Meghan Markle’s absence from the historic Coronation of King Charles III may have raised eyebrows, but according to royal expert Bronte Coy, it seems to have worked out in her favor. In a comment piece for News.com.au, Coy suggests that Markle’s decision to skip the grand royal event was part of a bigger strategic plan.
Initially, many experts speculated that Markle’s absence from the Coronation could result in a decrease in her popularity. However, Coy argues that “Meghan’s strategy suddenly became abundantly clear” as events unfolded in the past week.
Coy highlights that Markle’s “first move” occurred just days before Prince Harry’s visit to the UK when the couple made a high-profile debut appearance at an LA Lakers game. This public outing served as a springboard for what was to come.
The next part of Markle’s plan unfolded after the crowning ceremony when she was spotted hiking in California, dressed down in chic activewear. According to Coy, this move presented a stark contrast to the formalities of the royal event and allowed Markle to showcase her relaxed and outdoorsy side.
Subsequently, Markle’s date night with Harry made headlines, with the couple being joined by two “extremely famous friends”: Gwyneth Paltrow and Cameron Diaz. This high-profile gathering further kept the spotlight on Markle and her activities.
Finally, on May 16th, Markle made a glittering appearance at the 2023 Women of Vision Awards in New York, where she accepted an award. Coy notes that Markle’s style choices couldn’t have been more different from her previous royal persona, emphasizing her ability to rebrand herself outside of the monarchy.
Coy concludes that Markle’s strategy is a masterclass in capitalizing on royal connections without having to face the scrutiny of her estranged in-laws. Brand expert Nick Ede echoes this sentiment, stating that Markle has cleverly diverted attention away from the royal family and coronation scrutiny, instead focusing all eyes on her and her next moves.
As the Duchess of Sussex continues to navigate her post-royal life, her strategic decisions and ability to leverage her connections will undoubtedly shape her public image and keep the world intrigued by her future endeavors.