Most Brits want Prince Harry to attend King Charles’ coronation: poll
More than half of Brits say Prince Harry should be invited to King Charles’ coronation, a new poll has found.
Set for May 6, King Charles III will officially be crowned in a historic ceremony at Westminster Abbey.
An Ipsos survey for The Standard published Friday found a surprising 60 percent of adults believe the Duke of Sussex should attend the event.
The numbers may come as a shock to some — especially after Prince Harry’s repeated attacks on the royals through various TV interviews, a Netflix docuseries, and his bombshell tell-all memoir, “Spare.”
Despite the myriad of revelations in his latest book release, just 30 percent of the British public believe the father of two should not be invited to the coronation.
The monarch will be formally crowned following his ascension to the throne in September after the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II — Britain’s longest-reigning sovereign.
The survey found that 75 percent of younger Brits, aged 18 to 34, are in favor of Harry attending May’s festivities, while just 15 percent think the opposite.
In the next age range, from 35 to 54, over half of Brits think Harry should be invited to the event, with just 26 percent thinking he shouldn’t.
Older Brits have a more even outlook on the matter, with 47 percent of Brits over the age of 55 insisting Harry should be invited. On the flip side, 42 percent believe he should not.
The survey, which asked 1,001 people to participate, showed that Prince William — the next in line to the throne — is by far the most popular member of the royal family as he’s mentioned by 50%.
King Charles II takes the second spot with 32%, with Princess Kate grabbing bronze with 29%. Harry is the fourth on the list with 17%.
“Despite not being as popular as he once was, most Britons still think Harry should be invited to the coronation in May, which suggests some hope for reconciliation,” said Gideon Skinner, head of political research at Ipsos UK.
While Buckingham Palace has remained somewhat tight-lipped about the upcoming extravaganza, it did tease that the crowning will be a scaled-back affair.
Taking place at Westminster Abbey, the 74-year-old’s coronation will “reflect the monarch’s role today and look towards the future, while being rooted in long-standing traditions and pageantry,” the palace has previously said.
While it’s still unclear if the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will attend the ceremony, an insider recently said that a royal reunion is not in the cards “at this moment in time.”
“He has never been one to make quick judgments,” a source told the Evening Standard. “There is no appetite at this moment in time to engage.”
Earlier this month, Harry refused to commit to attending the event, saying “there’s a lot to be discussed” before he can make that decision.
“There’s a lot that can happen between now and then,” Harry said. “But, the door is always open. The ball is in their court.”
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