Why Meghan Markle might not attend Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral: It ‘may not be possible,’ royal expert says

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

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

“Harry will probably stay in the UK until the funeral. I can’t imagine Meghan won’t be attending, but again from a human perspective Meghan was expecting to leave the children for six days, not weeks, so [it] it may not be possible for him to stay all the time,” Spence said.

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, Calif., with their children. They moved to the United States in 2020 after stepping down as senior royals, a move that led to a split in the royal family.

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The couple were due to attend the WellChild Awards in London on Thursday evening. Prince Harry was due to deliver a speech at the event for the charity, which helps 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 raised concerns for the Queen’s health. He arrived at Aberdeen Airport at 6.46pm GMT, 16 minutes after the Royal Family announced his death at 6.30pm, according to flight tracking data.

Prince Harry’s older brother, Prince William, Prince Edward and his wife, Sophie, and Prince Andrew flew to Scotland together on a Royal Air Force plane earlier today, arriving at 16.

Prince Harry was photographed in a car as he arrived at Balmoral Castle shortly before 8pm. He was seen in photos at the airport on Friday morning as he flew back to London.

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

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

Meghan Markle may decide to return home to California to be with her and Prince Harry’s two young children, Archie, 3, and Lilibet, 1.
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Like many others, Spence said she believes the fact the family members took separate flights to Balmoral is indicative of the ongoing tension between Prince Harry and Meghan and other members of the Royal Family.

“I think that indicates Harry was in a different car, so by the optics – Harry arriving and leaving alone – tells you what the relationship and tone between the families was like,” she said. Spence added that it was also telling that Prince Harry was the first to go.

Additionally, the two brothers live about half a mile apart in Windsor, while Prince Andrew also lives nearby, so it’s worth noting that they flew separately.

Royal expert Eloise Parker told Fox New Digital: ‘The family will want to downplay the ‘feud’ narrative, given their new, more pressing issues, dealing with the enormity of the Queen’s death and the scrutiny scrutiny that King Charles faces as he adjusts to his new role.”

"Meghan expected to leave the children for six days, not weeks," a royal expert has told Fox News Digital about the possibility of Meghan Markle attending Queen Elizabeth's funeral.

“Meghan expected to leave the children for six days, not weeks,” a royal expert told Fox News Digital about the prospect of Meghan Markle attending Queen Elizabeth’s funeral.
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She continued: “It’s clear that Harry and William are deeply engaged in very different types of lives and priorities at this point. There was definitely a sense of estrangement, especially since he and William were historically such a tight unit. A decade ago, they almost certainly would have come or gone together.”

The royal expert said that with the death of the Queen and the accession of King Charles III to the throne, Prince William “will now have even more royal responsibilities as Prince of Wales and direct heir to the throne”.

Parker added: “He always kept a small loyal circle around him and Catherine. It’s hard to see how Harry, living over 10,000 miles away and forging a very different career path, could be an integral part of this circle, and vice-versa. versa.”

In his first address to the nation as monarch, King Charles confirmed that Prince William would succeed him on his death and he had given his eldest son his former title, Prince of Wales.

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

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

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“King Charles went out of his way to express his ‘love for Harry and Meghan as they build their lives overseas.’ It was a touching way to acknowledge acceptance of his son’s new life path. while clearly showing 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 them to be there, but their very young children are not expected to be there. assist.”

Spence said she believed Prince William and Middleton’s children had yet to meet Lilibet, but they met Archie before the Sussexes moved to the United States.

Parker added: “The shock and pain felt within the Royal Family by Harry and Meghan’s scorched earth departure has undoubtedly been overshadowed by this extraordinary time of grief and change.

“They will always be part of the family, but the distance, both geographical and emotional, between the brothers seems at this point to be the accepted status quo.”

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