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09th Sep 2022

Why Meghan Markle isn’t with Prince Harry at Balmoral

Tobi Akingbade

Kate Middleton also stayed behind.

The Queen passed away peacefully on Thursday, with King Charles III, Prince William, and Prince Harry among the family traveling to be with her in Balmoral, Scotland.

Harry’s wife Meghan Markle did not join him, staying behind in London even after the Palace’s announcement of the Queen’s death.

A statement for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said that the couple was traveling to Scotland on Thursday, but later royal reporter, and the unofficial spokesperson for the couple,  Omid Scobie, shared on Twitter that Meghan has stayed behind in London with their two children Archie and Lilibet.

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The pair, who travelled to the UK for a series of events, both cancelled their appearance
at WellChild Awards last tonight in light of the Queen’s declining health and death.

With Meghan not at the event, and Harry travelling to Scotland by himself, many wondered why Meghan was not making her way up north as well.

It has to be noted that Kate Middleton also did not travel to Balmoral, staying behind in Windsor to take care of her and William’s three children.

Kate was photographed leaving by car to pick Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis from their first day at Lambrook School on Thursday afternoon.

Meghan’s reasons for staying were not announced, although she also has two children to take care of too. Royal correspondents, however, used the opportunity to bring up the fact that Meghan’s appearance would’ve been a very rare reunion between her, Prince Harry, Prince William, and King Charles.

While, Meghan and Harry, who named their daughter Lilibet after her,  are both very close to the Queen, things have not been that cosy with the rest of the family, especially following the infamous revelations in their March 2021 Oprah interview of what they went through as senior working family members.

Then in late August, Meghan she said she is still working to forgive the royals for all that happened during her time working for the royal institution with Harry. “I think forgiveness is really important. It takes a lot more energy to not forgive,” she said. “But it takes a lot of effort to forgive. I’ve really made an active effort, especially knowing that I can say anything.”

She then went quiet, ultimately saying, “I have a lot to say until I don’t. Do you like that? Sometimes, as they say, the silent part is still part of the song.”

Britain’s longest-serving monarch died peacefully at Balmoral, with all her children by her side.

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A statement sent out at 18.30 on Thursday that confirmed that the King and The Queen Consort will remain in Scotland this evening and will return to London today.

Announcing Her Majesty’s passing, a post from the Royal Family’s official Twitter account said: “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.

“The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”

King Charles III sent out his own personal tribute shortly after.

Operation London Bridge is now underway, beginning a 10-day mourning period leading up to the Queen’s funeral and Charles ascension to the throne.

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