Harry and Meghan's major condition for Charles' coronation: 'Toxic'
The pair has yet to decide whether or not they will attend, but have a major condition if they do.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have yet to decide whether or not they will attend King Charles' coronation in May, but have one major condition if they do. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are believed to fear the atmosphere will be "toxic", just as it was at the Queen's Platinum Jubilee and funeral.
According to The Mirror, before Harry considers flying to the UK for the major occasion, he wants to speak with his father and his brother Prince William to clear the air. It's believed the Duke has not had any contact with Charles or William since the release of his record-breaking memoir Spare.
"Harry has been very clear and his position hasn't wavered," a source told the publication. "He isn't going to come if he feels the atmosphere will be as toxic as it was during the Queen's Platinum Jubilee and funeral. He's said he wants to reconcile with his family and it's their call, but so far nothing has changed."
If Harry and Meghan do attend the coronation, they will do so as 'normal' members of the family and will not have a special role. They will also likely not be allowed to appear on the balcony at Buckingham Palace.
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Insiders also suggest the pair may be kept away from William and Kate following the fallout from the bombshell memoir.
Harry and Meghan's visit may last just 24 or 48 hours to show their faces at the coronation's main event at Westminster Abbey.
It's also possible that Harry will attend solo, with Meghan staying in the US to be with their young children Archie, three, and Lilibet, one. Archie will turn four on the same day as the coronation.
Officials who are involved in the planning process say the "working assumption" is that the Sussexes will be in attendance, even if it makes for an awkward reunion.
Harry gave an interview with ITV's Tom Bradby following the release of his book last month, telling the journalist he does want to attend the coronation but added "the ball is in their court".
"There’s a lot that can happen between now and then," he said. "But, the door is always open. The ball is in their court. There’s a lot to be discussed and I really hope that they’re willing to sit down and talk about it."
Harry also shared, "I would like to get my father back, I would like to have my brother back."
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