Meghan and Harry ‘seating plan negotiations behind delayed response’

Harry and Meghan’s reply to their coronation invite was reportedly delayed because they were engaging in a “back and forth” over the seating arrangements, a new report claims.

Duke and Duchess of Sussex were allegedly concerned with who would sit in front and behind them in the seating arrangement at Westminster Abbey on 6 May.

The news follows Buckingham Palace’s announcement on Wednesday (12 April), confirming that the Duke of Sussex will attend the coronation, but Meghan will stay at home in California with their two children. King Charles is reportedly “disappointed” that his daughter-in-law and grandchildren will miss the event.

It comes as Author Deepak Chopra has said the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are “struggling right now” amid their rift with the royal family.

The mindfulness expert, who appeared on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s holiday special podcast back in 2020, has said: “I enjoyed the podcast and interacted with them. It has been periodic – they’re struggling right now.”

Meanwhile, King Charles is not inviting Prince Andrew’s ex-wife Sarah Ferguson to his coronation, The Independent has learnt.

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Harry and Meghan coronation reply delayed due to ‘extensive back and forth’ over seating plan

09:11 , Ellie Muir

Prince Harry’s reply to his and Meghan’s coronation invite was reportedly delayed because they were “preoccuppied” as to where they would be seated, a new report claims.

The report claims that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were especially concerned with who would sit in front and behind them in the seating arrangement at Westminster Abbey on 6 May.

A source reportedly told The Daily Mail: “Harry’s side was keen to find out, presumably because they wanted to rubber-stamp it, what the seating plan at the Abbey is.”

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Harry’s coronation reply delayed due to ‘extensive back and forth’ over seating

From Prince Harry to Joanna Lumley: Who is attending King Charles’s coronation?

09:00 , Ellie Muir

King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla will be joined by 2,000 guests at Westminster Abbey for their coronation on 6 May.

Among the senior members of the royal family, a number of celebrities, actors, and politicians in attendance. The Archbishop of Canterbury will conduct the ceremony.

So far, Prince Harry, Joanna Lumley and Jill Biden are among the guests confirmed to be attending.

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Who is attending King Charles’s coronation?

King Charles III makes TIME 100 Most Influential People list

08:30 , Ellie Muir

King Charles III has been named as one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2023.

The new monarch appeared on the list under the Icons category, alongside author Salman Rushdie, Chinese dissident Peng Lifa, actor Jennifer Coolidge, trans journalist Imara Jones, and others.

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King Charles III makes TIME 100 Most Influential People list

Camilla is the ‘Yin to King Charles’s Yang’, says insider

08:00 , Ellie Muir

Queen Camilla is the “yin” to King Charles’s “yang”, a new report has claimed.

Ahead of the new monarch’s coronation on 6 May, the royal family have been preparing for the grand ceremony. Earlier this week, Prince Harry was confirmed to be attending without his wife, Meghan, and their two children.

“[Camilla] is the yin to his yang,” an insider told People. “She is the type to say, ‘It’ll all be fine, let’s crack on and get on with things.’”

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Camilla is the ‘Yin to King Charles’s Yang’, says insider

Deepak Chopra says Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are ‘struggling’ amid royal family rift

07:20 , Ellie Muir

Author Deepak Chopra has said the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are “struggling right now” amidst their rift with the British royal family.

The Indian-American mindfulness expert, who appeared on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s holiday special podcast back in 2020, recently gave insight into the Sussexes’ current state of mind as Harry prepares to attend King Charles III’s coronation next month.

While speaking to The Daily Mail at a red carpet event in London, Chopra said about his work with the royal couple: “I enjoyed the podcast and interacted with them. It has been periodic – they’re struggling right now.”

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Deepak Chopra says Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are ‘struggling’

Denise Welch calls Camilla ‘Charles’s side piece’ as she says she’s ‘not a fan’

Thursday 13 April 2023 14:15 , Ellie Muir

Loose Women panellist Denise Welch has called Queen Camilla “Charles’s side piece” as she admits she lacks “enthusiasm” for the forthcoming coronation.

Welch, 64, admitted that “the monarchy isn’t the same” since the late Queen Elizabeth II died in September.

