Prince Harry absent from Buckingham Palace balcony with no way back for King's youngest son

Prince Harry absent from Buckingham Palace balcony with no way back for King's youngest son

Prince Harry was missing from the balcony

Dan Falvey

By Dan Falvey

Published: 06/05/2023

- 15:47

Updated: 07/05/2023

- 00:49

It is thought the Duke of Sussex headed straight from Westminster Abbey to Heathrow airport

Prince Harry was nowhere to be seen as members of the Royal Family gathered on the Buckingham Palace balcony.

The youngest son of the King was not present as the monarch presented a slimmed down version of the Firm to Britain.

As well as Harry, other non-working royals such as Prince Andrew and his daughters Beatrice and Eugenie were absent.

The Duke of Sussex was warned ahead of the Coronation that he would have no formal role in the ceremony after closing to opt out of royal life over three years ago.

Prince Louis

The young royal alongside his siblings Prince George and Princess Charlotte as they joined King Charles, Queen Camilla, Princess Kate and Prince William on the balcony


He was demoted to a third row seat at Westminster Abbey took no part in the procession to Buckingham Palace.

The Royal Family spent a little under 10 minutes on the balcony before going back inside.

The public started chanting “God Save The King” and gave three cheers as the royal family emerged on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

They gave a resounding cheer when the King waved to members of the public gathered in front of the palace.

The King and Queen on the Buckingham Palace balcony

The King and Queen presented their slimmed down monarchy to Britain on the balcony


Prince George and one of the other Pages of Honour

Prince George and the other Pages of Honour joined the monarch on the balcony


The King and Queen then re-emerged moments later to loud cheers from the crowds watching below.

Camilla then called for their pages to help them rearrange their trains.

One professional lip reader believes Harry may already have been back at Heathrow airport when the balcony seen unfolded.

The Duke of Sussex was spotted telling Eugenie's husband Jack Brooksbank that he would be "heading off" after the service.

The King and Queen made two balcony appearances


Lip reader Jacquie Presser added that Harry could be seen saying the word "airport" in the same conversation.

Multiple flights from Heathrow to Los Angeles are departing this afternoon, with the last one at 6.50pm.

Harry was thought to be eager to leave the UK as quickly as possible after the Coronation.

Today is also the birthday of Harry's son, Archie.

Meghan Markle declined an invitation to the Coronation in order to stay in California to celebrate with their child.

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