The Duke of Sussex arrived solo at Westminster Abbey in London, looking sombre as he took his seat among the 2300 guests invited to the historic occasion.
Harry’s arrival was highly anticipated by royal onlookers, given just one day before the coronation it was revealed he would not be seated next to his father and brother, Prince William, during the ceremony.
Instead, in a humiliating move, Harry was relegated to the third row, where he was seated between his cousin Princess Eugenie’s husband, Jack Brooksbank, and Princess Alexandra – the cousin of the late Queen Elizabeth whose last royal working engagement was 10 years ago.
The front row was reserved for senior working royals such as: the Prince and Princess of Wales, William and Kate; the Duke of Edinburgh, Edward and Sophie; their children Lady Louise and James the Earl of Wessex; plus Princess Anne and her husband, Tim Laurence.
Harry is no longer a working royal after he and Meghan moved to the US after stepping away from their roles within the family.
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“There were discussions that the seating could be arranged on line of succession,” a source toldThe Sunbefore the coronation. “But that would have put fifth-in-line Harry front and centre – and with William and Kate.”
“Instead the decision was working royals only at the front and work back from there. Harry will be a long way from his father.”
Wearing a dapper suit, Harry appeared without his wife, Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, who declined an invitation to attend the coronation, opting instead to stay at their home in California with their children: Princess Lilibet, one, and Prince Archie, who coincidentally is celebrating his fourth birthday today.
Shortly before Harry’s arrival, Hollywood stars Katy Perry and Lionel Richie took their place inside the abbey.
Perry arrived wearing an eye-catching blush pink hat, while the All Night Long singer looked dapper in his suit and satin tie.
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