A chorus of respected former British politicians, military figures and historians have shared a message for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle: Don’t attend King Charles’ coronation next year.
Several prominent British personalities told the Daily Mail Friday that the couple’s explosive Netflix documentary released on Thursday should be the final straw that signals the end of their relationship with the royal family.
Former Cabinet minister and Tory veteran David Mellor said the Duke and Duchess of Sussex “categorically should not attend” Westminster Abbey when Charles is crowned on May 6.
“They make money selling their families down the river. I think it should be made clear that the British people don’t want them there,” Mellor said.
The former Cabinet minister added that Britons were “fully entitled to boo if the couple turn up. They are a sad and hopeless couple on their present course.”
Fellow former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith asked why the couple would be interested in attending the coronation “if they hate the royal family so much”.
Author and historian Lady Antonia Fraser said she hopes the royals stay away so they don’t draw attention away from King Charles and Camilla the Queen.
“I worry that if they come in, the cameras might waste time on them. They should still be holding hands in Hollywood,” Fraser said.
The barbs come days after the first three episodes of the Harry and Meghan documentary were dropped on Netflix, drawing thousands of viewers.
The couple have made several allegations against the royal family, including that they held an “unintentional prejudice” about Markle’s race and that King Charles did not care enough about Harry after Diana’s death.
Harry also seems to have made a jab that Prince William did not marry Princess Kate out of love, but because she fits the royal image so well.
Dai Davies, the former head of royal protection, said the couple’s allegations could pose a security risk to the royal family, which has historically kept personal matters close to the chest.
“We don’t know what poison will come out next, but considering what was said, whether it was a half-truth, a lie or a mockery of the royal family, how could anyone wish to invite them to the coronation?” Davies said.
“To present the monarchy and the Commonwealth as racist is an insult to Britain and the British,” he said. “The false narrative presented in this series could provoke people who focus on the royal family to enact their fantasies.”
According to prominent historian Lord Andrew Roberts, members of the royal family have not been invited to coronations in the past, making it easier for the royal family to exclude Harry and Meghan, who left the family of their own free will in 2020.
“Queen Caroline wasn’t invited to George IV’s coronation, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor wasn’t to visit George VI in 1937, and Elizabeth II’s German relations weren’t invited in 1953, so there is plenty of precedent for not inviting people who want to distract you and you. About the epicenter of the great day.
It’s not clear if Harry and Meghan will be welcome at the coronation, or at any future royal event, Tom Power told Page Six. The couple may not be welcome in the UK after the Netflix series.
Chris Barry, a retired Navy admiral, believes the couple have “lost their rights to be part of the royal family any longer.”
He added, “Frankly, they have shown themselves to be unreliable in terms of recording and reporting things.” “A coronation is another red-carpet event for them — and they’re more likely to step in and tell. It just doesn’t agree with the dignity and significance of the occasion.”
Tory MP Bob Seely said, “If I were them, I’d stay away – but it’s clear they want to come in and monetize then.”
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