Why wasn't Meghan at King Charles's coronation?
King Charles III's coronation featured over 2,000 guests, but there was one key family member missing: his daughter-in-law Meghan Markle.
While Prince Harry attended his father’s coronation, it was announced in April that the Duchess of Sussex would remain behind in California with their children, Prince Archie, four, and Princess Lilibet, one.
“Buckingham Palace is pleased to confirm that The Duke of Sussex will attend the Coronation Service at Westminster Abbey on May 6. The Duchess of Sussex will remain in California with Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet,” a statement from Buckingham Palace read in April.
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As the coronation fell on Archie’s fourth birthday, it is believed that this was a driving factor behind Meghan’s decision to stay in California.
Responses to Meghan's coronation absence
Following the announcement that Meghan would stay in California, former editor of The Sun newspaper, Kelvin Mackenzie, told GB News that he thought it was a "wise decision".
"There's a real sense of angst against both of them and they've solved it. [Harry] has to turn up, he has to turn up to his dad's coronation," he said.
Both Harry and Meghan were invited to the coronation, their representative confirmed in early March.
"Meghan wants to be there to support her father-in-law, but at the same time, the scrutiny she receives outweighs the support," a friend of Meghan’s anonymously told People magazine.
"There's always going to be that other side challenging their reasoning, and who wants to put themselves in that position? At this point, it's become so personal. Maybe what they wanted wasn't achieved, but at the end of the day, he's going there to support his dad."
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It comes after Meghan and Harry made some explosive claims about the royal family, both in their Netflix special, Harry & Meghan, and Harry’s memoir Spare, published in January this year.
In Harry’s memoir, he wrote of Queen Camilla: "I didn't relish losing a second parent, and I had complex feelings about gaining a stepparent, who I thought had recently sacrificed me on her personal PR altar."
Harry also claimed that Camilla had leaked stories about himself and his brother, Prince William, to the press.
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In an interview with the Sunday Times in April, Camilla’s friend Lady Lansdowne said: "Of course [what Harry wrote] bothers her, of course it hurts. But she doesn’t let it get to her. Her philosophy is always, 'Don’t make a thing of it and it will settle down – least said, soonest mended."
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