Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have changed their European trip itinerary after the Palace announced today that the Queen has been put under medical supervision in Balmoral, Scotland. Harry traveled to join her and family members Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, along with his brother Prince William, who also traveled to Scotland to be with his grandmother. Meghan Markle remains in London, a source told Omid Scobie.
Meghan and Harry’s spokesperson confirmed this morning that the couple was traveling to Scotland to be with the Queen. They were supposed to attend the WellChild Awards today in London but understandably canceled their appearance, Hello! reported.
A source later specified to royal reporter Omid Scobie that only Harry traveled to Balmoral, while Meghan remained in London.
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The Palace released a brief statement this afternoon in London, sharing that “following further evaluation this morning, the Queen’s doctors are concerned for Her Majesty’s health and have recommended that she remain under medical supervision. The Queen remains comfortable and at Balmoral.”
Meghan and Harry have both spoken warmly about their relationships with the Queen. “We have a really special relationship,” Harry told The Today Show in April. “We talk about things she can’t talk about with anyone else.”
Meghan spoke in her Oprah interview in March 2021 about how welcoming the Queen has been to her. “The Queen, for example, has always been wonderful to me,” Meghan said. “I mean, we had one of our first joint engagements together. She asked me to join her, and I went on the train. And we had breakfast together that morning and she gave me a beautiful gift and I just really loved being in her company, and I know we were in the car—Yeah, she gave me some beautiful pearl earrings and a matching necklace—and we were in the car going between engagements. And she has a blanket that sits across her, her knees, for warmth and it was chilly and she was like, Meghan, come on, and put it over my knees as well.”
Harry and Meghan named their daughter Lilibet after the Queen, choosing her nickname for their baby girl’s first name.
This post has been updated following new reports stating that only Harry traveled to Balmoral.
Alyssa Bailey is the senior news and strategy editor at ELLE.com, where she oversees coverage of celebrities and royals (particularly Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton). She previously held positions at InStyle and Cosmopolitan. When she’s not working, she loves running around Central Park, making people take #ootd pics of her, and exploring New York City.