If Prince Harry and Meghan Markle do decide to make an appearance at King Charles’s coronation in May, they will be at best “minor figures” with little say over where they’re put or what they do, a royal expert has predicted.
Dr Ed Owens, a royal historian, commentator and author, says Palace staff will organise the Coronation in an "extraordinarily careful" manner to avoid any awkward moments.
And that rules out any last minute requests from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for special treatment, he says.
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Ed told the Express: "Harry and Meghan will have no control over how this event plays out, the Royal Household will have complete control over this event.
"The rehearsal schedule will be extremely intense," he explained.
"Everything will be organised down to the second in terms of how the event is meant to unfold, in terms of the role of the different performers.
"If Harry and Meghan are present on the day, they are going to be minor figures at the fringe of this event."
The tight control over the day’s events will apply to TV and radio networks too, he says. The Palace will be able to "control what images broadcasters can share with the public”.
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The Coronation will take place on May 6 at Westminster Abbey and it will be televised around the world.
Speaking with ITV's Tom Bradby as part of the promotional tour of his book, Harry wouldn’t confirm whether he intended to attend the Coronation: "There's a lot that can happen between now and then. But, you know, the door is always open.
"The ball is in their court,” he added. “There’s a lot to be discussed, and I really hope that they are willing to sit down and talk about it."
Earlier this week, a spokesperson for Harry and Meghan confirmed the royal couple had received an invite to the Coronation – but said "an immediate decision on whether the Duke and Duchess will attend" would not be immediately disclosed.
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