Prince George’s role at coronation has sparked ‘argument’, says expert

Prince George's role at his grandfather's coronation has sparked a behind-the-scenes 'argument', an expert has suggested.

Prince William and Kate Middleton were previously said to be "considering" the possibility of handing their eldest a major responsibility at the royal event in May this year.

While Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis would attend the ceremony as spectators, Prince George would be involved in a hands-on role.

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But speaking to the Express, royal commentator Tom Quinn has suggested there is a "bit of an argument" going on behind the scenes over exactly what role Prince George will play on May 6 as the Prince and Princess of Wales are "worried" of the pressure.

The author of the newly-released book Gilded Youth said: "I've heard from my contacts that there is a bit of an argument going on about whether George should play a more formal role. I've heard that Kate and William are worried that it will be too much for him."

Despite several public appearances, Prince William's children have gradually been introduced to public duties over the years and were seen at the Queen Elizabeth II last September.

But Mr Quinn suggested the young heir will play a role during the coronation, but said that it "won't be too prominent".

Speaking about concerns over the role, he added: "It's almost an echo of the way William and Harry were sometimes made to attend formal occasions that they shouldn't have been made to attend, most famously, the funeral of their mother, and walking behind her coffin at their age.

"A lot of people criticised that and said that it was a horrible thing to make two boys that young, and especially Harry, do.

"So I think people are remembering this and thinking, 'Well hang on a minute, if George is some sort of a pageboy, or has a similar role at the Coronation, is that going back too far towards the traditional roles?'

The Daily Star previously reported that Camilla Parker Bowles' five grandchildren would also be involved in the ceremony in an unprecedented move, a source claimed.

But when it comes to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's children, it was reported that Archie and his younger sister Lilibet – aged three and two respectively – had not been factored into the coronation ceremony because they were considered “too young”.

However, on True Royalty TV's The Royal Beat, Dr Tessa Dunlop pointed out: "It’s [Archie’s] fourth birthday on the day of the Coronation…

"If you look at the footage of the 1953 Coronation, who was very prominent, albeit briefly? Prince Charles. He was four."


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