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Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex | Source: Getty Images
Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex | Source: Getty Images

Mom-Of-2 Meghan Markle ‘Looks Pregnant’ Again Though Some Think It’s Just a ‘Bag under Her Shirt'

Ayesha Muhammad
May 11, 2023
01:00 P.M.
  • Meghan Markle decided to skip King Charles III's coronation and went hiking with her friends.
  • During the outing, "awfully tiny" Meghan sparked talks about her belly.
  • Meanwhile, Prince Harry left his Royal relatives right after the coronation and hurried back to his beloved wife and kids for a special celebration.
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On May 6, 2023, at King Charles III's coronation ceremony at Westminster Abbey in London, Prince Harry was around to witness the monumental event.

In the meantime, his wife, Meghan Markle, decided to stay behind with their children in Los Angeles and was spotted hiking with friends.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and his wife, Duchess Meghan Markle at the Ripple of Hope Awards Gala in New York on December 6, 2022 | Source: Getty Images

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and his wife, Duchess Meghan Markle at the Ripple of Hope Awards Gala in New York on December 6, 2022 | Source: Getty Images

The Duchess of Sussex was said to have hit the hiking trail with two longtime friends over the weekend, appearing snug and happy.

When photos from Meghan's rare hiking spree made rounds online, many netizens were quick to share their reactions.

Photos of Meghan during her weekend activity caused much stir among netizens, sparking a slew of mixed opinions. Some thought she looked "awfully tiny," while others seemed sure she was expecting another baby. Her belly and ankle weights piqued people's interest, leading to more speculation.

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, at the coronation ceremony of King Charles III and Queen Camilla in Westminster Abbey, on May 6, 2023 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, at the coronation ceremony of King Charles III and Queen Camilla in Westminster Abbey, on May 6, 2023 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle,  Duchess of Sussex, during the tennis match between Serena Williams and Kaja Juvan on the fourth day of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, Southwest London, on July 4, 2019 | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, during the tennis match between Serena Williams and Kaja Juvan on the fourth day of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, Southwest London, on July 4, 2019 | Source: Getty Images

"Awfully Tiny" Meghan Sparked Talks about Her Belly

While her husband witnessed his dad become king, Meghan was pictured hiking in California. On Sunday morning, she stepped out of her and Prince Harry's L.A. residence to enjoy a 40-minute hike. She appeared to be in good spirits spending time with her longtime buddies, Heather Dorak and Markus Anderson.

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Meghan, 41, kept things strictly casual for her outdoor activity and looked comfy in a baggy, navy blue sleeveless shirt and activewear pants. She completed her look with brown hiking shoes and a forest green jacket which she wrapped around her waist.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex watches the Land Rover Driving Challenge, on day 1 of the Invictus Games 2020 at Zuiderpark on April 16, 2022 in The Hague, Netherlands. | Source: Getty Images

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex watches the Land Rover Driving Challenge, on day 1 of the Invictus Games 2020 at Zuiderpark on April 16, 2022 in The Hague, Netherlands. | Source: Getty Images

The former actress completed her look wearing sunglasses with a large frame, a wide-brimmed beige Panama hat, and a pink neckerchief.

Meghan's nature escape triggered the online community, with many wondering why she was absent from the coronation, particularly amid her and Prince Harry's reportedly fragile ties with the royals.

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According to sources, King Charles' coronation festivities fell on the same day as Archie's fourth birthday—an occasion Megan reportedly didn't want to miss for anything.

Before the historic event unfolded in Westminster Abbey, royal author Omid Scobie dished on the scoop that Meghan was likely expected to skip her trip to the U.K. to safeguard her peace of mind. He further stated:

"[Meghan] is aware just how much of the spotlight goes on her when she sets even a foot near the story."

The royal journalist shared how the Duchess' mere presence and her being beside Prince Harry would have triggered endless comments and shifted the day's narrative entirely, leading to a slew of varied opinions.

But while Meghan reportedly tried to deflect attention away from her, photos from her hiking spree still made rounds online, with many netizens quick to share their reactions. One user wrote, "It appears she's wearing weights around her ankles and waist to increase the workout she's getting from her hike. Wow! You go girl!"

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Meghan Markle watches Serena Williams at the 2019 US Open Women's final on September 7, 2019 in New York City | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle watches Serena Williams at the 2019 US Open Women's final on September 7, 2019 in New York City | Source: Getty Images

A second user thought the Duchess "looked pregnant," prompting a third user to disagree, writing, "Looks like a bag under her shirt." Yet another netizen thought the mom-of-two looked "awfully tiny."

Many keen-eyed social media users noticed that the "Suits" alum, who was also previously slammed for her her "bird legs," was wearing something around her waist, reportedly concealed underneath her top but bulging out occasionally.

Several theories were said to have emerged as to what the Duchess of Sussex had wrapped around her belly, from a tummy tuck binder to bandages post-surgery. Some reportedly speculated if she was reeling from some ailment. A Twitter user posted:

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"Is Meghan wearing a hernia belt? Or is it a fanny pack under her shirt?"

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends the 2022 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Gala at New York Hilton on December 06, 2022 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends the 2022 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Gala at New York Hilton on December 06, 2022 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

While fans speculated about Meghan's mysterious belly paraphernalia during her hike, her husband quietly slipped out of London to return to his family.

Prince Harry Immediately Left the Celebration

The Duke of Sussex left for the U.K. on Friday, May 5, and returned to Los Angeles in the evening on Saturday, May 6, via a British Airways flight. He was spotted leaving alone in a car briefly after the coronation festivities concluded.

Almost an hour and a half later, the newly crowned King and Queen appeared on Buckingham Palace's balcony to greet the public. They were also joined by the Prince and Princess of Wales and their three kids, alongside other members of the Royal family.

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Sources reported that the Duchess' absence from her father-in-law's coronation came as a result of the unresolved family dispute.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, attends the Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla at Westminster Abbey on May 06, 2023 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, attends the Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla at Westminster Abbey on May 06, 2023 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Sources reported that Prince Harry was eager to leave early so he could return home in time for his son Archie's fourth birthday. He wore a suit adorned with medals for the historic occasion and sat in the third row with his cousin, Princess Eugenie, her husband, Jack Brooksbank, and uncle, Prince Andrew.

The Prince and Princess of Wales sat in the first row with their kids and the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh. For his beloved grandmother's funeral last year, Prince Harry was seated in the third row behind his father, King Charles.

Harry and Meghan's relations with the royals have been fractured since they stepped down from their royal duties. This was further aggravated with the release of Harry's memoir, "Spare." The 38-year-old father-of-two talked about his arguments and fall-out with his family members in the book and claimed to feel different from them.

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Prince Harry departs Westminster Abbey after the Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla on May 06, 2023 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Prince Harry departs Westminster Abbey after the Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla on May 06, 2023 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Sources reported that Meghan's absence from her father-in-law's coronation came as a result of the unresolved family dispute. It is believed that when Harry tried to take legal measures against the papers over alleged phone hacking last month, his father reportedly stepped in to stop him.

Per a statement issued by one of the witnesses, the King's younger son was reportedly asked to step back and drop the case due to its possible impact on the royal family.

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