Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, will not be attending the Coronation of King Charles III, according to reports. Instead, she will remain at her home in Montecito, California, where she will be celebrating her son Archie's fourth birthday.
An article in the Daily Telegraph suggested that one of the reasons for Meghan's absence from the historic event was her dissatisfaction with King Charles' response when she raised issues of unconscious bias within the Royal Family. The article claimed that Meghan had written to the then Prince of Wales following her and Prince Harry's interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2021.
However, Meghan's spokesperson has since denied these claims, stating that the Duchess is not thinking about correspondence from two years ago related to conversations from four years ago. The spokesperson further urged the tabloid media and various royal correspondents to stop creating an “exhausting circus” around the issue.
The letters exchanged between Meghan and Charles were said to contain the identity of the senior member of the Royal Family who asked about what Prince Archie's skin colour would be. However, both Meghan and Charles agreed that the comment was not made “maliciously”.
Meghan's interview with Oprah Winfrey earlier this year was filled with bombshell moments, including her revelation that a senior member of the Royal Family had asked about what Prince Archie's skin colour would be. She also shared that she had felt suicidal while a member of the Royal Family.
Despite not attending the Coronation in person, Meghan has been featured in the event's official souvenir programme. The glossy 84-page magazine, which went on sale on Monday, features a family photo taken in 2018 to mark the King's 70th birthday. The image shows Charles and Camilla, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, the Queen Consort, and the Prince and Princess of Wales with their children, including Meghan and Prince Harry.
The strained relationship between Harry and Meghan and the rest of the Royal Family was also highlighted over the weekend when it was revealed that Queen Camilla was hurt by the critical comments Harry made about her in his tell-all memoir, Spare.
In conclusion, while Meghan Markle will not be attending the Coronation of King Charles III, her presence is still felt in the official souvenir programme. The strained relationship between Harry and Meghan and the rest of the Royal Family remains a topic of interest to the public and media alike.