King Charles "has to invite" Harry and Meghan to his coronation, expert says

It would be bad PR otherwise

Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping The Colour 2018 at The Mall on June 9, 2018 in London, England. The annual ceremony involving over 1400 guardsmen and cavalry, is believed to have first been performed during the reign of King Charles II. The parade marks the official birthday of the Sovereign, even though the Queen's actual birthday is on April 21st.
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There has been much speculation as to whether Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would be invited to the King's coronation on 6 May, and as to whether they will choose to attend.

Speaking to ITV's Tom Bradby, the Duke of Sussex answered a question about whether he would go, saying: "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. There's a lot to be discussed and I really hope that they are willing to sit down and talk about it."

For one royal expert, though, there is no doubt that the Sussexes will be invited. Of course, whether they decide to go is another matter.

"I think Charles is absolutely right to invite Harry and Meghan, they are still part of the family and there's obviously the familial relationships," said commentator Emily Andrews on Good Morning Britain (via OK!).

"And we know Charles is a very emotional man. In the book it says that at the end of the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral Charles said 'please don't make my last years a misery.'"

Here, Emily is referring to a passage of the book printed in The Guardian, which has seen a copy of Spare ahead of its official release on 10 January. Charles allegedly said this to both of his sons, who were "warring."

Emily continued: "I think that it's just a very sad situation familially but also there's the court of public opinion, the PR. So for the PR, Charles has to invite Harry and Meghan.

"When Harry and Meghan go low, the Royal Family need to go high, and that involves them being there at the coronation."

Most royal commentators have assumed that the Sussexes would attend the coronation, but as it stands we will have to wait and see.

Iris Goldsztajn
Iris Goldsztajn is a celebrity and royal news writer for Marie Claire. As a London-based freelance journalist, she writes about wellness, relationships, pop culture, beauty and more for the likes of InStyle, Women's Health, Bustle, Stylist and Red. Aside from her quasi-personal investment in celebs' comings and goings, Iris is especially interested in debunking diet culture and destigmatising mental health struggles. Previously, she was the associate editor for Her Campus, where she oversaw the style and beauty news sections, as well as producing gift guides, personal essays and celebrity interviews. There, she worked remotely from Los Angeles, after returning from a three-month stint as an editorial intern for in New York. As an undergraduate at the University of California, Los Angeles, she interned at goop and C California Style and served as Her Campus' national style and LGBTQ+ editor. Iris was born and raised in France by a French father and an English mother. Her Spotify Wrapped is riddled with country music and One Direction, and she can typically be found eating her body weight in cheap chocolate.