“I feel like [for] a lot of people, the monarchy isn’t the same since the Queen died,” Welch said.

She added that she was not a “fan” of Queen Camilla, Charles’s second wife.

Welch continued: “I’m not particularly a Camilla fan, the fact is I just think she was there from the beginning of his marriage to Diana and I think it’s disrespectful to Prince Harry and… and I can’t get over that she was the side piece.”

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Denise Welch calls Camilla ‘Charles’s side piece’ and declares she’s ‘not a fan’

Queen Elizabeth II was ‘surprised’ when Meghan Markle ‘dismissed’ her advice, new book claims

Thursday 13 April 2023 13:45 , Ellie Muir

Queen Elizabeth II was “surprised” when Meghan Markle “dismissed” her advice for adjusting to royal life, according to the author of a new royal book.

Royal commentator Robert Jobson made the claim in his new book titled: Our King Charles III: The Man and the Monarch Revealed, set to be published on 13 April.

Chelsea Ritschel reports:

Queen Elizabeth was ‘surprised’ when Meghan ‘dismissed’ her advice, new book claims

King Charles ‘tired and infuriated’ as Prince Andrew ‘refuses to leave Royal Lodge’, report says

Thursday 13 April 2023 13:15 , Ellie Muir

King Charles III is said to be “tired and infuriated” by his brother, the Duke of York’s resistance to moving out of the Royal Lodge.

It was previously reported that the monarch offered the keys to Frogmore Cottage to Prince Andrew, after asking the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to vacate it.

But the disgraced duke, who has not been a working royal since 2020, is understood to be resisting any attempts to move him out of his current residence and into the smaller royal property.

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King Charles ‘tired and infuriated’ as Prince Andrew ‘refuses to leave Royal Lodge’

6 of the biggest claims about the royal family in new King Charles biography

Thursday 13 April 2023 12:45 , Ellie Muir

A new biography about King Charles III, authored by royal biographer Robert Jobson, is set to be released on Thursday 13 April.

The book, titled Our King Charles III: The Man and the Monarch Revealed, charts the new monarch’s trajectory from his birth to his ascension to the throne, which took place after the death of Queen Elizabeth II last year.

According to his publisher, Jobson set out to reveal “the real man behind the crown” and examine Charles’s “passions, purpose and motivations” as the UK gears up for the coronation on 6 May.

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6 of the biggest claims about the royal family in new King Charles biography

King Charles ‘disappointed’ that Meghan, Archie and Lilibet will be absent from coronation

Thursday 13 April 2023 12:15 , Ellie Muir

King Charles III is reportedly “very disappointed” that his daughter-in-law the Duchess of Sussex nor his grandchildren, Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet, will attend his and Queen Camilla’s coronation next month.

Buckingham Palace announced on Wednesday (12 April) that the Duke of Sussex will attend the coronation, but Meghan Markle will stay at home in California with their two children.

It comes after much speculation over whether the couple would fly to the UK to attend the crowning of King Charles on 6 May, amid tensions between them and the rest of the royal family.

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King Charles ‘disappointed’ that Meghan will be absent from coronation

King decides Fergie will not be invited to the coronation

Thursday 13 April 2023 11:31 , Ellie Muir

King Charles is not inviting his former sister-in-law the Duchess of York to his coronation, The Independent has learnt.

Sarah Ferguson, who still lives with Prince Andrew and is very close to him even though they divorced in 1996, will have to watch the May 6 celebrations at Westminster Abbey on TV.

The news follows Buckingham Palace’s announcement on Wednesday (12 April) that Prince Harry will attend the King’s coronation on his own, while his wife, Meghan, will stay at home in California with Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet.

The King and Queen Consort’s decision means that Fergie will not be seated next to her daughters, Beatrice and Eugenie, who are 10th and 11th in line to the throne.

Jane Dalton has the full story below:

King decides Fergie will NOT be invited to the coronation

Prince Andrew’s ‘insane’ list of travelling demands revealed by ex-diplomat

Thursday 13 April 2023 11:15 , Ellie Muir

The Duke of York had an “insane” list of demands while travelling abroad, including a 6ft ironing board and room-temperature water only, according to an ex-diplomat.

