Why Prince Harry didn't swear loyalty to King Charles and Prince William did

william and harry at the coronation
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King Charles had his official coronation today and it was over the top to say the least—and included Prince William swearing loyalty to him like something outta Game of Thrones. Meanwhile, Prince Harry notably did not swear loyalty to his dad.

This is largely because of Prince William's official role in the coronation: on top of assisting in putting some fancy robes on King Charles, Wills made the "Homage of Royal Blood." Which basically involved him kneeling in front of his dad and saying "I, William, Prince of Wales, pledge my loyalty to you and faith and truth I will bear unto you, as your liege man of life and limb. So help me God."

This is similar (though slightly less verbose) to the pledge Prince Philip made to Queen Elizabeth when she was crowned: “I, Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, do become your liege man of life and limb, and of earthly worship; and faith and truth I will bear unto you, to live and die, against all manner of folks. So help me God.”

According to Royal Central, during past coronations "Dukes would pay homage to the new monarch" but "King Charles decided only the Prince of Wales would perform this task in his coronation." Which is....why Harry isn't involved in the vow!

Also, Harry is attending the coronation as a guest and isn't part of the official ceremony, but he had a chance to participate in the Homage of the People, where everyone watching can vow, "I swear that I will pay true allegiance to Your Majesty, and to your heirs and successors according to law. So help me God." This will naturally be followed by the totally casual "God save King Charles, Long live King Charles, May The King live forever."

Intense stuff!

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