Prince Harry ‘written out’ of coronation, royal correspondent says

  • The Royal Family has remained silent on claims made by Prince Harry in his forthcoming memoir.
  • But a knock-on effect of Harry’s book could be his involvement in King Charles’ coronation in May.
  • Royal correspondent Roya Nikkah says Harry no longer has a role in the ceremony, although he is attending.

Any potential role Prince Harry may have played in King Charles’ coronation has been scrapped as revelations from his forthcoming memoir continue to emerge, according to one of Britain’s best-known royal correspondents.

Roya Nikkah of The Sunday Times tweeted on Saturday that the Duke of Sussex “has been written out of the script for the coronation, with no official role in the service if he attends”.

Her reporting comes as tantalizing revelations from “Spare,” Harry’s memoir to be released on Tuesday, began to emerge Thursday after Spanish-language versions of the book were displayed in bookstores ahead of its official release date.

Nikkah went on to say that traditional elements of the ceremony which would have seen Harry and other ducal title holders play a role in the coronation will be scrapped.

“Breaking tradition, Charles will scrap royal dukes who kneel and salute the monarch. Only William will perform that role,” she wrote.

“As it stands, there is no role for Harry in the service,” an unnamed source said in Nikkah’s accompanying column for the paper.

Charles III and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex walk behind the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, adorned with a royal standard and the Imperial State Crown and pulled by a gun carriage of the King's troop of Royal Horse Artillery, during a procession from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster, in London on 14 September 2022.

Prince Harry and King Charles at Queen Elizabeth’s funeral in September.

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Buckingham Palace and representatives for Harry did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Insider.

Citing other unnamed sources close to Harry, Nikkah reported that friends of Harry’s believe he will still travel to the UK to attend the May 6 coronation at Westminster Abbey.

“It’s an important moment for Harry’s father and he wants to pay his respects,” an unnamed source said.

In a new promo clip from his interview with Tom Bradby, which aired on British network ITV on Sunday night, Harry himself suggested that he would not be opposed to repairing relations with the royals and attending Charles’ coronation.

Asked if he would attend the ceremony if he received an invitation, the Duke of Sussex said there is “a lot that can happen between now and then.”

“The door is always open. The ball is in their court. There’s a lot to discuss and I really hope they’re willing to sit down and talk about it,” Harry said.

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