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Magdalene Dalziel & Kyle O'Sullivan & Jennifer Newton

Harry and Meghan won't be able to dress like other royals at Coronation as they're not 'allowed to stand out'

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will not be dressed the same as the rest of the Royal Family if they attend the King’s Coronation, it’s being reported.

A royal expert claims the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would be required to provide their own finery for the event and will not be given special robes to stand out, like the rest of their relatives, as writes the Mirror.

Dr Tessa Dunlop reckons Harry and Meghan won't wear robes or a coronet, which is a small crown consisting of ornaments fixed on a metal ring.

She told the Mirror: "Causing maximum angst is the vexed question of the Sussexes; will they attend the big day and if so in what capacity? Historical precedent doesn't bode well.

"After his own abdication and fall from grace Edward VIII attended neither the 1937 coronation of his brother George VI nor his niece Elizabeth's in 1953.

"However in our changed times with a father-King who wants both his sons by his side, expect to see Harry there but minus a coronet and robe.

"With the exception of Prince William, at this Coronation peers of the realm will not be paying homage to the new King so it is unlikely that Harry will have to go down on bended knee.

"Likewise if Meghan attends, any Coronation finery will be entirely her own. Expect very few to stand on ceremony for the Duchess of Sussex."

Tessa added: "In contrast history suggests working royals will stand out.

"In 1953 the Queen's sister Princess Margaret had her own coronation gown designed by Norman Hartnell, embroidered with roses and daisies and offset with a stunning Cartier tiara.

"She travelled to the Abbey with the Queen Mother and they sat in a box overlooking proceedings with a four-year-old Prince Charles squashed between them.

"A similar scenario for the Princess of Wales and her three children is likely – William and his offspring are next in line to the throne and coronations deliberately emphasise the order of precedence and succession.

"Like it or not this state occasion is all about royal hierarchy. Visual messaging through both costume and carriage will remind us who the future King and Queen are (whether the Sussexes like it or not!)"

William will reportedly pay tribute to his father King Charles during the event on May 6; he’ll kneel and pledge allegiance to his dad, and will touch the crown and kiss the monarch’s right cheek.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have still not confirmed if they will be in attendance at the Westminster Abbey Ceremony, but they have said they have been invited.

A total of 2,000 people will be in the congregation as King Charles is crowned.

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