Former UK diplomat Simon Wilson is set to describe Prince Andrew’s wishes in the forthcoming ITV documentary The Real Crown: Inside the House of Windsor, which will be released on 20 April.

Wilson recalled receiving the list when he was working as the deputy head of a British mission to Bahrain in 2002. Andrew was the Special Representative for International Trade and Investment for the trip.

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Prince Andrew’s ‘insane’ list of travelling demands revealed by ex-diplomat

Ab Fab star Joanna Lumley to attend King Charles and Queen Camilla’s coronation

Thursday 13 April 2023 11:36 , Ellie Muir

Joanna Lumley will be among the 2,000 guests attending the King’s Coronation at Westminster Abbey on 6 May.

Sky News announced on Thursday (13 April) that the Absolutely Fabulous star will be joining correspondents Alastair Bruce, Kay Burley and Anna Botting as a special guest in the news coverage on the day, fresh from attending the coronation service.

The statement reads: “The actress will join the Sky News line-up on Saturday fresh from attending the Coronation service at Westminster Abbey as a guest of the King and Queen Consort.”

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Joanna Lumley to attend King Charles and Queen Camilla’s coronation

Inside Royal Lodge: Prince Andrew’s 30-room mansion that Prince William ‘has his eye on’

Thursday 13 April 2023 10:45 , Ellie Muir

The Duke of York has resided in the Royal Lodge in Windsor Park for nearly 20 years, but his reported refusal to move out is said to have left King Charles III “tired and infuriated”.

It is understood that the King wishes for Prince Andrew to vacate the royal property and move into the smaller Frogmore Cottage instead, with suggestions that the Prince of Wales “has his eye” on the mansion to “reflect his new role” as heir to the throne.

Andrew first moved into the vast property in 2004 and made it his family home. He lives there with ex-wife Sarah Ferguson.

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Inside Royal Lodge, Prince Andrew’s 30-room mansion that William ‘has his eye on’

Everything we know about 2023 coronation ceremony

Thursday 13 April 2023 10:15 , Ellie Muir

The coronation will take place at Westminster Abbey in London where there are expected to be 2,000 guests in attendance, a stark contrast to the 8,000 guests present at the Queen’s coronation in 1953.

Charles will turn 74 years old in November 2022, making him the oldest person to be crowned in British history.

William, Prince of Wales is expected to play an important role in the committee organising his father’s coronation.

Here’s everything you need to know about the coronation ceremony:

When is the coronation of King Charles III?

Coronation coins with first ever crowned effigy of King Charles III revealed by Royal Mint

Thursday 13 April 2023 09:40 , Ellie Muir

A crowned portrait of the King will for the first time feature on a new range of commemorative coins created to celebrate the upcoming coronation.

The collection, which includes a 50p and £5 coin, will be released later this month ahead of the historic 6 May celebration.

Bronwen Weatherby reports.

Coronation coins with first ever crowned effigy of King Charles III revealed

King Charles ‘reacts’ to news Prince Harry will attend his coronation in May

Thursday 13 April 2023 08:31 , Ellie Muir

King Charles III is reportedly “very disappointed” that his daughter-in-law the Duchess of Sussex nor his grandchildren, Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet, will attend his and Queen Camilla’s coronation next month.

Buckingham Palace announced on Wednesday (12 April) that the Duke of Sussex will attend the coronation, but Meghan Markle will stay at home in California with their two children.

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King Charles ‘disappointed’ that Meghan will be absent from coronation

This is the official Twitter emoji for King Charles’s coronation

Thursday 13 April 2023 08:20 , Peony Hirwani

Buckingham Palace has revealed an official emoji to celebrate the coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla.

The colourful cartoon motif depicts the 17th century jewelled solid gold St Edward’s Crown with purple velvet cap – the regalia which will be used to crown the King on 6 May.

This is the official Twitter emoji for King Charles’s coronation

Ex-diplomat reveals Prince Andrew’s ‘insane’ list of demands while travelling

Thursday 13 April 2023 07:50 , Peony Hirwani

The Duke of York had an “insane” list of demands while travelling abroad, including a 6ft ironing board and room-temperature water only, according to an ex-diplomat.

Kate Ng reports.

