President Joe Biden has declined the invitation to attend the coronation of King Charles III in London next month. According to The UK Telegraph, Biden cited prior commitments as the reason for his absence, but efforts may still be underway to persuade him to attend. No U.S. president has ever attended the coronation of a new monarch, but Biden reportedly plans to send a representative to the ceremony. Among the names being mentioned include First Lady Dr. Jill Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. The ceremony will be the first coronation in seven decades and will see around 2,000 invited guests in attendance, including Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who were officially invited by email last month.
While the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have yet to decide on their attendance, a source close to the royal family confirmed that King Charles wants both of his sons to attend his coronation. Despite tension within the family, the source said that “King Charles wants to mend the relationship within the family” and “very much wants Prince Harry and his grandchildren at his coronation”.