Meghan Markle is featured in the official Coronation programme, despite not attending the celebrations. King Charles appears to have extended an olive branch to the Sussexes as a family portrait taken to mark his 70th birthday in 2018 is displayed in the 84-page magazine. Prince Harry will be travelling to the UK alone to attend his father’s Coronation while Meghan stays home with the couple’s children, Archie and Lilibet.
The souvenir magazine, which costs £20, went on sale on Monday.
It includes a full-page photograph taken in the gardens of Clarence House showing the family in happier times.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are all smiles alongside the Prince and Princess of Wales, their children, George, Charlotte and Louis and the then Prince Charles and Camilla.
The photo was taken just over a year before Harry and Meghan announced they were stepping down as senior royals in January 2020 before leaving for the US.
Since then, relations between Harry and his father and brother have appeared strained.
The Coronation will be the first time the trio has seen each other since the death of Queen Elizabeth II in September.
In January, Harry released his tell-all memoir in which he made several controversial allegations against the Royal Family.
In the book, he gave details of a physical altercation with William in which he claimed he pushed him into a dog bowl.
The King is reportedly “very dissapointed” he won’t see Meghan and his grandchildren at the Coronation.
A source said: “The King is happy that Harry, his son, who he calls his ‘darling boy’ will be at the Abbey. He wanted him there. It is sad, he is very disappointed that he won’t see Meghan or his grandchildren but understands the situation.”
The King and Meghan were said to be very close, with Charles walking the Duchess down the aisle in the absence of her own father during her wedding to Prince Harry.
In the Sussexes Netflix docuseries, Meghan opened up about asking Charles to step into the role.
She said: “Harry’s dad is very charming and I said to him, I’ve lost my dad in this. So him as my father-in-law is very important to me. So I asked him to walk me down the aisle and he said ‘yes.'”
Most recently, royal expert Katie Nicholl revealed King Charle’s nickname for Meghan in her book ‘The New Royals’
She said Charles nicknamed Meghan ‘Tungsten’, a name that reflected her toughness and resilience.
Meghan is reportedly staying home for several reasons, but the main one being to celebrate Archie’s fourth birthday, which falls on May 6, the same day as the Coronation.
Despite Prince Harry‘s attendance being confirmed, it is unclear the role he will play in the proceedings.
Announcing Harry’s attendance, Buckingham Palace said: “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.”