Ex-diplomat reveals Prince Andrew’s ‘insane’ list of demands while travelling

Queen Elizabeth ‘wanted William and Harry to go to war’

Thursday 13 April 2023 07:20 , Peony Hirwani

Queen Elizabeth II believed her grandsons Prince Harry and Prince William should both “do their duty” by going to war in Afghanistan, a former head of the British army has said.

It was decided, however, that the risk for the older sibling was “too great” as the heir to the throne, according to General Sir Mike Jackson, who served as chief of the general staff from 2003 until 2006.

But for William’s younger brother Harry, who went on two tours of Afghanistan during the decade he spent in the military, the “risk was acceptable”, he said.

Andy Gregory reports.

‘They must do their duty’: Queen Elizabeth ‘wanted William and Harry to go to war’

Prince Harry to attend coronation without Meghan, Buckingham Palace announces

Thursday 13 April 2023 06:50 , Peony Hirwani

Meghan Markle will stay in California with her children as Prince Harry attends King Charles’s coronation on 6 May, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.

Following the announcement from the Palace, royal expert Omid Scobie tweeted: “I understand that Archie’s fourth birthday (also on 6 May) played a factor in the couple’s decision.”

He added: “Expect it to be a fairly quick trip to the UK for Prince Harry, who will only be attending the coronation ceremony at Westminster Abbey.”

Harry laid bare his grievances with the royal family in his controversial autobiography Spare, released in January, along with his and Meghan’s Netflix documentary series, Harry and Meghan.

Roisin O’Connor reports.

Prince Harry to attend King Charles’s coronation without Meghan Markle

Coronation coins with first ever crowned effigy of King Charles III revealed by Royal Mint

Thursday 13 April 2023 06:20 , Peony Hirwani

A crowned portrait of the King will for the first time feature on a new range of commemorative coins created to celebrate the upcoming coronation.

The collection, which includes a 50p and £5 coin, will be released later this month ahead of the historic 6 May celebration.

Bronwen Weatherby reports.

Coronation coins with first ever crowned effigy of King Charles III revealed

King Charles III coronation: Everything we know about 2023 ceremony

Thursday 13 April 2023 05:50 , Peony Hirwani

King Charles III’s coronation will take place on Saturday 6 May, 2023.

Below is what we know about the ceremony.

When is the coronation of King Charles III?

Thursday 13 April 2023 03:00 , Meredith Clark

Prior to confirming his attendance at King Charles III’s coronation, the Duke of Sussex said he was seeking an “apology” from his father and brother before committing to attending the ceremony in May.

Prince Harry previously refused to commit to attending the King’s coronation on 6 May unless King Charles and Prince William are “willing to sit down and talk about” his allegations against the royal family.

In an ITV interview earlier this year, ahead of the release of his memoir Spare, Harry said that “the ball is in their court”, but “the door is always open” for reconciliation.

According to The Times, a source has claimed that Harry is keen to get an apology from Charles and William. However, another source said the royals do not believe that “an apology is owed” after he accused Buckingham Palace of “leaking” and “planting” negative stories about Meghan Markle to distract the media and public from less favourable coverage about other members of the royal family.

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Prince Harry seeking ‘apology’ before committing to King Charles’ coronation

Thursday 13 April 2023 01:00 , Meredith Clark

King Charles III’s coronation will also be significant for his wife Camilla, who will be crowned “Queen Camilla” alongside him at Westminster Abbey.

The invitation to the coronation invites guests to attend “The Coronation of Their Majesties King Charles III & Queen Camilla – By Command of the King the Earl Marshall is directed to invite…to be present at the Abbey Church of Westminster on 6th day of May 2023.”

Prince Harry, who has confirmed he will be attending the coronation without Meghan Markle, has previously made many comments about his relationship with Camilla following the release of his memoir, Spare.

The Duke of Sussex previously described her as “the villain” and alleged in his book that Camilla had “recently sacrificed me on her personal PR altar”. He also claimed that she had launched a “campaign” to marry his father, King Charles.

In an interview with Good Morning America, Prince Harry said that he and his stepmother haven’t spoken “for a long time,” but that he “loves” every member of his family despite their differences.

