Wednesday, 19 Jun 2024

Kate wouldn’t have Meghan at Coronation ‘under any circumstances’

Meghan Markle’s absence at coronation discussed by Bower

A royal biographer claims Kate, Princess of Wales, wouldn’t have Meghan attending the Coronation “under any circumstances”.

Speaking about his theory for the reason the Duchess of Sussex is not attending the crowning of King Charles III on May 6, royal author Tom Bower said he thought the decision could be connected to her sister-in-law.

Appearing on GB News, Mr Bower was asked by Nigel Farage if he thought it was “right” that Prince Harry should still fly over from California for the ceremony without Meghan. Mr Bower called Harry attending alone an “ugly compromise”.

He said: “I think we must all be grateful, that Kate, in the end I think, prevented Meghan coming and said she wouldn’t have her there under any circumstances.”

Mr Bower added he believed the Princess of Wales would have said if Meghan did come, she would have to “sit at the back”.

He said: “I do think that for the Royal Family, Harry’s presence is constitutionally important, after all if God forbid something happened to the Cambridges and all of them died, we’d have King Harry on the throne after Charles, so he’s got to be there.

“The question is, what is role will be when he gets to London? and I think that the arguments over the last few days have been very much to minimise his presence in the Abbey.”

Mr Farage said the other “big moment” of any royal occasion are the scenes on the balcony at Buckingham Palace, and asked Mr Bower if Meghan isn’t attending the Coronation does it make it “easier for Harry to appear with the rest of his family on that balcony?”

Mr Bower said “in theory” Meghan’s absence would make it easier for the Duke of Sussex to make an appearance before the crowds below Buckingham Palace.

But he said: “I think in practice it would be terrible if Charles did that because I think if he let Harry come on the balcony, he’d also have to have Prince Andrew on the balcony.

“And to have two renegade princes in front of the public like that would be a very bad start to King Charles’s reign.”

Mr Bower concluded by saying the Coronation in the end “is all about Charles” and about “what sort of king he is going to be”.

He said: “Will he be accepted? will he be popular? Will he make an impression that there’s an age of King Charles III?

Duchess of Sussex will miss the historic occasion and stay in California with the couple’s children, Archie and Lilibet, Buckingham Palace announced in a statement released today.

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