Prince George has been honored with a big role at his grandfather King Charles III’s upcoming coronation, and parents Prince William and Kate Middleton are now on board.
The 9-year-old prince, who is second-in-line to the throne, will be a Page of Honor alongside Lord Oliver Cholmondeley (son of Charles’ Lord-in-Waiting), Nicholas Barclay (the grandson of Charles’ second cousin Sarah Troughton), and Ralph Tollemache (son of the King’s godson Edward Tollemache).
The four boys will attend to Charles throughout the coronation on May 6 at Buckingham Palace, and Camilla’s three grandsons and great-nephew will do the same for her. The pages will also join the procession through the Nave of Westminster Abbey.
George’s involvement in the coronation was reportedly a source of contention among the family with George’s parents considering the pressure this honor might put on their son’s shoulders. Tom Quinn, author of Gilded Youth: A History of Growing Up in the Royal Family, told Express that William and Kate were “worried that it will be too much for” their son. They were allegedly anxious that George is too young for the extra royal duties and that the press and/or public would paint a negative light on him. That anxiety has supposedly been quelled since Charles’ announcement of George’s role.
“His parents are very excited and delighted that he is a page,” a spokesperson for the Prince and Princess of Wales told PEOPLE. “It’s something that his parents have thought long and hard about and are very much looking forward to — and I’m sure George is, too.”
Per usual, this is not the only bit of royal family drama ahead of the big day.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have yet to formally RSVP. Should the Sussexes arrive, Charles has planned to give them “prominent” seats. Even though they might not get a warm welcome from the royal family, PR expert Edward Coram-James told GB News he recommends the couple attend the ceremony. Failing to do so “would give further oxygen to the rift,” and cause an unwanted sideshow as “the shadow of their absence would loom large over the entire ceremony.”
“In a universe in which the damage already caused by the rift is still recoverable from, at least in part, a no-show would be the fatal, irreversible blow, both in the public perception as well, potentially, as within the family itself,” Coram-James said. “It risks drawing out the conflict over the long term.”
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