Royal expert says: Why might Meghan Markle not attend Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral?

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Meghan Markle may not be there Queen Elizabeth II’s funeralAccording to a royal expert who spoke to Fox News Digital.

Shannon Felton Spence, a former British public affairs official, explained that Markle and Prince Harry were already traveling in Europe when the King died on Thursday, but she may decide to return home to California before the funeral to be with their two young children, Archie, 3. and Lilibet, 1.

“Harry will likely remain in the UK until the funeral. I can’t imagine Meghan not attending, but again from a humanitarian perspective, Meghan was expecting to leave the children for six days, not weeks, so [it] It may not be possible for her to stay all the time.”

Meghan Markle may not be present at Queen Elizabeth II's funeral, according to a royal expert who spoke to Fox News Digital.

Meghan Markle may not be present at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, according to a royal expert who spoke to Fox News Digital.
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Prince Harry And Markle, who married in 2018, live in Montecito, California with their children. They moved to the United States in 2020 after stepping down as members of the royal family, a move that led to a rift in the royal family.

Experts say Meghan Markle’s absence in Scotland is likely due to Kate Middleton’s decision to stay behind.

The pair were due to attend the WellChild Awards in London on Thursday night. Prince Harry was due to give a speech at the ceremony for the charitable organization that provides help to seriously ill children and their families.

However, the Duke of Sussex rushed to Balmoral Castle in Scotland to be with the royal family after doctors became concerned about the Queen’s health. He arrived at Aberdeen Airport at 6:46 pm GMT, 16 minutes after the royal family announced her death at 6:30 pm, according to flight tracking data.

Older brother of Prince Harry Prince WilliamPrince Edward, his wife Sophie and Prince Andrew traveled to Scotland together on an RAF plane earlier in the day, arriving at 4pm

Prince Harry is pictured in a car arriving at Balmoral Castle just before 8pm, and is seen in pictures at the airport on Friday morning as he returns to London.

He made the trip alone with Markle staying in London. Kate Middleton, wife of Prince William, did not travel to Balmoral to be with her children, Prince George, 9, Princess Charlotte, 7, and Prince Louis, 4, on their first day of school.

Meghan Markle could decide to return home to California to be with her and Prince Harry's two young children, Archie, 3, and Lillibet, 1.

Meghan Markle could decide to return home to California to be with her and Prince Harry’s two young children, Archie, 3, and Lillibet, 1.
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Along with many others, Spence said she believes the fact that family members have taken separate trips to Balmoral indicates the ongoing tension between Prince Harry, Meghan and other members of the royal family.

“I think it tells us Harry was in a different car, so through the optics – Harry’s arrival and departure alone – he tells you what the relationship and the tone between the families was,” she said. Spence added that he was also telling us that Prince Harry was the first to leave.

In addition, the two brothers live about half a mile from each other in Windsor, while Prince Andrew also lives near it, so it was noticeable that they flew separately.

Royal expert Eloise Parker told Fox New Digital, “The family will be keen to downplay the ‘feud’ story, given its new, more pressing issues, addressing the enormity of the Queen’s death and the intense scrutiny that King Charles faced during his presidency. He settles into his new role.”

“Meghan was expecting to leave the children for six days, not weeks,” a royal expert told Fox News Digital about the possibility of Meghan Markle attending Queen Elizabeth’s funeral.
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She continued, “Both Harry and William are clearly very committed to very different types of lives and priorities at this point in time. There was definitely a sense of alienation, especially given that he and William were historically a tight unit. A decade ago, it was from It is almost certain that they either arrived or left together.”

With the Queen’s death and King Charles III’s ascension to the throne, the royal expert said, “Prince William will now have more royal responsibility as the Prince of Wales and direct heir to the throne.”

Parker added, “He’s always kept a loyal little circle around him and Catherine. It’s hard to see how Harry, who lives more than six thousand miles away and is an entirely different career path, could be such an essential part of that circle, and vice versa.”

During that first letter King Charles assured the nation as king, that Prince William would succeed him upon his death, and gave his eldest son his former title, Prince of Wales.

In his first speech as king, King Charles appeared to have also offered an olive branch to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle amid a split in the royal family.

In his first speech as king, King Charles appeared to have also offered an olive branch to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle amid a split in the royal family.
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In the speech, King Charles also appeared to have offered an olive branch to Prince Harry and Markle amid the split in the royal family.

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King Charles went out of his way to express his ‘love’ to Harry and Meghan as they build their lives abroad. “It was a touching way to acknowledge and accept his son’s new life path while demonstrating his continued support as a father,” Parker said.

She continued, “Charles’ warm comments made it easier for Harry and Meghan to attend the funeral. I expect they will be there, but there is no expectation for their young children to attend.”

Spence said she believed Prince William and Middleton’s children had not yet met Lillibit, but they did meet Archie before the Sussex family moved to the United States.

Parker added, “The undoubted shock and hurt felt by the royal family over Harry and Meghan’s scorched-earth departure has undoubtedly overshadowed this extraordinary period of grief and change.

“They will always be familial, but the distance, geographical and emotional, between the two brothers appears at this point to be the acceptable status quo.”

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