despite this, a spokesperson for the Sussexes confirmed that the couple has now been invited to the event.
A Sussex spokesperson told The Times: ‘I can confirm The Duke has recently received email correspondence from His Majesty’s office regarding the coronation.
‘An immediate decision on whether The Duke and Duchess will attend will not be disclosed by us at this time.’
King Charles and Camilla, Queen Consort, leave after a visit to Bolton Town Hall on January 20, 2023
Oils from the Mount of Olives mixed with essential oils and blessed in Jerusalem to become Chrism Oil, which will be used in the coronation
It comes after Harry admitted last night that marijuana had ‘really helped’ him but that cocaine and alcohol were more ‘social’ during a candid Q&A.
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Trauma expert Dr Gabor Mate spoke of the way people used drugs to deal with problems in their lives before asking Harry’s about his reasons for using drugs including cocaine and cannabis.
‘The first one you mentioned, that didn’t do anything for me, it was more a social thing. It gave me a sense of belonging and probably also made me feel different to the way I was feeling,’ Harry said.
‘Marijuana is different, that actually did really help me.’
The prince said alcohol was also ‘more of a social thing’ and complained about peer pressure around drinking.
He added that using psychedelics was like’ the cleaning of the windshield, removal of life’s filters’.
‘It removed it all for me and brought me a sense of relaxation, release, comfort, a lightness that I managed to hold onto for a period of time,’ he said.
‘For me I started doing it recreationally and then started to realise how good it was for me. I would say it is one of the fundamental parts of my life that changed me and helped me deal with the traumas and the pains of the past.’
During the livestream he also confirmed he encouraged his family to undergo therapy so they could ‘speak his language’, and claimed he had been diagnosed with PTSD triggered by the death of his mother Diana when he was 12.
He added that he doesn’t see himself as a ‘victim’, but that his wife Meghan had ‘saved him’.
He said: ‘I was stuck in this world, she was from a different world and helped draw me out of that. My partner is an exceptional human being and I’m eternally grateful for the wisdom and the space she’s been able to give to me.’
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