Meghan Markle hasn’t accompanied Prince Harry to Balmoral since the news of Queen Elizabeth II’s death – and there could be good reason for that.
The 96-year-old British monarch died “peacefully” at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on Thursday evening local time, Buckingham Palace said in a statement.
Senior members of the royal family hurried to Aberdeenshire before her death, where they were to stay overnight, and Harry’s 37-year-old grandson, pictured arriving separately, reportedly did not see his grandmother before she passed away.
He was photographed in the back seat of a car alone, while wife Meghan, 41, remained in London. This came despite a spokesperson for the Sussexes earlier saying they would travel to Scotland together following news of the Queen’s deteriorating health.
BBC Royal Correspondent Nicholas Witchell gave the reason for the seemingly last-minute change of plans, saying live: “She [Meghan] may not be a very warm welcome, to be quite frank about it.”
Members of the Royal Family Rush to the Queen’s Side
Earlier Thursday local time, Buckingham Palace released a rare statement about the deteriorating health of the Queen.
“Following further examination this morning, the Queen’s doctors are concerned about Her Majesty’s health and have advised her to remain under medical supervision,” the palace said in a statement.
“The Queen still feels comfortable in Balmoral as well.”
All four of the Queen’s children – Prince Charles, 73, Princess Anne, 72, Prince Andrew, 62, and Prince Edward, 58 – arrived at Balmoral shortly before her death was announced. (Charles and Anne were already in Scotland at the time.)
Her grandson Prince William, 40, who will become the new heir to the throne, also hurried to his grandmother and was pictured driving a car with Andrew, Edward and his wife Sophie.
A Range Rover carrying members of the royal family was spotted driving into Balmoral Castle around 5:00 pm local time. The Queen’s death was announced at 6:30 pm.
During the initial statement, a spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stated that the duo were also heading to Scotland. But after a few hours, Megan was no longer said to be joining.
According to daily mailHarry arrived nearly an hour and a half after Buckingham Palace announced the Queen’s death.
He was scheduled to be a special guest at the WellChild Awards tonight in London alongside Meghan on their short tour of Europe this week, however the couple will no longer be in attendance.
Meanwhile, William’s wife, Kate Middleton, 40, also didn’t make the trip to Balmoral, but instead stayed at her new home in Windsor with the couple’s three children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, who had just attended the first day in their new school. .
Kate was photographed leaving by car to pick up the kids from Lambrook School in Windsor.
The Duchess of Cambridge and the Queen spent some time together a few weeks ago when the family stayed at Balmoral Castle in keeping with royal summer tradition.
The Palace announced in a statement at 6:30 pm Thursday (UK time): “The Queen passed away peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.
“The King and Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral tonight and return to London tomorrow.”
The Sussexes have since updated their Archewell website to reflect the news, paying tribute to Her Majesty with a banner reading: “In memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”
There is now a 10-day mourning period: the Queen’s body will be flown to London on Saturday, with a state funeral to take place in the coming days.