EXCLUSIVE: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex not attending the Coronation could prove a “fatal, irreversible blow” on the Royal Family, an expert has claimed.
A royal expert has commented on the consequences of a potential no-show
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have, so far, not announced their plans for May 6. However, PR expert and Go Up’s Chief Executive Edward Coram-James has claimed that a no-show from the pair could hold some negative consequences – particularly “within the family itself”.
“It risks drawing out the conflict over the long term.”
He added: “On the other end of the spectrum, the Sussexes not attending would draw as much, if not more, media attention.
“It would give further oxygen to the rift and allegations that the Sussexes have levelled at the Royal Family.”
The couple stepped down as senior royals in 2020
He added that the docuseries and Harry’s book, which he stated are now “disappearing into the rearview mirror from a PR point of view”, could be at risk of being “topical again” with the couple’s potential absence.
Mr Coram-James continued: “And the shadow of their absence would loom large over the entire ceremony, risking becoming the elephant in the room and an unwanted side show.”
Earlier this month, the Sussexes revealed that an invite had been extended to them – via email.
Despite publicly addressing the invitation, which many believed could not have been extended due to the ongoing tensions, the pair failed to state if they would be at Westminster Abbey on May 6.
Meghan and Harry have not announced their response to the invite
It has also been reported that the couple’s two children, Archie and Lilibet, have not been invited to join their royal relatives on their grandfather’s big day.
The ages of Harry and Meghan’s children has been noted by many as a potential reason for them not been invited.
Lilibet will, at the time, be a few weeks shy of her second birthday.
Archie will celebrate his fourth birthday on the day of the Coronation.
The couple completed their final royal engagement in March 2020
The King’s Coronation will be held at Westminster Abbey, the same place that the late Queen was crowned in 1953.
King Charles III was four-years-old when he witnessed his mother being crowned.
Due to this, royal author and historian Dr Tessa Dunlop recently told True Royalty TV’s The Royal Beat that it will be “odd” if Archie is not invited to join his parents this spring.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK