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Kieren Williams & Karen Antcliff

Prince William and Princess Kate's Coronation move to stop Louis being 'offshoot like Harry' - expert

Prince Louis entertained royal watchers during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations back in June 2022 with his cheeky antics. Now, with the Coronation on the horizon, there has been speculation as to his role at this next historic event.

One royal expert expects The Prince and Princess of Wales to make a move that will stop the royal sibling feeling like an “offshoot like Harry”. Reports indicate that in an effort to stop another royal feeling like a “spare”, Prince William and Princess Kate will want to ensure Prince Louis doesn’t feel left out.

The Mirror reported the opinion of royal commentator Angela Mollard, adding the parents have long shown the central importance of family to their brand. Ms Mollard suggested that the royal couple should use the Coronation to ensure their second-born son Louis doesn’t end up going the same route as Harry. She said they could give Louis a memory of the ceremony that will help strengthen his bond with the monarchy, to ensure he’s there later in life when big brother George is king.

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According to the royal expert, having all three children appear at the Coronation will further help avoid any rifts between the siblings. This comes after leaked reports show that George, Charlotte, and Louis will join King Charles and Camilla as they leave Westminster Abbey at the ceremony on May 6.

The Daily Express reported that Ms Mollard said: "George needs to be braced and supported by his siblings. The whole brand of the Waleses is very much, 'we're a family, we do it all together. We do not want an offshoot like Harry in the future'."

While George and Princess Charlotte were likely to be handed a role for their grandfather's Coronation, Louis' young age left commentators wondering whether Kate and William would involve their youngest son.

Speaking to Sky Australia's The Royal Report, Ms Mollard said: "Some people might say four-year-old Louis was so funny, he's the cutest - it's like, do you make that decision to take your kids to a posh restaurant? Yes, you do, because it's going to be funny but more than that. It's going to make sure that Louis has a memory of the Coronation so when his big brother takes on that role, he and Charlotte are there to support him.”

It was long expected that future king Prince George would attend the coronation, but it wasn’t known previously that his siblings would play a role, too. George and Charlotte became the youngest members of the royal family to ever join a funeral procession when they took part in the Queen’s funeral last year - but Louis was considered too young.

The Times first reported the news that the siblings would be on public display at the Coronation. While the youngsters' presence has not been confirmed by Kensington Palace, documents show that after leaving the abbey, they were expected to join their parents in a carriage behind a Gold State Coach transporting the King and Queen.

Louis, who will be turning five shortly before the coronation, made his official debut during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. He appeared on the carriage escorting Kate and Camilla to Trooping the Colour last June alongside George and Charlotte.


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