Harry: Princes Harry, Andrew out in the cold at coronation

LONDON: Prince Harry And Andrew will both attend the coronation of King Charles III on Saturday but will have no official role in the proceedings – confirming they remain in the cold.
Charles’s youngest son, Harry, and his American wife, Meghan, left their royal duties in 2020 and have since unleashed a series of barbed wire attacks on the monarchy.
Andrew, the King’s older brother, has been frozen for his past association with the late disgraced US financier Jeffrey Epstein and a related sex abuse allegation that was settled out of court.
Harry, 38, Duke of Sussex, and Andrew, 63, Duke of York, will attend the coronation service at Westminster Abbey in London, but will not hold office.
The couple will also be absent from the public procession behind the Gold State Coach carrying the newly crowned King from the Abbey to Buckingham Palace after the ceremony.
But they can still appear on the balcony of the palace.
Harry is fifth in line to the throne, after his brother Prince William and William’s three children – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis of Wales.
Andrew is eighth in line, after Harry and his children – Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet of Sussex.
After finally deciding to attend, Harry’s every move will be scrutinized. He joins her family for the first time since she subjected them to a torrent of scathing criticism in her memoir “Spare” and in a series of TV interviews.
Meghan stayed in California with the children, avoiding potentially awkward interactions with her in-laws.
At Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953, the Royal Dukes each paid personal tribute and allegiance to the monarch, in a public vow of loyalty.
They pledged to “become your man of life and membership, and earthly worship; and I will bring you faith and truth, to live and die, against all manner of people. So help me God.”
But this time only William, the heir to the throne, will speak ‘words of fidelity’ and pay ‘homage of royal blood’, as the coronation liturgy calls it – saving Harry from kneeling before his father .
Buckingham Palace has not said whether or not Harry and Andrew will appear on the palace balcony after the ceremony.
During Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations last June for her 70 years on the throne, the balcony appearance was restricted to members of the Royal Family.
But his coronation in 1953 featured several balcony appearances, so Harry and Andrew could potentially appear among a wider gathering of royals.
Saturday marks Archie’s fourth birthday, so Harry could return home to California soon.
Andrew’s links to Epstein – boyfriend of Prince’s friend Ghislaine Maxwell – have come back to haunt him.
An American, Virginia Giuffre, has said she was pressured into having sex with Andrew when she was 17 after she was given birth by Epstein, who was convicted in 2008 of providing a child for the purpose of prostitution.
Andrew denied the allegations in a BBC interview in November 2019 which nonetheless turned sour.
Within days he withdrew from his sponsorships and in May 2020 he permanently resigned from all public roles.
The case was settled out of court in February 2022, with Giuffre accepting a donation to his charity and no admission of liability from Andrew.
Andrew took part in the events surrounding Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral but, beyond mourning his mother, Charles showed no sign of allowing her a return to public life.


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