Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, will stay in California with her son and daughter while Prince Harry attends his father’s crowning ceremony on May 6.
Buckingham Palace confirmed on Wednesday that Prince Harry, 38, will attend the coronation of King Charles and Queen Camilla in London, which coincides with their son Prince Archie’s fourth birthday. Meanwhile, Meghan, 41, will spend the weekend celebrating with Archie and his sister, 22-month-old Princess Lilibet.
Prince Harry’s Support for His Father
The attendance of Prince Harry at the coronation is important to him and a way to support his father at this significant moment in his life, according to a friend.
Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet will not be in the U.K. for the event, but they were in the country during Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June 2022.
It was Princess Lili’s first visit to the U.K. as she was born in California on June 4, 2021, while Archie was born in the U.K. on May 6, 2019.
During their visit in June 2022, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex held a small birthday party for Princess Lili, who turned one during the trip.
The couple invited close friends and family to gather for a “casual, intimate backyard picnic” at their Frogmore Cottage home.
They also released a new photo of their daughter in honor of her milestone birthday, revealing her red hair, which she inherited from dad Harry.
Christening of Princess Lilibet
The coronation update follows the news that Princess Lilibet was recently christened in California, marking the first time that Prince Harry and Meghan referred to their children’s royal titles.
Upon the death of Queen Elizabeth in September 2022, Harry’s father became King Charles, and as grandchildren of the monarch, Archie and Lili were afforded the titles of prince and princess.
The titles will be used in formal settings and not in everyday use.
“The children’s titles have been a birthright since their grandfather became monarch,” a spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex told PEOPLE.
“This matter has been settled for some time in alignment with Buckingham Palace.”
Eviction from Frogmore Cottage
In March, King Charles decided to evict Harry and Meghan from Frogmore Cottage, their home base in the U.K.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were requested to vacate their residence at Frogmore Cottage, which had been a haven for the pair and their children when they visited the U.K.
King Charles plans to move his brother Prince Andrew to the Windsor residence, who currently resides at the much larger Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park.
A source reveals that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are “matter-of-fact” about being requested to leave Frogmore Cottage and aren’t trying to overturn the decision.
However, the eviction decision was “unfortunate,” especially in terms of security. The couple is happy to raise their two children in California.