Queen Consort Camilla’s Decision to Include Her Grandchildren in Her Coronation Could Reportedly Force Palace to Explain Sussex Snub

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Queen Consort Camilla is already gearing for her coronation on May 6 alongside her husband, King Charles. The royal couple is expected to make major changes to the usual coronation ceremonies from years past.

According to reports, Queen Consort Camilla wants her four grandchildren to play a key role during her coronation ceremony. In the past, four duchesses were tasked to carry the canopy over the king and queen during the consecration.

But this year, Queen Consort Camilla wants the four duchesses to be replaced by her grandchildren, who she is especially close to.

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While speaking with Royally Us, royal author Gareth Russell said that Queen Consort Camilla’s decision to make this key change will force the palace to explain while Prince Harry and Meghan Markle weren’t given key roles in the ceremony.

Since Queen Consort Camilla’s four grandchildren are non-working royals, giving them a key role means that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex could also be given a similar task as non-working members of the royal family.

“I can tell you a spanner has definitely been thrown in the works by a quite touching and popular decision that Queen Camilla has made. Unlike previous Queen Consorts who were crowned, the canopy over them at the moment of consecration was held by four duchesses. She has said she doesn't want four duchesses, she wants her four grandchildren to carry the canopy over her, which is a lovely gesture. She's very close to her grandchildren but what that does is it upsets the argument that, since Harry is not a working royal, there's no place for him in the ceremony,” Russell said (via Express).

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“Obviously, Queen Camilla's grandchildren are not only not working royals, but they’ve also never been working royals. So, if a space can be found for them the Palace is going to be very hard-pressed to explain why no role could be found for Prince Harry,” he added.

Weeks ago, reports swirled that Prince Harry and Markle already received an invitation to attend King Charles’ coronation. However, the couple’s attendance has not yet been confirmed.

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But Eric Schiffer, the chairman of Reputation Management Consultants, and Kristen Meinzer, a royal watcher said that it would be beneficial for the Sussexes if they attend the coronation.

“I think that if they attended the coronation, it would be a way for them to maybe continue any healing that they're hoping to have. If they choose not to go, I think they know the world will be watching and there'll be a lot of questions about why they're not there. The main benefit for them is just the optics of looking like they will be continuing to do their best on their end, even if the royal family is not always doing the best on their end for them,” Meinzer told Business Insider.

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