Chelsea Ritschel has more:

Prince Harry clarifies relationship with Camilla amid claims she was ‘the villain’

Wednesday 12 April 2023 23:15 , Chelsea Ritschel

Although Prince Harry will attend the coronation, it remains to be seen what role, if any, he will play in the ceremony, as he is no longer a working royal.

According to reports, the duke is not expected to appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace alongside the rest of his family members on the day of the coronation.

The occasion will also mark the first time that Harry has seen his family since the release of his best-selling memoir Spare, which included a number of details about his strained relationship with members of his family.

5 of the most revealing takeaways from Harry’s memoir Spare

Wednesday 12 April 2023 21:15 , Chelsea Ritschel

Following the confirmation that Prince Harry will be attending the coronation without Meghan or their children, many have applauded the Duchess of Sussex’s decision.

“Meghan made the right decision and I respect it,” one person tweeted, while another said: “Good for Meghan, it’s Archie’s birthday afterall.”

Wednesday 12 April 2023 20:18 , Chelsea Ritschel

As of now, it is not clear how the Duchess of Sussex will celebrate the fourth birthday of her and Prince Harry’s son Archie in California. However, the couple typically mark the occasion with a new photo of their firstborn.

For Archie’s second birthday in 2021, the couple shared a photo of their son holding birthday balloons on their Archewell Foundation website, where they also asked fans to donate to Covid vaccine equity. “We cannot think of a more resonant way to honour our son’s birthday,” the duke and duchess wrote at the time.

Wednesday 12 April 2023 18:15 , Chelsea Ritschel

Prince Harry’s decision to attend his father’s coronation comes after he refused to say whether he would make the trip during an interview with ITV’s Tom Bradby in January, at which point the Duke of Sussex said “the ball is in their court”.

“There’s a lot that can happen between now and then. But, you know, the door is always open,” Harry said during the interview about his memoir Spare. “The ball is in their court. There’s a lot to be discussed, and I really hope that they are willing to sit down and talk about it.”

Meghan Markle to stay in California with children as Prince Harry attends Charles’s coronation

Wednesday 12 April 2023 17:12 , Ellie Muir

Meghan Markle will stay in California with her children as Prince Harry attends King Charles’s coronation on 6 May, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.

Following the announcement from the Palace, royal expert Omid Scobie tweeted: “I understand that Archie’s fourth birthday (also on 6 May) played a factor in the couple’s decision.”

He added: “Expect it to be a fairly quick trip to the UK for Prince Harry, who will only be attending the coronation ceremony at Westminster Abbey.”

Harry laid bare his grievances with the royal family in his controversial autobiography Spare, released in January, along with his and Meghan’s Netflix documentary series, Harry and Meghan.

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Prince Harry to attend King Charles’s coronation without Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle snubs King’s coronation as Prince Harry to attend

Wednesday 12 April 2023 15:19 , Ellie Muir

The Duke of Sussex will attend the King’s Coronation but the Duchess of Sussex will remain in California with Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet, Buckingham Palace has announced.

“Buckingham Palace is pleased to confirm that the Duke of Sussex will attend the Coronation Service at Westminster Abbey on 6 May,” the statement said.

“The Duchess of Sussex will remain in California with Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet.”

The news comes after months of speculation as to whether the couple would attend the event, which is taking place on Saturday 6 May.

Following the announcement from the Palace, royal expert Omid Scobie tweeted: “I understand that Archie’s fourth birthday (also on 6 May) played a factor in the couple’s decision.

He added: “Expect it to be a fairly quick trip to the UK for Prince Harry, who will only be attending the coronation ceremony at Westminster Abbey.”

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Prince Harry to attend coronation without Meghan, Buckingham Palace announces

Queen Elizabeth II was ‘surprised’ when Meghan Markle ‘dismissed’ her advice, new book claims

Wednesday 12 April 2023 14:30 , Kate Ng

Queen Elizabeth II was “surprised” when Meghan Markle “dismissed” her advice for adjusting to royal life, according to the author of a new royal book.

Royal commentator Robert Jobson made the claim in his new book titled: Our King Charles III: The Man and the Monarch Revealed, set to be published on 13 April.

Chelsea Ritschel reports:

Queen Elizabeth was ‘surprised’ when Meghan ‘dismissed’ her advice, new book claims