As King Charles gets crowned in a lavish ceremony today, all eyes will be on the British royal family. Even though 100 heads of state and other leaders from around the world will be there, Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, will not be there.
The Duchess and their children, Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet, will remain in California while Prince Harry, Meghan Markle’s husband and the Duke of Sussex, is present for today’s coronation ceremony, according to a statement from Buckingham Palace.
“Buckingham Palace is pleased to confirm that The Duke of Sussex will attend the Coronation Service at Westminster Abbey on 6th May. The Duchess of Sussex will remain in California with Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet,” the statement says.
While there are “many factors that likely went into” Meghan’s decision to not attend, Rachel Bowie, co-host of “Royally Obsessed,” a Gallery Media Group podcast, believes being present for Archie’s birthday and avoiding media scrutiny was probably the major consideration. Meghan’s absence may also coincide with persistent hostilities between Harry and his father and brother, Prince William.
In 2020, Harry and Meghan announced their resignation from their royal responsibilities, and since then, they have pounded the monarchy mercilessly. As a result, Harry will not participate in the procession or have a formal role in the event. It is unknown if he will accompany the family when they appear on the balcony to greet the throng later on Saturday.
Charles succeeded his mother, Queen Elizabeth, who died in September at the age of 74. As he sits on a 14th-century throne today at Westminster Abbey, he will become the oldest British king to wear the 360-year-old St Edward’s Crown. During the two-hour event, which will strive to show a monarchy and country that are both oriented to the future while being historically rooted, his second wife Camilla, 75, will also be crowned queen.
Published by HOLR Magazine.