Meghan Markle was “never likely” to attend King Charles’ coronation with her husband as she was placed in an “impossible position”, royal sources have claimed.
Buckingham Palace on Thursday confirmed Prince Harry will fly to London to watch his father be crowned in the historic ceremony in just over three weeks’ time.
Rumours are circulating as to why the former actress chose to remain in Los Angeles, while her husband will reunite with the royal family amid tensions over the couple’s decision to speak out against the institution through a Netflix series and Harry’s memoir Spare.
Omid Scobie, a close friend and author of the pair’s unauthorised biography Finding Freedom, claimed it was their four-year-old son Archie’s birthday, which falls on the same day as his grandfather’s coronation, that led to the actress’ decision.
But royal sources have claimed Meghan was “never likely” to attend the crowning of Charles and Camilla given the frosty nature with the royals since moving to the US.
“The mood from California was that she felt increasingly put in an impossible position and there’s a fair sense of relief that the situation is resolved after so much speculation and uncertainty,” the unnamed sourced told The Mirror’s Russell Myers.
“It is one thing to attend the late Queen’s funeral out of respect for Her Majesty but another thing entirely to attend the start of a new reign.”
Another described how Buckingham Palace staffers “cheered” when they found out Meghan was not coming, adding “the circus wasn’t coming to town”.
A third also weighed in and believed the mother-of-two would have been “damned” either way if she came or decided to remain at their $21 million Montecito mansion.
Prince Harry is said to have been in discussions with Palace aides and officials for weeks to determine if he could bring his family to London.
It is believed he had concerns about security and how the British public would respond to the actress’ presence at the May 6 event given the ongoing tensions with the royals.
Among the suspected reasons Meghan will not attend is her children Archie, four, and Lilibet, one, not receiving a spot in the coronation procession.
Prince William and Kate Middleton’s three children are all set to be part of the parade from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace.
Their eldest child Prince George has been confirmed as one of the page of honours and will wear a special uniform for the procession.
Harry will likely be seated away from senior royals at Westminster Abbey as he watches the historic crowning of his father.
It will be the first time the Duke of Sussex will see his family in person since Queen Elizabeth II’s death in September and his explosive memoir Spare.
Royalists will be eagerly tuning in to see if there will be a public interaction between Harry, William and Charles at the highly-anticipated event.
But sources claim it would unlikely happen in such a publicised moment as they did not want to take the limelight from the King’s big day.
About 2,000 guests, including Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and a cohort of handpicked “outstanding citizens” , are expected to walk through the gates of London’s Westminster Abbey on Saturday May 6 to watch the historical event.
News Source: www.skynews.com.au