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Prince Harry attended the coronation of his father, King Charles III, on Saturday, Might 6. He was there with out his spouse, Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, or their two younger kids, Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet.

The Duke of Sussex, who resigned from his royal duties in 2020 and has continued to name out his household amid an ongoing public rift, lives within the U.S. now. He arrived at Westminster Abbey alone, with footage exhibiting him submitting in and chatting along with his cousins, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice, together with their husbands, Jack Brooksbank and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.

Buckingham Palace confirmed Prince Harry’s attendance in April, however famous that he and Prince Andrew would don’t have any formal roles within the coronation as a result of they’re not working royals, in line with the BBC. (Prince Andrew was faraway from his royal duties in 2019 over his years-long friendship with Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted intercourse offender.)

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The Prince was seated alongside different non-working royals within the third row, two rows behind his brother, Prince William, Prince William’s spouse Kate Middleton, and two of their kids. Opting to put on a morning swimsuit with medals, fairly than robes or a army uniform like some royals did, Prince Harry sat beside Brooksbank, and never removed from his uncle, Prince Andrew. Harry served within the British Military for 10 years, however in line with Folks, requested to put on a easy swimsuit to the ceremony. “I feel as a result of he served within the military, he ought to’ve been in full military gear,” Nicky Douville, a 37-year-old Essex resident visiting London in hopes of seeing the royal household, tells TIME.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attends the Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla.

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The King’s coronation fell on Prince Harry’s son’s birthday, which some have stated explains why Meghan, their four-year-old son—Archie, and their one-year-old daughter—Lilibet, might have stayed dwelling in California. Statements launched earlier this yr by Buckingham Palace and Archewell—Harry and Meghan’s charitable basis—confirmed that Harry would attend, and that the remainder of the Sussex household would stay within the U.S.

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Prince Harry later left the coronation in a automobile by himself, versus the carriages sure for Buckingham Palace that the majority different senior royals took. He reportedly had plans to fly dwelling for his son’s birthday, in line with the BBC. He didn’t seem on the balcony at Buckingham Palace alongside the opposite royals who had gathered to wave to admiring crowds after the coronation. In accordance with The Telegraph, this implies he additionally received’t seem in any of the formal pictures. “That’s actually gutting as a result of he’s a part of their household,” Douville says.

Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, leaves Westminster Abbey following the coronation of King Charles III in London, Might 6, 2023.

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The Prince hasn’t been seen in public with members of the royal household since his bombshell memoir, Spare, was launched earlier this yr. The guide depicted many members of the royal household, together with his brother, father, and stepmother, Queen Camilla, critically. Many speculate that relations between the Sussexes and senior members of the royal household stay tense, following years of battle that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have alluded to in a March 2021 interview Oprah Winfrey and a 2022 Netflix docuseries, Harry & Meghan.

— YASMEEN SERHAN CONTRIBUTED REPORTING FROM LONDON

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