Rishi Sunak could ask Prince Harry not to attend the king’s coronation

Rishi Sunak and King Charles III

King Charles III (right) and the Prime Minister (left) will decide whether to ban Prince Harry (Image: PA)

The Prime Minister may be forced to decide whether to invite Prince Harry to the coronation following the uproar over his autobiography, Spare.

Royal insiders say King Charles should use so-called “Churchill precedent,” which would take the “impossible” decision about Harry’s presence out of his hands — and into Rishi Sunak’s.

In 1953, Winston Churchill, then Prime Minister, told the Duke of Windsor – who had abdicated as Edward VIII more than 16 years earlier – that he was not welcome at Queen Elizabeth’s coronation.

Harry has so far refused to say if he would attend the May 6 ceremony, even if invited.

Prince Harry

Prince Harry’s memoir Spare has caused quite a stir (Image: Tim Rooke/Shutterstock)

But without outside help, Charles will face the difficult choice of either banning his son or enduring a media circus from Harry’s visit to wife Meghan.

A source told The Mail On Sunday: “The coronation is a state event and is funded by the state. Just as Winston Churchill advised the Duke of Windsor to stay away, the decision on whether to invite Harry, who has no official royal role or state function at the ceremony, will be left to the government rather than just his father.’

However, Whitehall insiders say: “Traditionally, the royal household tells us the number of royal guests without revealing their identities and we construct the arrangements on that basis.”

Winston Churchill and Edward VIII

Sir Winston Churchill and Edward VIII abdicated to marry Wallis Simpson (Image: Corbis/Getty)

The Cabinet Office is understood to set up a “Coronation Committee” of civil servants, royal officials and Church of England representatives to plan the event.

The Ministry of the Interior will also be heavily involved.

If Harry attends, there will be additional security concerns after he claims he killed 25 Taliban militants while serving in Afghanistan.

Charles is also reportedly “angry” that his son branded Camilla “dangerous”.

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