Welsh composer Sir Karl Jenkins denies he was Duchess of Sussex in disguise at King's coronation

Welsh composer Sir Karl Jenkins has denied claims he was the Duchess of Sussex in disguise during his viral appearance at the King's coronation.

The 79-year-old musician, who was sat next to Andrew Lloyd Webber in Westminster Abbey for the ceremony, sparked speculation that he was Meghan undercover in a large white wig and glasses.

After seemingly having had enough of the rumours, Sir Karl clarified that he was not in fact the duchess in a TikTok video, with a caption that read: "Sir Karl Jenkins sets the record straight on his attendance at the coronation."

He started the clip by introducing himself before sharing a picture of himself at the coronation wearing a black jacket with a medal around his neck, accessorising with tinted sunglasses.

Sir Karl also acknowledged he was aware he went viral for attending the regal event.

"I understand there has been a lot of interest in me since I appeared at the coronation of King Charles III," he said. "I was there because I'd written some music for the service."

He also joked about the false rumours that he was the Duchess of Sussex in disguise.

Meghan missed the coronation to stay at home in Los Angeles with her children, Archie, who turned four on the day, and Lilibet, one, while her husband Prince Harry flew over to attend the event in London.

"I was quite surprised that some people thought I was Meghan Markle in disguise," Sir Karl said. "Someone wrote I was there, whoever I was, to steal the crown jewels. I look this way all the time."

He then flashed the camera a knighthood medal he received in 2015, which he also wore at the coronation.

Lord Lloyd Webber also confirmed his friend's admission, tweeting: "I can confirm it probably wasn't MM and had no jewels on his person as far as I could see - ALW."

Referring to his famous facial hair, Sir Karl told his followers: "Oh, and my moustache has been referred to in The Times as well. But I've had this moustache since 18-years-old. It was very trendy then."

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He continued: "So that's me. Nothing sinister about it or surprising at all!"

Sir Karl's music formed part of the King's coronation ceremony in a symbol of the new monarch's love and appreciation for Welsh culture and music.

Despite Sir Karl's thoughtful explanation, his followers continued to poke fun at him, with one person commenting: "This is just what Meghan Markle in disguise would say".

Another said: "We won't tell on you Meg".