Now We Know Why Meghan Markle Didn’t Attend King Charles’ Coronation Last May

In his new book, ‘Endgame,’ Omid Scobie explains that Meghan has no intention of returning to England anytime soon—or possibly ever.

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At one point, Meghan Markle thought that the U.K. would be her home forever and had every intention of that being so. It was six years ago today that Meghan and Prince Harry announced their engagement in the Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace, and a lifetime has passed since then, including a future Meghan planned to spend serving the Crown turning into Harry and Meghan (and now, their two children, Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet) living an ocean away from Harry’s home country.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announcing their engagement

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According to Omid Scobie in his new book Endgame: Inside the Royal Family and the Monarchy’s Fight for Survival—which is out tomorrow, at long last—Meghan “never felt at home” in the U.K., and the likelihood of her returning to the country for any length of time is nil, as she “never wants to set foot again in England.” (Well, there goes any Christmas plans.) Scobie also said that Meghan didn’t travel to father-in-law King Charles’ Coronation in May because she refused to “dive back into the soap opera.”

Prince William, Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle, and Prince Harry at Christmas 2017

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Prince William, Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle, Prince Harry

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Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle during the mourning period for Queen Elizabeth in September 2022

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That said, per The Mirror, Harry and Meghan still long for a relationship with Charles, and keep him “up to date with their family life by sending him photos of the children.” The family of four is said to have spoken to Charles to wish him a happy 75th birthday earlier this month.

Prince Charles Meghan Markle

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Rachel Burchfield
Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor

Rachel Burchfield is a writer, editor, and podcaster whose primary interests are fashion and beauty, society and culture, and, most especially, the British Royal Family and other royal families around the world. She serves as Marie Claire’s Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor and has also contributed to publications like Allure, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, People, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and W, among others. Before taking on her current role with Marie Claire, Rachel served as its Weekend Editor and later Royals Editor. She is the cohost of Podcast Royal, a show that was named a top five royal podcast by The New York Times. A voracious reader and lover of books, Rachel also hosts I’d Rather Be Reading, which spotlights the best current nonfiction books hitting the market and interviews the authors of them. Rachel frequently appears as a media commentator, and she or her work has appeared on outlets like NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, CNN, and more.