Meghan Markle is said to not be attending the King’s coronation over fears of being “overshadowed”.
Prince Harry is set to travel to London’s Westminster Abbey for the King’s coronation on May 6, while Meghan will remain in California with the couple’s two children, Lilibet and Archie – whose fourth birthday is on the same day.
The decision last week came after mounting speculation over whether the Sussexes would attend given the pair had responded to their invitation well past the RSVP deadline of April 3.
Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams has spoken out about what led Meghan to turn down her invitation to the historic event.
“Meghan is terrified she’ll be overshadowed at the coronation…she knows not making the balcony, or getting placed in Westminster Abbey next to Prince Andrew and the nonworking royals is not a good look,” he told the publication.
Senior royal family members typically appear on the balcony during major events such as weddings and historic anniversaries.
Mr Fitzwilliams said Meghan “can’t handle” not being on the balcony because “exclusion is not something” she or Harry “do well”.
“Everyone knows what Meghan wants, Meghan gets, and she would only have come if it suited her,” he said.
“She doesn’t want to be in the background and be upstaged by the coronation, it’s not her style; that’s why she’s turned it down.”
It would have been the first time the Duchess of Sussex faced the royal family since she aired her and Harry’s Netflix docuseries last year.
The documentary fired a series of accusations against the family, including Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton, as well as mocking the late Queen’s traditional curtsey.
“The sister in laws (Meghan and Kate) dislike each other, god forbid Meghan has to bow to her on the day of the coronation – of course she was always going to stay away,” Mr Fitzwilliams added.
Daily Mirror Royal Editor Russell Myers last week said it was a “convenient get out” for Meghan to use her son’s birthday as an excuse not to attend the coronation.
But he said Meghan’s decision to avoid the big day wasn’t completely unexpected given her and Harry’s fractured relationship with the royal family which was not far from “rock bottom”.
Despite Harry now confirming he will attend, Mr Myers said his trip to London would be ” very quick and brief” as he won’t be playing a formal part in the historical service.
“I wouldn’t expect him front and centre…I imagine he would want to come in and out with as little fuss as possible, because all eyes will be on him,” he told Sky News Australia on April 11.
“I’m told that there will be absolutely no space for him on the balcony.
“The King has decided to just have working royals alongside him for that moment.”
The coronation will be the first time the Duke has been seen with the royal family since the release of his bombshell memoir Spare which was aired just months after the documentary.
The event however is looking “awkward” for Harry as royal sources tell the Daily Mail that most of his family have “no interest” in talking to him beyond “the most basic of greetings”.
It is rumoured the King may put on a front to ensure the day runs smoothly but as for the rest of the clan, it could be awkward.
News Source: www.skynews.com.au