Meghan Markle not joining royal family in Scotland to be at Queen’s bedside

Meghan Markle will not be joining Prince Harry and the royal family in Scotland to be at Queen Elizabeth II’s bedside, Page Six has confirmed.

Page Six is told that Prince Harry is currently traveling to the UK from Germany, where he and Markle were promoting the Invictus Games, to join Prince Charles, Prince William and more as Elizabeth’s health deteriorates.

Earlier Thursday, the royal family announced the monarch was “under medical supervision.”

Should the Queen die, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will prepare to fly back to Britain for a funeral to be attended by the royal family, world leaders and dignitaries from across the globe. 

Although Harry has been back to the UK several times since the Sussexes quit royal life in early 2020 — including for Prince Philip’s funeral and the unveiling of his mother Princess Diana’s statue — Meghan’s return is her first since the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June.

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and Queen Elizabeth II sitting together at Buckingham Palace
Markle, pictured here with Harry and the Queen in 2018, was last seen publicly in the UK for the Platinum Jubilee.
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When the Queen’s beloved husband, Prince Philip, died at age 99 in April 2021, Harry reportedly slept through a phone call trying to alert him. The palace did not want to announce the news of Philip’s death before he was told.

As reported at the time, a representative from the US Embassy dialed Harry’s number just before 3 a.m. PT to tell him the news, but the call went unanswered.

The couple moved to a $14 million estate in Montecito, Calif.
The couple moved to a $14 million estate in Montecito, Calif.
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Finally, the embassy rep contacted the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department and asked an officer to get the prince to call back.

The sheriff’s department reportedly sent an officer to the royal couple’s $14.7 million Montecito, Calif., estate to tell Harry to call the embassy immediately.

Markle did not join her husband at Philip’s funeral as she was heavily pregnant with their daughter, Lilibet, and was banned by doctors from flying.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in Australia in 2018
The pair have been estranged from the royal family since their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2021.
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While Harry and Markle ripped the royal family in their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey in March 2021 — in which they made allegations of racism within the family — Harry had nothing bad to say about his grandmother.

He denied accusations, which he said he believed may have been leaked by palace insiders, that they had “blindsided” the Queen by announcing their intentions to step down as working royals.

“No, I would never blindside my grandmother, I have too much respect for her,” he told Winfrey.

Markle also spoke of their closeness to the monarch, disclosing she had phoned to inquire about the health of Philip, who was in hospital at the time of their interview.

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