Harry clearly enjoyed Coronation but sad Archie and Lilibet missed out

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    Prince Harry was "clearly enjoying the moment" as he watched his dad King Charles III being officially crowned during the Coronation at Westminster Abbey.

    Many eyes were on Harry on Saturday (May 6) as he sat with relatives in public for the first time since he criticised Charles, the late Queen, Prince William and the Princess of Wales, Kate Middleton, in his memoir, Spare.

    The Mirror reported that, on this occasion, his seat was in the third row, two behind his brother the Prince of Wales, as the new King and his wife Camilla were crowned.

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    The Duke of Sussex, wearing medals pinned to his jacket, could be seen chatting to Princess Beatrice, Prince Andrew's daughter, and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi as he entered Westminster Abbey.

    He also nodded and smiled to guests as he walked down the nave of the historic building, although Harry and his uncle, the Duke of York, did not have any formal role.

    Speaking about the historic occasion, historian Tessa Dunlop said Prince Harry looked "entirely at peace" as he watched his dad, telling the the Mirror: "This was a service like no other, one that has taken 1,000 years of time travel to perfect: no wonder the alchemy of ceremony, choreography, choral music, and supersonic capes worked its magic.

    "There he was walking down the aisle, smiling at his cousins, every bit the prince – broad-shouldered, relaxed, even handsome, clearly enjoying the moment.

    "The Duke of Sussex was born knowing one day he'd honour his father, the King, at a show-stopping Coronation, (and against expectations) Harry, smiling, looked entirely at peace with himself and the setting. Hallejulah!"

    She added that although he was sitting three rows back, two behind his brother, he took his seat beside Princess Eugenie's husband Jack Brooksbank: "Warm exchanges followed. How could anyone resist amidst this fairytale spectacle?

    "At the opposite end of the same pew sat the Duke of York, better known as disgraced Andrew, that other 'Spare'. Eagle-eyed viewers might have noticed that unlike nephew Harry, Andrew was wrapped in ceremonial attire – the robes of the Order of Garter."

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    She pointed out that Charles appeared to be childlike and vulnerable as he was anointed and then dressed in his spiritual gown, the supertunica, saying: "Surely his son's heart melted? Mine did. Vivat! Vivat! God save the King."

    Ms Dunlop added that Harry's son Archie, who is celebrating his fourth birthday, and his daughter Lilibet, one, who stayed in California with their mum, Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, had sadly for their dad missed out on the big day.

    She said: "But that is a conversation for the Sussexes further down the line. At least this was one ceremony Harry didn't feel he could miss. Here's hoping he comes back soon with the whole family."


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