The alleged reason why Meghan Markle didn’t see the Queen before her death

Amid Buckingham Palace’s announcement that Queen Elizabeth was being placed “under medical supervision” before her death on September 8, several members of the royal family traveled to Scotland’s Balmoral Castle to be with her, according to BBC News. All members of her royal family except for one or two who stayed behind, including Meghan Markle, according to Page Six. Why didn’t the Duchess of Sussex accompany her husband Prince Harry to his grandmother’s deathbed?

Despite reports of ongoing tensions between the Sussexes — Meghan and Harry — and the Cambridges — William and Kate — all reports point to Meghan and the Queen always having a good relationship, even after that bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey (via People). Meghan spoke warmly about her mother-in-law in the interview, saying: “The Queen, for example, has always been wonderful to me.” Far from harboring a grudge against her grandson and his American wife, Queen Elizabeth is said to have been “over the moon” upon learning of the birth of her namesake, Meghan and Harry’s daughter, Lilibet. That revelation came amid other reports that the Sussexes had not sought the Queen’s consent before naming their daughter, according to BBC News. Piers Morgan, a frequent Meghan critic, slammed the Sussexes for naming their child after the Queen. “It’s quite ironic, isn’t it,” he told Today Australia. “They have this couple who have been destroying the royal family and the monarchy for the past few weeks and they have named the baby after the Queen, who of course is the head of the royal family and the monarchy.”

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But if everything was indeed fine between the Queen and the Sussexes, then why did Meghan choose to stay behind?

Why did Meghan Markle stay behind?

Even before Queen Elizabeth’s death, Meghan Markle was closer to the royal family than she had been for a long time. After leaving the UK and moving to California, Meghan most recently traveled to Germany with Prince Harry. According to USA Today, the trip was to promote Prince Harry’s upcoming Invictus Games, which Germany is set to host in 2023. Before the Queen’s death, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had settled into their former home, Frogmore Cottage. When news of the Queen’s health issues broke, Markle’s reps said she would indeed be traveling to Scotland with Prince Harry. However, amid the news, something seemed to be changing.

Royal expert Katie Nicholl told Entertainment Tonight that Markle simply wasn’t asked to be at Balmoral with the rest of the royal family. “Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has not, as far as we know, been invited to join the family. She said she’s going to Balmoral another time,” Nicholl explained. “But I think it’s quite telling that Prince Harry traveled to Balmoral alone, without his wife.” Meanwhile, royal commentator Kinsey Schofield told Fox News that Markle’s absence could be related to the fact that Kate Middleton wasn’t there either . “That’s probably because the Duchess of Cambridge stayed behind,” she said.

While Markle hasn’t confirmed the alleged reason she didn’t see the Queen before her death, the New York Post reported that Prince Harry unfortunately didn’t make it to Scotland in time to say a final goodbye to his grandmother.

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Meghan Markle’s relationship with the Queen over the years

Given the drama surrounding Meghan Markle’s relationship with the royal family – which she’s spoken out about in recent years over her treatment of herself and her then-unborn child Archie – her path to following Prince Harry to Balmoral has sparked much speculation. However, the former ‘Suits’ actor has always praised the Queen highly, even when she spoke out against other senior royals like Kate Middleton, according to Harper’s Bazaar.

Over the years, Markle forged a close bond with the Queen. Even during her explosive 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey (via People), she sang Queen Elizabeth’s praises. The Duchess first shared that she and the Queen enjoyed a good breakfast during their first “joint engagement”. Meghan opened up about her meal with the monarch, who gave her “a beautiful gift”. Markle added, “I just loved being in her company.” She also shared that the Queen gave her some “beautiful pearl earrings and a matching necklace” and also shared her blanket with her. “It made me think of my grandmother, where she was always warm and welcoming and really welcoming,” Markle said.

As for the Queen, she has always publicly supported Markle’s relationship with grandson Prince Harry, even supporting her after the Oprah interview. “The whole family is saddened by how challenging the past few years have been for Harry and Meghan,” the Queen said in a statement, per CNBC. “The issues raised, particularly those of race, are worrying. Although some memories may vary, they are taken very seriously and addressed privately by the family.”

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