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Archie and Lilibet at the coronation of Charles III ? Not impossible, but…


While the coronation of Charles III is approaching fast, the veil has still not been lifted on the arrival of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. Another unknown remains: the invitation of their children, Archie and Lilibet.

This is the big question mark of this coronation. On May 6, in Westminster Abbey, London, Charles III will be officially proclaimed king. The countdown has been launched and the first invitations have been sent, one of them to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. And if the Sussexes have still not made their arrival official, another topic has sparked a debate in the media: since the invitation does not mention the couple’s children, could Archie and Lilibet be denied a place at the historic ceremony? The question needs to be analyzed from different perspectives, as Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, author of This is Why I Resist, told Newsweek on Tuesday, March 28.

At first, the expert was skeptical about a potential refusal: “I can’t imagine my father throwing a party and I need specific instructions on whether I can come with my wife and kids.” And he qualifies his words, “Unless the invitation specifically excludes, by name or condition, who can come with them to the coronation.” Nevertheless, Shola Mos-Shogbamimu was confident: “I think it’s safe to assume that the king won’t exclude his grandchildren, that would be incredibly stupid, just plain mean.”

Archie and Lilibet at the coronation of Charles III: a question of age?

The age of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s children could also enter the equation. Indeed, Charles III, when he was 4 years old, had attended the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 after receiving a personal invitation, which has been preserved and exhibited by The Royal Collection Trust. For her part, Princess Anne, then 2 years old, was not present at the event. “I think we should not forget that Archie is almost 4 years old and will be 4 years old on the day of the coronation, and that Lilibet is 2 years old,” said Emily Andrew, former royal correspondent for the Sun and the Mail on Sunday, to our colleagues.

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