Prince Harry goes solo after attending the coronation

  • By Matt Murphy & Andre Roden-Paul
  • BBC News

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WATCH: Prince Harry arrives at Westminster Abbey

Sitting alongside non-working members of the royal family at Westminster Abbey, the Duke of Sussex attended his father’s coronation.

The prince arrived alone without his wife Meghan and left immediately.

He sat two rows behind the Prince of Wales for the service.

The BBC understands he was not invited to appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony and is thought to have flown to Heathrow Airport.

This is the first time he has been seen at an event with his family since the release of his controversial memoir, Spare.

Shortly after the service, Prince Harry was getting into the car alone.

The King and Queen were joined by other members of the Royal Family, including the Prince and Princess of Wales, hours later on the Buckingham Palace balcony.

Prince Andrew left Westminster Abbey in a car with Princess Eugenie and her husband.

Earlier, Prince Harry appeared relaxed as he entered the Abbey, dressed in morning robes and wearing medals, smiling at guests as he made his way through the Abbey’s nave before chatting with several family members.

He patted Princess Beatrice’s husband Edoardo Mabelli Mozzi on the back with a smile on his face before taking his place next to Jack Brooksbank, Princess Eugenie’s husband, in the third row. In the third row was Prince Andrew, Duke of York.

She was second in line for the ceremony behind the King’s sister, Princess Anne, and Queen Elizabeth II’s first cousin, the Duke of Kent.

They were preceded by the Prince and Princess of Wales and their children Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, as well as the King’s brother, the new Duke of Edinburgh – Prince Edward – and his wife Sophie.

Previously, Prince Harry sat in the second row – directly behind the monarch – at Westminster Abbey for the funeral of the late Queen Elizabeth last year.

The prince watches on television as St. Edward’s crown is raised above his father’s head during the christening.

Later, as the House paid their respects to the new monarch, Prince Harry was seen joining the rest of the royal family in chanting “Save King Charles. Long live King Charles. Long live the King.”

After landing at London’s Heathrow Airport on Friday morning, the prince reportedly stayed at Frogmore Cottage in the grounds of Windsor Castle – a residence he and Meghan have been asked to vacate by the king.

His wife, the Duchess of Sussex, is staying with their children in Los Angeles, where their son Prince Archie will celebrate his fourth birthday.

“Prince Harry wants to make every effort to make it back for Archie’s birthday,” a source told US outlet Page Six.

Buckingham Palace confirmed last month that only Prince Harry would attend the ceremony.

Unlike the rest of the family, Prince Harry doesn’t wear suits or military uniforms — he served in the military for a decade, including two tours of duty in Afghanistan.

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Prince Harry arrived at Westminster Abbey in a morning suit with medals

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He walked with Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi

Meghan is staying in America

Relations between Prince Harry and other members of the family have been strained since the publication of his memoir.

The book clearly revealed the fallout and disagreements with relatives, and that he feels “different” from the rest of his family.

Meghan’s decision to decline the invitation was widely seen as part of these ongoing, unresolved family tensions.

Last month, it was revealed the monarch was trying to block legal action against newspapers for hacking Prince Harry’s phone.

In a witness statement revealed by court documents, Prince Harry was “summoned to Buckingham Palace” and told to drop the cases because of the impact on the family.

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