Royal Expert explains Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s next steps – Exclusive

Buckingham Palace announced the death of England’s longest reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, on September 8. Earlier that day, the royal family tweeted a separate statement, which said: “The Queen’s doctors were concerned for Her Majesty’s health.” This prompted a mass exodus of senior working royals who traveled to Balmoral in Scotland, where the Queen spent her last hours. Notably absent from the gathering was the Duchess of Windsor, Kate Middleton, who stayed with her children on their first day of school, according to People. However, before the monarch’s death, she and Kate had spent a lot of time together and maintained a “close” relationship.

Like Kate, Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, was not at Balmoral with the Queen – albeit for different reasons. The BBC’s royal correspondent suggested Meghan stayed away, possibly fearing the royal family would not take kindly to her presence, according to the Daily Mail. Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, rushed to Scotland with his plane still in the air when news of the Queen’s death broke. Per E! News, Harry and his wife will remain across the pond for “scheduled events for the next 10 days of mourning” and when the new king, Charles III, assumes his duties.

Despite the sad circumstances, the couple’s presence in England is sparking speculation about their current relationship status with the working royals. Instead of the Queen’s death, what are Harry and Meghan’s next steps?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will attend the Queen’s funeral

Many royalists are wondering what the future holds now, like Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex. According to royal expert Kinsey Schofield, founder of, the Sussexes must first do damage control in order to move forward. “My guess is that Spotify or Archewell Audio had a strategy meeting today to throw a magnifying glass through the remaining podcast episodes to make sure there’s nothing critical about the BRF,” Schofield told Nicki Swift exclusively, adding that each Negativity could be a “PR nightmare” for Harry and Meghan.

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As for the immediate next steps, it’s likely that Meghan will attend the Queen’s funeral. “I think it would mean a lot to Prince Charles if she attended the funeral, and he was there to walk her down the aisle at her wedding,” Schofield said. Harry will also be there to pay his respects. Despite the fact that he is no longer a working king, “he is still technically in line of succession and is the grandson of the queen,” according to Schofield.

Harry and Meghan will also want to do everything they can to honor Queen Elizabeth II. Not only was Her Majesty “the main instigator” for unity within the herd, but Harry has often spoken fondly of his grandmother, and she was known to have had a “soft spot” for him, despite his falling out with the family, per the Express. Likewise, in 2021, Meghan told Oprah Winfrey (via People), “The Queen… has always been wonderful to me.”