King Charles ‘scraps’ Archie birthday honour after ‘tug of war’ with Harry

King Charles has reportedly scrapped plans to honour Prince Archie at his Coronation after a "tug of war" with Prince Harry.

Charles was said to be open to the suggestion that he should make a gracious nod to his grandson by raising a glass at a post-procession Coronation lunch on May 6, which is also the child's fourth birthday.

However, it's been claimed this is no longer being considered as neither of the Sussexes will be attending.

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It was previously revealed that Meghan Markle would stay in the US as Prince Harry flew back to the UK for his father's Coronation as king.

The Mirror reports that Harry is set to rush straight off after the ceremony to get back to celebrate with his son.

A source told the Mail on Sunday: "The King considered a toast to Archie. But with no member of the Sussex family now due at the lunch, it is highly unlikely he would do in their absence."

Royal commentator Kristen Meinzer believes Meghan's decision to stay away with the children is a good way for the couple to divide responsibilities on the big day.

She told Insider: "I think the decision for Harry to go, and for Meghan to stay home with the children on Archie's birthday is a brilliant way to split the difference.

"As I've said in the past, the primary benefit of attending is the optics; of looking as though they're continuing to do their best on their end — even if the Royal Family isn't always doing their best on their end.

"But I've always maintained that the Sussexes must also do what's best for their own little family and their own mental health. It sounds like that's what they'll be doing."

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Despite being the grandchildren of the new King, it is believed that Archie and Lilibet were not invited, with sources citing that the children are "very young".

An insider told OK! that a major sticking point was how the Sussex children were to be included on the day.

But the source explained that their inclusion in the ceremony has "never been a bone of contention" because small children don’t attend royal events of this scale "due to restlessness and tantrums".


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