Why royal staff fear Prince Harry could pull out of the King's coronation

Prince Harry has been accused of failing to tell royal staff of his plans during the coronation

Prince Harry may pull out of the King's coronation at the last minute, according to royal commentator Charlie Rae.

Speaking to TalkTV's Kevin O'Sullivan, Mr Rae said Harry has been so vague about his plans while he is in the UK there are concerns he may not show up at all.

The Duke is expected to be in the country for a fleeting 24 hours for the event before flying back to California to mark Archie’s birthday, and he is expected to attend only the Abbey ceremony.

Mr Rae said Harry has failed to update royal staff about his plans, creating logistical and security problems for the planning of the event.

"He's not telling them anything at all. It's incredible.

"There are people at the Palace who are very concerned about Harry at the moment, because they've been kept in the dark about his plans," he said.

"They don't know where he's going to stay, they don't know what time he's going to arrive, they don't even know what time he's going to leave. Some are saying it's easier to get through to Mars.

"There's also some concern that he may well pull out at the last minute. They're not sure he's actually going to turn up. Is he going to throw a tizzy? We will have to wait and see, but it does strike an awful lot of rudeness."

Two thousand guests will gather in Westminster Abbey for the ceremony that will be watched live at home by millions of people around the world.

Harry is not expected to have a formal role on the day but all eyes will be on the duke as he faces his relatives in public for the first time since he lambasted Charles, Camilla, William and Kate in his tell-all memoir Spare.

Meghan will remain at home in California with Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet, celebrating Archie’s fourth birthday which falls on the same day.

Meghan’s spokesperson has denied reports that the reason why Meghan is not attending is because she did not receive a satisfactory response to a letter she sent to Charles expressing concern about unconscious bias in the royal family.

Harry has indicated he has enough material to fill another book, likely to make the royals wary of encountering him.