Did the Windsor clan ban Meghan Markle from visiting the Queen at Balmoral?

Meghan Markle in Germany at an event ahead of the Invictus Games 2023. (Düsseldorf, September 6, 2022.) Abaca

According to the BBC royal correspondent, the Duchess of Sussex was not welcome at Balmoral Castle, where Queen Elizabeth II died on Thursday at the age of 96.

Why is Meghan not with Harry at Balmoral? This is the question that the British have been asking since the announcement of the death of Queen Elizabeth II. And for good reason: after the release of the brief press release from Buckingham Palace on the sovereign’s “worrying” state of health this Thursday, September 8, it was announced that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had canceled their participation in the Well Child Awards, a charity event in London, to go to the sovereign’s bedside, at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. In the afternoon, a spokesperson had confirmed the arrival of the couple. Information in particular taken over by AFP.

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Against all expectations, at 5:14 p.m. (Paris time), an alert from the Press Association announced that the Duke of Sussex would finally arrive alone at Balmoral. Less than thirty minutes later, at 5:39 p.m., the English organization mentioned a last-minute “change of plan” and confirmed the absence of Meghan Markle, who remained in London. Then to add that she would join Harry in Scotland at a later date. At 5:44 p.m., journalist Omid Scobie, close to the Sussexes, published on Twitter: “A source has given an update that Prince Harry is going to Balmoral alone. Like the Duchess of Cambridge (who is in Windsor with her three children), the Duchess of Sussex is staying in England (but will not be attending tonight’s Well Child Awards).

Indeed, on learning of the declining state of health of his grandmother, Prince William jumped on a plane from Windsor without Kate Middleton, forced to stay with their three children, who had just come back to school at Lambrook School.

The imbroglio around the presence or not of Meghan Markle at Balmoral, however, did not fail to challenge the press across the Channel. For the BBC’s royal correspondent, Nicholas Witchell, this absence is mainly linked to the tensions that remain between the 41-year-old American and the Windsor clan. “To be frank, she might not be very warmly received,” the on-air reporter said, as noted by the DailyMail .

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Harry and Meghan, who now reside in Los Angeles, were in the UK for “various engagements” in recent days. This is what allowed the urgent arrival of the youngest of King Charles III at Balmoral Castle.

The Sussexes’ last meeting with Queen Elizabeth II was in June, during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. They then took the opportunity to present their daughter Lilibet, born in the United States.


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