Author Deepak Chopra said the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are “struggling right now” amid their split from the British royal family.
The Indian-American mindfulness expert, who appeared on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s 2020 Holiday Special Podcast, recently gave insight into the current mindset of the Sussexes as Harry preparing to attend the coronation of King Charles III next month.
By talking to The daily mail During a red carpet event in London, Chopra said of her work with the royal couple: “I enjoyed the podcast and interacted with them. It’s been periodic – they’re struggling right now.
“I hope they come out of this with a light heart,” he said. “I think there’s too much drama around them. People should mind their own business.
On April 12, Buckingham Palace confirmed that Prince Harry would attend the coronation of King Charles and Queen Camilla at Westminster Abbey in London on May 6. However, his wife Meghan will remain at home in California with their two children, Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet.
The best-selling author also shared some words of wisdom for Harry ahead of his first encounter with the Royal Family since the publication of his eye-opening memoir, Spare.
“My advice is to ignore it because if you react you will only make the situation worse,” Chopra said. “If you ignore it, people can’t say anything, so they stop.”
In December 2020, Chopra appeared on the Duke and Duchess’ first podcast episode as part of their production company Archewell Audio’s exclusive deal with Spotify. The holiday special – which featured Sir Elton John, Professor Brené Brown and actor James Corden – brought together many high profile contributors to mark the end of a difficult year.
To celebrate Meghan’s 40th birthday in 2021, Chopra also took part in her 40×40 Compassion In Action initiative, which aimed to help women get back to work after the pandemic.
“To celebrate the 40th birthday of my friend Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, I’m offering 40 minutes of mentorship to a woman re-entering the workforce,” he said at the time.
Prince Harry’s confirmation at the King’s coronation comes after months of speculation over his attendance at the ceremony.
“Buckingham Palace is pleased to confirm that the Duke of Sussex will attend the coronation service at Westminster Abbey on May 6,” the palace said in a statement on Wednesday. “The Duchess of Sussex will stay in California with Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet.”
His presence marks his first meeting with his father and brother, the Prince of Wales, after he made several explosive claims about the royal family in Spare, which was released in bookstores last January. The couple also aired their grievances with the Royal Family in the six-part Netflix docuseries, Harry and Meghan.
It has been reported that Harry sought an ‘apology’ from Charles and Prince William before engaging in the ceremony. Prior to the publication of his memoir, Harry said in an interview that “the door is always open” for reconciliation.
Following the announcement, a source said The sun that the king is ‘pleased’ that Prince Harry is traveling to the UK to attend the coronation but is ‘very disappointed’ that his daughter-in-law and two grandchildren are not attending. “The King is happy that Harry, his son, whom he calls his ‘darling boy’, is at the Abbey. He wanted him there,” they said. “It’s sad, he’s very disappointed not to see Meghan or her grandchildren but understands the situation.”
However, royal author Omid Scobie said Prince Archie’s fourth birthday was a “factor in the couple’s decision” to have Meghan stay in California. “I understand Archie’s fourth birthday (also May 6th) played a role in the couple’s decision,” he tweeted. “Expect a fairly quick trip to the UK for Prince Harry, who will only attend the coronation ceremony at Westminster Abbey.”
King Charles III will be crowned in a ‘lite’ coronation ceremony at Westminster Abbey next month. Some 2,000 guests are expected to attend, a stark contrast to the 8,000 guests present at the coronation of the late Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. The new monarch will appear on Buckingham Palace’s famous balcony to wave to the crowds on her coronation day , but it’s been reported that only working royals will appear alongside him. This means Prince Harry, who stepped down from his role as senior royal in 2020, will not be present on the balcony.
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