King Charles’ coronation plans muddled as Prince Harry causes delays: ‘Total chaos’
Organizers of King Charles and Queen Camilla’s coronation on May 6 are facing a “race against time”, royal sources have revealed.
Insiders have told The Mirror that rehearsals are progressing significantly over time – and Prince Harry’s evasions about whether he and his wife Meghan will attend the historic event doesn’t help on the planning side of things.
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Only three weeks remain until the big event, which will take place in London’s Westminster Abbey.
But sources say the elaborate seating plan is still not finalized, partly because Harry and Meghan have still not confirmed their attendance despite the April 3 deadline.
There have also reportedly been rows over the coronation route and controversy over whether Prince Andrew should be allowed to wear his Knight of the Garter robes following the scandal surrounding his friendship with the late Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted sex trafficker.
An insider also revealed that King Charles had complained about how cumbersome his robes were, leading some to fear he might stumble in them in front of an expected 100million live TV viewers.
According to The Mirror sources, there was even disagreement over which tiaras the royal women should wear.
“It’s all very hectic, complete chaos to be honest.
“There’s a plan that’s supposed to be the blueprint for how the day is supposed to go, but things change daily, which causes massive headaches.”
Another source said it was likely things would “go to the extreme”.
“But there is great confidence that everything will go according to plan that day,” the source added.
“This is of course a huge event and it is important that everyone pulls together in the right direction.
“The King and Queen Consort wants it to be perfect, as does everyone involved, and that’s why everything is done to make it that way.”
The scheduled running time for the ceremony is 90 minutes.
That’s much shorter than Queen Elizabeth II’s ceremony in 1953, which lasted three hours and 20 minutes.
King Charles III has indicated he would like a stripped down version, but rehearsals suggest things could change over time.
According to plans by The Mirror, the service is due to start at 11am local time and end at 12.45pm, with the King’s procession returning to Buckingham Palace at 1pm.
“Everything should be planned to the minute and (time) overruns would be a disaster,” said a source.
“The schedule of the program, the carriages, the balcony act and the RAF flypast are all planned to the minute, so it’s all incredibly stressful.”
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