If King wants Harry and Meghan at Coronation then invite Archie, says expert

If Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to be at King Charles’s coronation on May 6, then their son Prince Archie should be there as well, according to royal historian and author Dr Tessa Dunlop.

Dr Dunlop said that it would be "odd" if Archie has not been invited to the event.

It’s been reported that Archie and his younger sister Lilibet – aged three and two respectively – had not been factored into their grandfather’s coronation ceremony, because they were considered “too young”.

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However, it’s thought that their cousins Prince George, nine, Princess Charlotte, seven, and five-year-old Prince Louis will all be there on the big day.

On True Royalty TV's The Royal Beat, Dr Dunlop pointed out: "It’s [Archie’s] fourth birthday on the day of the Coronation…

"If you look at the footage of the 1953 Coronation, who was very prominent, albeit briefly? Prince Charles. He was four.

It’s not entirely clear what kind of role Harry and Meghan would play at the once-in-a-lifetime event. Royal historian Dr Ed Owens predicts that they will be at best “minor figures” with little say over where they’re put or what they do.

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He says Palace staff will organise the Coronation in an "extraordinarily careful" manner to avoid any awkward moments.

"Harry and Meghan will have no control over how this event plays out,” he said. “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."

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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”.

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.

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