Meghan Markle’s standing in the Royal Family has hit “rock bottom” as she now finds herself in the “wilderness” with Prince Harry’s family following her decision not to attend the Coronation, it has been claimed. Last week, Harry ended weeks of fierce speculation when he confirmed he would be attending the Coronation of King Charles III at Westminster Abbey in London on May 6. However, a statement from Buckingham Palace also said Meghan would not be making the trip with her husband as she will be remaining at home in California with the couple’s two young children, Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet.
The couple’s relationship with the Royal Family is thought to be extremely strained following a string of claims made against them, first by Harry and Meghan in their Netflix documentary series and then by the prince in his tell-all memoir, Spare.
Nile Gardiner, a Washington based royal commentator and foreign policy expert, told Express.co.uk in an exclusive interview: “Meghan has become increasingly isolated from the Royal Family.
“Her relentless campaign against the royals over the last couple of years has spectacularly backfired.
“Meghan’s standing within the Royal Family and across the Atlantic in the UK has hit rock bottom.
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“She is an intensely unpopular and disliked figure and now finds herself literally in the wilderness as regards to the Royal Family.”
Mr Gardiner believes Meghan’s decision not to attend the Coronation in three weeks boils down to a fear she would be roundly booed by the British public on the day – something that would have been “immensely damaging to her brand”.
He continued: “They both should not have been invited to the Coronation in the first place, but this decision has a great deal to do with the unpopularity of Meghan in the UK.
“More than anything, the fear of being booed by the public while attending the Coronation would have been immensely damaging to her brand.
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“I suspect Meghan’s spin doctors agonised over this decision for many weeks and decided this was too high-risk in terms of negative British reaction. That is the key factor here.
“Harry is also massively unpopular in Britain but he has a duty to attend once invited by his father. It was always far more likely he would attend than both he and Meghan.”
However, one royal expert has leapt to Meghan’s defence, claiming Harry “authored their history” and “front footed the narrative” in the ongoing row with the Royal Family.
Since the Netflix documentary series at the end of last year, Meghan maintained a low profile and took a back seat as Harry released his tell-all memoir Spare, which stirred up further resentment.
The book contained a number of bombshell claims against the Royal Family, with the likes of King Charles III, Prince William, Princess Kate and Camilla Queen Consort in the firing line.
But Tessa Dunlop has leapt to Meghan’s defence, noting the “narrative” created by the Netflix docuseries and the prince’s memoir was not entirely down to the Duchess of Sussex.
The author of Elizabeth & Philip: A Story of Young Love, Marriage and Monarchy told US Weekly: “Harry’s authored their history.
“Meghan’s very much taken a backseat over the last few months. And Harry’s front footed the narrative.”
She also alleged that Harry’s rollercoaster relationship with his father King Charles and brother Prince William may have made it more likely for her not to attend the Coronation.
Ms Dunlop added: “Meghan’s understandably, like, ‘Harry, go on with this. It’s your family, it’s your stuff.’
“And there’ll also be a bit of her that thinks, ‘Why the hell should I give that coronation my star quality?'”
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