In contrast, Prince William was centre stage as he swore loyalty to the King and kissed his father on the cheek in a touching moment just minutes after St Edward’s crown was placed on Charles's head.
Princess Anne's large red feather on top of her hat comically blocked Harry's view of the service.
By the time King Charles and Queen Camilla triumphantly stood on Buckingham Palace's balcony waving to ecstatic royal fans, the Duke of Sussex will have hardly been an afterthought for most watching.
The Prince and Princess of Wales beamed as they observed the flypast, a stunning conclusion to a magnificent day for the Royal Family.
The Duke of Sussex was nowhere to be seen having chosen to rush back to California to be with Meghan Markle and his son Archie on his fourth birthday.
It was not just inside Westminster Abbey that the Duke of Sussex's presence was diminished.
The Royal Family watched the flypast at Buckingham Palace
King Charles and Queen Camilla's Coronation marks the start of a new chapter for the Royal Family
As I spoke with many Britons queuing outside Buckingham Palace it was clear Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were seen as an unwanted distraction from the landmark event.
As members of the public patiently waited to get a glimpse of the Royal Family there was an overwhelming level of positivity and well wishes towards King Charles and the senior members of the monarchy.
Many said they felt indifferent about Prince Harry attending the historic ceremony and hardly any thought that Meghan Markle should have come with him.
King Charles and Queen Camilla's Coronation marks the start of a new chapter for the Royal Family but it also felt like the end of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's road with the monarchy.