Royal insider says Meghan Markle will skip King Charles’ coronation

Royal insider Paul Burrell has speculated that Meghan Markle will not attend the coronation of King Charles on May 6 and instead opt to lay low at her California estate.

In a new interview with British tabloid Closer, Mr Burrell questioned whether the Sussexes were prepared to “face the music” after slamming the royal family in their Oprah interview, Netflix series and in Harry’s memoir Spare.  

“It is likely to be incredibly uncomfortable for them if they attend, particularly Meghan,” he said.  

Mr Burrell served as Princess Diana’s butler and confidante from 1987 until her death in 1997, as she navigated her separation and eventual divorce from King Charles.

He’s since written two memoirs about his life with Princess Diana and become a go-to royal expert in the United Kingdom.

“I don’t think Meghan’s brave or strong enough to be there — she’d have to look in the eyes of a family she’s pushed under the bus,” Mr Burrell said.

“But I think Harry may come alone and she’s probably told him she won’t be able to be by his side with him if he does attend.”

Mr Burrell’s comments follow speculation from other royal insiders that Meghan may use Prince Archie’s upcoming fourth birthday celebrations as a reason to skip attending the coronation.

On March 6, a spokesperson for the couple confirmed the Sussexes had received “email correspondence” regarding the coronation but did not confirm whether Meghan and Harry would attend the event.

Mr Burrell suspects Harry may also struggle to face the rest of his family and see Queen Consort Camilla in the role “where his mother could have been.”

In Spare, Harry wrote that he asked his father not to marry Camilla and revealed his suspicions the Queen Consort traded information about him to the British press.

“I had complex feelings about gaining a stepparent, who I thought had recently sacrificed me on her personal PR altar,” the Prince wrote.

Harry referred to Mr Burrell as only “Mummy’s butler” in his book and claimed that Diana’s former confidante “made his blood boil”.

Mr Burrell has admitted the slight infuriated him, and in response told a newspaper Harry is “an angry, petulant, privileged prince who is constantly blaming other people and not taking accountability”.

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