King’s coronation: Is Meghan Markle ‘shifting the narrative’ to victim mode?

Meghan has denied a disagreement over her Oprah interview was the reason she is not attending the coronation

Meghan Markle’s decision not to attend the King’s coronation could be an attempt to attract sympathy, according to royal commentator Kinsey Schofield.

Speaking to TalkTV’s Cristo, Ms Schofield wondered whether the Duchess was portraying herself as a victim after being implicated in Harry’s decision to leave the royal family.

She said: “Is this her trying to change the narrative and re-shift it back to victim mode so people sympathise with her, and as they watch the coronation they feel sorry for her?”

It comes after Meghan denied reports she would not attend the coronation because she was upset at the King’s reaction to the royal couple’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.

During the interview, the pair suggested a senior royal speculated about how dark the skin colour of their son Archie could be 

The King is said to have written to Meghan after the interview, expressing sadness over the split in the family. 

Reports subsequently suggested she would miss the coronation because the letter failed to address claims of “unconscious bias” in the royal family.

But in a statement released through journalist Omid Scobie, the couple said: "The Duchess of Sussex is going about her life in the present, not thinking about correspondence from two years ago related to conversations from four years ago.

"Any suggestion otherwise is false and frankly ridiculous. We encourage tabloid media and various other royal correspondents to stop exhausting the circus that they alone are creating."

Kinsey said: “Meghan wrote to Charles after the interview to explain her experience made her suicidal. She specifically told him the person and the circumstances behind the skin colour comment, and she was unhappy with Charles’ response.

“She released a statement last night denying this was the reason she would not be at the coronation, insisting she doesn’t live in the past.

“But six hours of Netflix, 400 pages of Spare says otherwise, and we saw throughout the Netflix series how uncomfortable and resentful they were that they weren’t considered as important as William and Katherine.