Meghan Markle recently solidified her spot in King Charles’ coronation festivities. However, her absence from the big day was confirmed.
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In the official coronation souvenir program, Markle is front and center with the greater royal family. The 84-page magazine, which went on sale Monday, showcases Markle in a family portrait taken in 2018.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were spotted in mid-laugh, in a photograph captured for Charles’ 70th birthday.
Photographer Chris Jackson confirmed the photo had been used on his social media, revealing he “had such fun taking it,” while also noting it was “nice to see” the photo included.
The photo also shows the Prince and Princess of Wales, William and Catherine, as well as their three children: Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and a then-baby Prince Louis.
King Charles holds on to a gleeful Prince George, second-in-line to the throne, after his father William, while Queen Camilla snuggles up to Princess Charlotte, pointing off in the distance. In the photo, brothers William and Harry beam next to one another, in what appears to be happier times since their now infamous rift.
The program also includes a detailed history of Their Majesties’ lives, while offering a sneak-peak into coronation day. A request for comment on Meghan’s inclusion was not immediately returned by Buckingham Palace.
Harry and Meghan stepped down from their senior royal roles in January 2020, giving up certain privileges when they removed themselves from the forefront of the monarchy. Choosing to settle in California and significantly distancing themselves from the family, Harry and Meghan’s relationship with King Charles and the royals has remained tumultuous, amplified this winter by the release of their Netflix show “Harry & Meghan,” as well as Harry’s tell-all memoir “Spare.”