Prince Harry to attend King Charles III's coronation without Duchess Meghan
Prince Harry has seemingly accepted an olive branch from his father King Charles III.
The Duke of Sussex will attend Charles' and Queen Consort Camilla's coronation on May 6, Buckingham Palace and a spokesperson for Harry and his wife Duchess Meghan confirmed to USA TODAY Wednesday.
Meghan will not be attending the official crowning for Britain's new monarch. Instead, the Duchess of Sussex will stay in California with the couple's children, Prince Archie, 3, and Princess Lilibet, 1.
Archie's birthday falls on the same day as the coronation.
Harry's attendance marks the first meeting between Charles and his younger son since Harry deepened the rift within the House of Windsor by revealing family secrets in his bestselling book, "Spare.''
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A spokesperson for Harry and Meghan confirmed last month that Harry had received "email correspondence'' from the king's office about the coronation.
"An immediate decision on whether the Duke and Duchess will attend will not be disclosed by us at this time," the couple's office said in a statement.
Speculation about whether Harry and Meghan would be invited to the coronation has raged since the release of Harry's explosive memoir, which contained damning allegations of intrigue behind the palace walls.
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The disclosures, including details of private conversations with his father and brother, Prince William, fanned tensions between Harry and his family that became public when he and his wife moved to North America in 2020.
Harry called William his "my beloved brother, my arch nemesis" in the memoir and recalled his father saying they "honestly" didn't know why Harry left.
"If they didn't know why I'd left, maybe they just didn't know me. At all. And maybe they never really did. … How can I tell them? I can't. It would take too long. Besides, they're clearly not in the right frame of mind to listen. Not now, anyway. Not today. And so: Pa? Willy? World? Here you go," he explained of why he wrote the memoir.
The book also included allegations that members of the royal family regularly feed the press unflattering information about other members of the House of Windsor in exchange for positive coverage of themselves.
The prince singled out Camilla, accusing her of leaking private conversations to the media as she sought to rehabilitate her image after marrying Charles. Camilla was once reviled for her long-term affair with Charles, which contributed to the breakdown of his marriage to the late Prince Diana, Harry and William's mother.
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The acrimony between Harry and his family once again spilled into public view in early March when the Sussexes acknowledged they were asked to vacate their home in Britain.
Frogmore Cottage, on the grounds of Windsor Castle west of London, was the couple's main residence before they gave up royal duties and moved to Montecito, a wealthy enclave in Southern California.
The Sun newspaper reported that Charles asked them to relinquish the dwelling on Jan. 11, the day after Harry's memoir was published.
But issues other than the book may have sparked the request.
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Contributing: Morgan Hines, USA TODAY; Danica Kirka, The Associated Press