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The Duke of Sussex will attend King Charles's coronation alone on 6 May

Meghan Markle in Australia
Danielle Stacey
Online Royal CorrespondentLondon
14 April 2023
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The Duchess of Sussex will not be among the guests at King Charles's coronation on 6 May, it was confirmed earlier this week.

Meghan's husband, Prince Harry, will attend the ceremony alone while the Duchess remains in California with the couple's young children, Prince Archie, three, and one-year-old Princess Lilibet.

The Sussexes are no longer working royals after their decision to step back from royal duties in 2020.

Former actress Meghan married Harry in May 2018 and she has been present for some of the biggest royal events in recent years, including the late Queen's Platinum Jubilee last year.

However, different circumstances have meant that the Duchess has missed out on a few public appearances.

King Charles's coronation

In a statement, the palace said: "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."

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While no reason was given for Meghan's absence, Archie's fourth birthday coincides with his grandfather's coronation and that is thought to be a key reason behind the decision.

Easter Sunday church service

King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla hosted the royals at Windsor for the annual Easter Sunday church service last week, but it's an event that Meghan hasn't attended.

Heavily pregnant Meghan was just weeks away from her due date when the Easter Sunday service took place on 21 April 2019, but expectant father Harry stepped out to join his family at church, as seen in the clip below...

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Archie arrived just over two weeks later on 6 May at London's Portland Hospital.

Harry and Meghan were also absent from the 2018 Easter Sunday service, which took place just weeks before their royal wedding.

HELLO! reported at the time that the future royal bride and groom spent the bank holiday in private, according to sources.

Prince Philip's funeral

The Duchess of Sussex was also absent from the late Duke of Edinburgh's funeral in Windsor on 17 April 2021.

A palace spokesperson said at the time that Meghan had been advised not to travel by her doctors due to the advanced stage of her pregnancy.

Harry and Meghan sent a beautiful blue and purple wreath for Prince Philip's funeral© Getty
Harry and Meghan sent a beautiful blue and purple wreath for Prince Philip's funeral

The Duke attended his grandfather's funeral alone and walked in the procession, but the Duchess sent a wreath made up of thoughtfully selected purple and blue flowers, with a beautiful handwritten note.

Harry and Meghan's daughter Lilibet Diana was born just weeks later on 4 June 2021 at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.  

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