The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will have a place at the king’s coronation should they wish to attend, despite the continued fallout from their Netflix documentary, it has been reported.
Harry and Meghan will be invited to Charles’s ceremony on 6 May, with all family members expected to feature on a guest list still to be drawn up, according to a report.
A source told The Daily Telegraph: “All members of the family will be welcome.” The Sussexes are understood to have not yet received an invitation.
Buckingham Palace declined to comment, but a source said of the king: “He loves both his sons.”
Both Buckingham and Kensington Palace have remained silent over a number of allegations made in the six-part docuseries, including Harry’s claim that he was left terrified after the Prince of Wales screamed and shouted at him during the Sandringham summit in January 2020.
Harry also alleged that Kensington Palace “lied to protect my brother” when it issued a statement denying a story William had bullied him out of the royal family.
The king is said to be hurt by Harry and Meghan’s criticism of the family, but has not given up hope of reconciliation and does not want to strip the pair of their titles, the Daily Express has reported.
Charles and Camilla will be crowned at a ceremony in Westminster Abbey that the palace promises will be “rooted in longstanding traditions and pageantry”, but also “reflect the monarch’s role today and look towards the future”.
The day of the coronation is also the fourth birthday of Harry and Meghan’s son, Archie, posing questions over whether they would be able to attend.
The public relations and crisis consultant Mark Borkowski said the Sussexes were fighting a “visceral emotional war” with the royal family, but that the only winners would be Netflix.
He said the content of the documentary was aimed at a US rather than a UK audience.
“This is not messaging for the UK, they’ve clearly given that up, this is purely messaging for America who do understand that lifestyle,” he said.
In the lead-up to the second batch of episodes, it was revealed that the first instalment of Harry & Meghan recorded 81.55m viewing hours around the world after its debut – a Netflix record.