Will Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Attend King Charles' Coronation? What We Know

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were both invited to the May 6 crowning ceremony, which falls on their son Prince Archie's birthday

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. Photo: Karwai Tang/WireImage

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have shared their plans for King Charles' May 6 coronation.

While Prince Harry will travel to the U.K. for his father's crowning ceremony, Meghan will stay in California with their two children. May 6 is also Prince Archie's fourth birthday, and she will spend the weekend celebrating with him and his sister, 22-month-old Princess Lilibet, PEOPLE understands.

Prince Harry wanted to be at the service to support his father at this important moment in his life, a friend tells PEOPLE.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who have resided in Meghan's home state of California since 2020 after stepping back as senior members of the royal family, were both invited to the event at Westminster Abbey, where King Charles and Queen Camilla will be officially crowned in a historic ceremony. A spokesperson for the couple told The Sunday Times in a statement in March, "I can confirm The Duke has recently received email correspondence from His Majesty's office regarding the coronation."

However, Harry and Meghan's spokesperson added that their attendance wasn't confirmed at the time. "An immediate decision on whether The Duke and Duchess will attend will not be disclosed by us at this time," the statement continued.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex,
King Charles; Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. Chris Jackson/Getty; Taylor Hill/WireImage

A source close to Prince Harry, 38, and Meghan, 41, told PEOPLE in February that an invitation to the historic event had yet to be extended. However, a palace insider said at the time that the couple would be invited to his father's coronation.

Relations between the Sussexes and the royal family have remained strained in the wake of Prince Harry's memoir release in January. In an interview with ITV's Tom Bradby surrounding the book, Harry said of the coronation, "There's a lot that can happen between now and then. But, you know, the door is always open. The ball is in their court. There's a lot to be discussed, and I really hope that they are willing to sit down and talk about it."

King Charles, 74, was said to be eager for the situation "calm down" in time for his coronation.

A source close to the royal household told PEOPLE: "It is such a momentous occasion for Charles, and he would want his son to be at the coronation to witness it. He would like to have Harry back in the family. If they don't sort it out, it will always be part of the King's reign and how he has left his family disjointed. He has had a reputation as a distant parent, and it would be awful for him for that to continue."

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex
Meghan Markle, King Charles and Prince Harry. Samir Hussein/WireImage

Last year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex spent Lilibet's first birthday in the U.K. as they were in the country for Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee weekend in June. They had people over for a "casual, intimate backyard picnic" at their Frogmore Cottage home and shared a new photo of their daughter (showing off her red hair!) to celebrate the occasion.

The trip to the U.K. last summer marked the first time Lili, who was born in California in 2021, visited her father's home country and met many of her relatives, including great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth and grandfather Charles.

However, the news of Meghan and Harry receiving an invitation to the coronation came just days after a spokesperson for the couple's Archewell Foundation confirmed to PEOPLE that they have been asked to leave their U.K. home.

"We can confirm The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been requested to vacate their residence at Frogmore Cottage," the spokesperson said.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 18: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive at the United Nations Headquarters on July 18, 2022 in New York City. Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex is the keynote speaker during the United Nations General assembly to mark the observance of Nelson Mandela International Day where the 2020 U.N. Nelson Mandela Prize will be awarded to Mrs. Marianna Vardinogiannis of Greece and Dr. Morissanda Kouyaté of Guinea. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Michael M. Santiago/Getty

Prince Harry may have another reason to be in the U.K. this May: the Duke of Sussex is one of several high-profile figures bringing damages claims against Mirror Group Newspapers over alleged unlawful information gathering, and the trial is set to begin on May 9 — just three days after the coronation.

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex pose at the IGF Reception during day two of the Invictus Games The Hague 2020 at Zuiderpark on April 17, 2022 in The Hague, Netherlands.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Chris Jackson/Getty

With just weeks to go until the coronation, even Oprah Winfrey shared her advice for Meghan and Harry regarding the event.

The talk show legend recently appeared on CBS Mornings with longtime friend Gayle King, who asked, "It's been reported that Harry and Meghan have received an invitation to the coronation. Do you think they should go? Do you think they should not go? Is it something you'd like to comment on?"

Oprah said, "I think they should do what they feel is best for them and for their family. That's what I think. That's what the bottom line — it comes down to: What do you feel like is the best thing for you?"

"They haven't asked me my opinion," Oprah, who was a guest at the couple's May 2018 wedding, added with a smile.

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