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Meghan Markle responds to claims over real reason she won't attend Coronation

The Duchess of Sussex has responded to an article from the Daily Telegraph


Meghan Markle in blue dress
Matthew Moore
Online News Writer & Diversity and Inclusion Lead
22 April 2023
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Meghan Markle will not be one of those in attendance at the Coronation of King Charles III, instead remaining home in Montecito where she will be celebrating Prince Archie's fourth birthday.

On Saturday, an article in the Daily Telegraph said one of the reasons that Meghan wouldn't be at the historic event was that she was left "unsatisfied" by King Charles' response when she raised issues of unconscious bias within the Royal Family. It was claimed that the Duchess of Sussex wrote to the then Prince of Wales following her and Prince Harry's interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2021.

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Responding to the article, the Duchess of Sussex's spokesperson told HELLO!: "The Duchess of Sussex is going about her life in the present, not thinking about correspondence from two years ago related to conversations from four years ago.

"Any suggestion otherwise is false and frankly ridiculous. We encourage tabloid media and various royal correspondents to stop the exhausting circus that they alone are creating."

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The letters which were exchanged between Meghan and Charles were said to contain the identity of the senior member of the Royal Family who asked about what Prince Archie's skin colour would be, with both Meghan and Charles agreeing that the comment was not made "maliciously".

Meghan Markle sat with Oprah Winfrey
Meghan made the initial claims during an interview with Oprah Winfrey

Meghan's interview with Oprah back in 2021 contained many bombshell moments, with the Duchess saying that the then Duchess of Cambridge reduced her to tears over the dresses of her flower girls, although she did add that Kate later apologised.

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The interview also saw Meghan saying that she didn't "want to be alive" as she explained: "It was a very real and frightening constant thought. I remember that he [Harry] just cradled me, and I went to the institution and I said I needed to go somewhere and get help, and I was told that I couldn't, because it wouldn't be good for the institution."

Meghan Markle laughing with King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla© Chris Jackson
Meghan won't be at the Coronation

Although Meghan will not be at the Coronation in person, she has featured in the event's official souvenir programme. The glossy 84-page magazine, which went on sale on Monday, features a family photo taken in 2018 to mark the King's 70th birthday.

The image, which is prominently displayed, shows Charles and Camilla sat side by side, with laughing Prince George on his grandfather's lap and Princess Charlotte cuddling up to the Queen Consort.

Stood behind the King are a beaming Prince and Princess of Wales, who is holding baby Prince Louis. Stood next to William is his brother Harry, with Meghan by his side, also laughing.

Relations between Harry and Meghan and the rest of his family are certainly strained. At the weekend, it was revealed that Queen Camilla was left "hurt" by the critical comments Harry made about her in his tell-all memoir, Spare.

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