Meghan Markle's 'Outright Snub' And US Trip Hurting Queen Elizabeth, Reports Say
The latest stunts from Meghan Markle have disappointed Queen Elizabeth, according to reports. The Duchess of Sussex made a few decisions in the recent weeks that hurt the Queen when she turned down an invitation to spend a few days of summer at the Queen's home in Balmoral but then flew to the U.S. to show support for a friend.
Early this September, The Sun reported that Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry decided they will not visit the Queen in her Scotland estate because of their son, Archie Harrison. Insiders said that the Sussex royals felt that Archie was too young to be traveling despite bringing their little boy to Nice and Ibiza in August.
Queen Elizabeth was said to be looking forward to Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry's visit because the rest of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were also in Balmoral. The Queen had been so set on enjoying "a few days of merry chaos," but Duchess Meghan ruined her excitement when she and Prince Harry turned down the invitation.
It would have been Duchess Meghan's first visit to Balmoral since she wasn't also able to go the previous summer while pregnant with Archie. It would have also been a chance for Archie to bond with his older cousins -- Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis -- who have gone to Balmoral ahead with their parents, Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton.
What made matters worse was when Duchess Meghan decided to make a surprise visit to New York to watch and support one of her closest friends, Serena Williams, at the U.S. Open. According to People, she flew without Prince Harry and left her son to the care of nannies at home in Frogmore Cottage.
Critics questioned how Duchess Meghan could fly across the pond to support a friend but couldn't grant the Queen some courtesy by heeding to the invitation. A royal watcher from the Daily Mail said that this decision was "undiplomatic and insensitive" that she has, no doubt, slighted the Queen.
"Serena is no relation. The Queen, by contrast, is baby Archie's great-grandmother, not to mention being in her 94th year," Sarah Vine wrote. "It is not an unreasonable expectation that she might want to spend a little time with the new arrival. But no. The Duchess would far rather go to the U.S. Open than travel to Scotland to be with her in-laws."