Sun. Jun 4th, 2023

The Duke of Sussex takes his seat within the third row on the Coronation service

The Duke of Sussex has taken his place amongst minor, non-working members of the Royal household on the Coronation service, the place he was relegated to the third row.

The Duke was seated at Westminster Abbey alongside his cousins, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.

He was positioned between Eugenie’s husband Jack Brooksbank and Princess Alexandra, Queen Elizabeth II’s 86-year-old cousin.

He appeared relaxed as he arrived on the Abbey flanked by his cousins.

He walked down the nave alone, nodding and smiling to a number of members of the congregation, mouthing “hi there” to somebody he recognised.

The Duke’s view seemed to be considerably blocked by the massive crimson feather worn by his aunt, the Princess Royal, seated instantly in entrance of him.

Onlookers joked on social media that she had worn the “view obscuring” feather on objective.

In actuality, it’s the plume of the Blues and Royals, whose uniform she is sporting.

Prince Harry's view obscured by Princess Anne's headpiece

Prince Harry’s view obscured by Princess Anne’s headpiece

Princess Anne was quick to speak to her nephew - RICHARD POHLE

Princess Anne was fast to talk to her nephew – RICHARD POHLE

The Duke arrived within the UK on Friday, simply hours forward of the ceremony.

Nonetheless, it will likely be a fleeting 24-hour go to as he dashes again in a bid to see his son, Prince Archie, on his fourth birthday, which is at this time.

As a non-working royal, he won’t participate within the procession again to Buckingham Palace nor seem on the balcony.

It’s thought unlikely that he’ll return to the palace for a non-public household lunch and even seem within the official portraits, to be taken afterwards.

Prince Harry sits in the third row

Prince Harry sits within the third row

 Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex arrives at Westminster Abbey

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex arrives at Westminster Abbey

A supply near the Duke stated he would “do his greatest” to attend as many occasions on the day as potential.

However he has not made any agency commitments as it would rely upon how the timings fall in a while.

As The Telegraph first revealed, the Duke – who served for 10 years within the Military and did two excursions in Afghanistan – has not been permitted to put on navy uniform as a result of he isn’t a working member of the Royal household.

As a substitute, he’s in a morning swimsuit.

The choice follows royal protocol set at earlier state events, together with the late Queen’s funeral final September.

Prince Harry is not wearing military dress or robes for the occasion - Reuters/Toby Melville

Prince Harry shouldn’t be sporting navy costume or robes for the event – Reuters/Toby Melville

Buckingham Palace stated all members of the Royal household had been sporting morning costume with mantles applicable to essentially the most senior order of which they’re members – Garter, Thistle or Royal Victorian Order (RVO).

The Duke is a Knight Commander of the RVO, a rank that doesn’t have a gown.

Prince Harry made no particular requests regarding his outfit for the Coronation however was prepared to put on no matter was requested of him, sources confirmed.

The Duke’s brother, the Prince of Wales, is sporting the Ceremonial costume uniform of the Welsh Guards.

On the late Queen’s coronation in 1953, friends had been required to put on lavish, floor-length coronation robes.

For the King’s service, hereditary friends had been initially advised to decorate down consistent with the pared again tone of the ceremony earlier than a last-minute U-turn indicated that they may put on the robes ought to they want.

Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Prince Harry ahead of the service - TOBY MELVILLE

Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Prince Harry forward of the service – TOBY MELVILLE

So as to participate within the portrait session, which is able to happen after the flypast, the Duke can be required to attend within the background for a while.

It’s debatable whether or not he would wish to be a part of the household for an off-the-cuff lunch, more likely to happen earlier than the portrait session begins.

Hugo Burnand, the official Coronation photographer, won’t know till the second whether or not he could have the unenviable job of neutralising household tensions and guaranteeing everybody poses with a suitably huge smile.

Lord Soames, a detailed pal of the King, this week disclosed that the Duke’s behaviour in the direction of his household had come as a “horrible blow” to the monarch and a “most tragic” flip of occasions.

The Duke confirmed in mid April that he would attend the Coronation amid rising hopes of a reconciliation together with his father.

The Duchess of Sussex opted as an alternative to stay in California with their youngsters Prince Archie and one-year-old Princess Lilibet, in an effort to host the younger Prince’s party.

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