Protesters show support for Meghan Markle amid King Charles’ coronation

Meghan Markle may not have attended King Charles’ coronation in London this weekend, but she still received love from her fans on this historic day.

On Saturday, a number of people gathered in Trafalgar Square in support of the Duchess of Sussex, who did not travel to the UK for the King’s ceremony.

Photos and videos of the crowd showed signs with Meghan’s face alongside messages such as “Princess of the people”.

Others in Trafalgar held up placards that read “Not my King” as they protested against the monarchy and the coronation, which was taking place at nearby Westminster Abbey.

A person carrying a sign calling Meghan the “princess of our hearts”. said a student reporter from the University of Northampton that she was there to support the Duchess.

“I’m here to give Meghan a piece and a seat at the coronation,” said the protester, identified only as Elena. “I think she deserves to be here in a way.”

The protester went on to criticize “the money spent on the coronation” amid the “Cost of Living Crisis.”

“To be honest, I’m really, really angry right now,” she said.

A poster of Meghan Markle with the words "princess of our hearts," is displayed as people protest the coronation of King Charles in London on Friday May 6th.
A poster of Meghan Markle with the words “Princess of our hearts” will be released on Friday, April 6th.

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A picture of Meghan Markle can be seen on a poster with the words "the people's princess" in Trafalgar Square, London.
A picture of Meghan Markle is emblazoned on a poster that reads “Princess of the People” in Trafalgar Square, London.

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Last month Buckingham Palace and a spokesman for Archewell, the organization set up by the Duchess of Sussex and her husband Prince Harry, released statements announcing Meghan’s decision not to attend the coronation. The big day fell on the 4th birthday of Prince Archie, son of Harry and Meghan.

“The Duchess of Sussex will remain in California with Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet,” the palace said at the time.

Harry, meanwhile, attended the royal event, although he played no formal role in the ceremony. He left Los Angeles for the UK on Friday and returned home shortly after the coronation concluded.

Earlier in the year, many had speculated whether Harry and Meghan would attend. The couple had announced their decision to step down as senior working members of the royal family in 2020. You have also commented on this the racist reporting that Meghan from the British press and about “unconscious bias” within the royal family. The Duchess of Sussex told Oprah Winfrey in 2021 that she had suicidal thoughts during her time as working queen.

On Saturday, a number of Twitter users joined in showing their support for Meghan and acknowledging her tumultuous experience as a working royal.

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