Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s photo have been included in coronation program of King Charles.
The souvenir program’s 84 page pamphlet for the May 6 crowning ceremony of King Charles hits newsstands. The pamphlet was dropped after Buckingham Palace announced that Prince Harry will attend the coronation while Meghan will stay back in California.
The pamphlet features one of King Charles’ 70th birthday portraits, taken by royal photographer Chris Jackson. The photo was first released by Clarence House to mark the milestone in 2018.
In the photo, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex smiling alongside King Charles, Queen Camilla, Prince William, Kate Middleton and their three children, Prince George, 9, Princess Charlotte, 7, and Prince Louis, 4. At that time, Meghan and Harry’s two children – Prince Archie, 3, and Princess Lilibet, 22 months – were not born.
“Nice to see this picture I took in 2018 in the Official Coronation Programme – Had such fun taking it,” Jackson wrote on Instagram Tuesday.
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Buckingham Palace issued a statement last Wednesday, “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,” People reported.
There are a few reasons why Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, is unlikely to attend the coronation of Prince Charles as the King of England.
- Firstly, the exact timing of the coronation is unknown as it has not been officially announced. However, it is likely to take place after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, and as Meghan and her husband Prince Harry have stepped down as senior members of the royal family, they may not be invited to attend the ceremony.
- Secondly, even if they were invited, there may be logistical challenges related to their current residence in the United States and the security arrangements that would need to be put in place for their attendance.
- Finally, it’s important to note that attending the coronation of a new monarch is not a requirement for members of the royal family. In fact, Prince Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, did not attend the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. So, Meghan’s absence at the coronation would not be unprecedented or necessarily indicative of any negative feelings towards the royal family.
For more details, keep watching this space.