eritaten, the wife of Smenkhkare, was the daughter of Akhenaten and Queen Nefertiti. Following the disappearance of Nefertiti in Year 15 of Akhenaten's rule Meritaten is portrayed as consort of the king despite still being married to Smenkhkare.
Smenkhkare and Akhenaten ruled as co-regents for two years and when Akhenaten died Smenkhkare became the king. Together with his wife he returned to Thebes to try to placate the army and the priests of Amun after Akhenaten's reign and the worship of Aten. After just one year Smenkhkare was dead, or deposed, and Meritaten had disappeared.