Why isn't Meghan Markle attending King Charles's Coronation?

13 April 2023, 10:43 | Updated: 13 April 2023, 10:49

Meghan Markle, Kate Middleton and King Charles
Meghan Markle has a number of reasons why she won't be attending the coronation this May. Picture: Alamy

By Zoe Adams

Prince Harry has confirmed he will attend his father's coronation on May 6th but without wife Meghan - here are all the reasons she's staying home with their children in California.

King Charles's Coronation on May 6th will be attended by his son Prince Harry, it has been confirmed, after months of speculation following awkward tensions.

However, wife Meghan Markle, and their two children Archie and Lilibet, will not be in attendance for the lavish royal affair and it seems that has caused some disappointment for King Charles.

So what's the real reason Meghan has decided to not attend the coronation? After ongoing awkward relationships, it appears as if the former Suits actress is cutting her royal ties once and for all.

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Here's all the reasons why Meghan Markle may have chosen not to attend the coronation.

Meghan Markle wearing white polo jumper and not smiling
Meghan Markle has confirmed she will be staying in California with her two children on the King's Coronation date. Picture: Alamy

Awkward royal relationships

It's no secret that the royal family and Harry and Meghan have had a difficult year, especially after the release of their Netflix documentary and the Duke's autobiography, Spare.

In order to not have to face awkward encounters or face strained relationships, Meghan is likely to believe it's a more positive option for her to stay home in California.

Children not invited

It's reported that Harry and Meghan's children, Archie and Lilibet, were not invited to attend the coronation due to their very young ages.

In the royal family, infants are not likely to attend such big events until they turn five. As a result, it's likely Meghan would want to, naturally, stay home and care for her two children.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry with baby son Archie
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's son Archie will turn four on the King's Coronation day. Picture: Alamy

Archie's fourth birthday

One of the main reasons it's suspected Meghan isn't attending the coronation is because the date, May 6th, also falls on her son Archie's fourth birthday.

As such a special day for the family, it's unlikely she would want to miss it.

Risk of being booed

It's a lose, lose situation for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as royal experts have claimed that even if they did attend, they would be at risk of being booed by the British public.

Them attending together, along with a negative reaction, would also see security risks.

To avoid further speculation

If Meghan did attend, it's likely all eyes would be on her and her interactions with other members of the royal family. In a bid to not distract from the main event itself, she may have chosen not to come to avoid further scrutiny and speculation.