prince harry He will attend his father’s coronation next month while his wife, Meghan the Duchess of Sussex, he plans to remain in California with the couple’s two children, officials said Wednesday.

Any involvement of the couple in King Charles’s coronation was far from a given, following their controversial announcement three years ago to «step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family.»

Buckingham Palace and representatives for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made separate statements confirming their roles. at the coronation on May 6 at Westminster Abbey.

«Buckingham Palace is delighted to confirm that the Duke of Sussex will attend the Coronation Service at Westminster Abbey on May 6,» Buckingham Palace said in a statement. «The Duchess of Sussex will remain in California with Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet.»

A spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex issued an almost identical statement.

«The Duke of Sussex will attend the coronation service at Westminster Abbey on May 6,» according to the couple’s rep. «The Duchess of Sussex will remain in California with Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet.»

The couple’s son, Archie, will turn 4 on the day his grandfather is celebrated as king 5,500 miles away.

Prince Harry and his wife make their home in Santa Barbara County, a world away from the Buckingham Palace fish tank. The lingering animosity between the sides was on full display recently with the Netflix series «Harry and Meghan».

Harry’s father, King Charles III, ascended to the throne following Queen Elizabeth’s death on September 8 last year.