Meghan Markle Ditching Coronation Is a “Self-Preservation” Move, Says Expert

After the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s various media projects, their polling took a “disastrous dive.”

Meghan Markle is sitting this one out. On Wednesday, Buckingham Palace announced that Prince Harry will be attending King Charles’s coronation, albeit without his wife. Instead, Meghan will be holding down the fort in Montecito, California, with their two children, one of whom will be celebrating their fourth birthday.

Based on the court of public opinion, which there seems to be a lot of these days in concern of the Sussexes, Meghan has made the right decision.

For the last several months, royal experts and Britons have voiced their fears for the Duchess’s well being should she attend. This was made even more rampant following the release of the couple’s Netflix docuseries and Harry’s explosive memoir, both of which did not shed a positive light on the Palace.

“It is probably a wise choice for Meghan not to attend after the many allegations and breaches of confidence that have been made in the Netflix show, various interviews and in Harry’s book,” Royal commentator Jonathan Sacerdoti told Fox News Digital.

Sacerdoti added that Meghan’s decision isn’t all that surprising either, considering she’s “declared her desire not to be in the spotlight as a working member of the royal family.”

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To Di For Daily podcast host Kinsey Schofield described Meghan’s absence as a move of “self-preservation.” She alleges that Harry attending solo could be a political move to help boost the couple’s “polling numbers and likability rating.”

“I don’t think Meghan wants any negative attention and Harry will likely receive a far less hostile reaction from the thousands of people that will be visiting for the king’s coronation – without Meghan by his side,” she said to the outlet.

Don’t be surprised if Meghan announces a new project or event in the days leading up to Charles’s coronation either, Schofield said. She thinks the Duchess of Sussex will be going out of her way “to appear busy and unavailable” come early May.

“A photo of Archie as a distraction” may even be shared with the public, Schofield theorizes.

Charles’s coronation is set to take place on May 6 at Westminster Abbey. Harry is not expected to have a role in the ceremony or attend other parts of the celebration including the balcony photo.

Emily Weaver
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