'Royal snub?': Family announced death of Queen Elizabeth II even before Harry could reach Balmoral

Harry was en route when the announcement happened, which may be a sign of a wider rift between the Sussexes and the Royals

'Royal snub?': Family announced death of Queen Elizabeth II even before Harry could reach Balmoral
News of the death of Queen Elizabeth II was released even before Harry could reach Balmoral (Steve Parsons - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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ABERDEENSHIRE, SCOTLAND: On Thursday, September 8, the royal family announced the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Now, it has come to light that they did not wait for Prince Harry to arrive at Balmoral before making the announcement. 

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According to Radar, the youngest son of King Charles III was on his way to Scotland, but the news of the Queen's passing was announced to the public even before the Duke of Sussex could be there. Interestingly, Prince William had reached Balmoral before the news was made public. Such a move may be viewed as an adverse reaction by the rest of the royals toward Harry. 

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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on May 29, 2019 in London, England.
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William, now the Duke of Cornwall, landed at Aberdeen airport in Scotland with his uncle, Prince Andrew. The two made their way to Balmoral Castle together. While the duo could not make it in time to say their goodbyes to the Queen, it was only after they arrived that the King's statement was made public. 

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex boards a flight at Aberdeen Airport on September 9, 2022 in Aberdeen, United Kingdom. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on 21 April 1926. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and acceded the throne of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth on 6 February 1952 after the death of her Father, King George VI. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex boards a flight at Aberdeen Airport on September 9 in Aberdeen, United Kingdom (Peter Summers/Getty Images)

The same courtesy, however, was not extended to Harry. The Duke of Sussex was at Windsor, during the highly publicized trip to the UK and Germany with his wife Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex. The couple had one final engagement before they would depart for their home in California. However, Harry was soon spotted arriving in Scotland, after he found out about his grandmother's death on Twitter. The Duke arrived in a chauffeured vehicle, seated in the backseat with his face covered. He was alone, whilw Meghan remained in the UK. Notably, she skipped her final engagement in London, the WellChild Awards and stayed home at Frogmore Cottage.

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(L-R) Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (driving), Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Sophie, Countess of Wessex (unseen) and Edward, Earl of Wessex arrive to see Queen Elizabeth at Balmoral Castle on September 8, 2022 in Aberdeen, Scotland. Buckingham Palace issued a statement earlier today saying that Queen Elizabeth was placed under medical supervision due to concerns about her health.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (driving), Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Sophie, Countess of Wessex (unseen) and Edward, Earl of Wessex, arrive to see Queen Elizabeth at Balmoral Castle on September 8 in Aberdeen, Scotland (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

The fact that the royal family did not wait for Harry to join them points to the ever-growing rift between them and the Sussexes. Their tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey was as good as throwing a lit match in a barrel of gasoline. Even now, mere days before the Queen's death, Meghan continued to reflect on her time as a member of the royal family and shared experiences that put her in-laws in a bad light. This is also why, despite being in the UK, she chose not to visit the Queen who was already under medical supervision at Balmoral, fearing she may not be "warmly welcomed" by other members of the Royal family. 

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Queen Elizabeth II at the Queen's Young Leaders Awards Ceremony at Buckingham Palace on June 26, 2018 in London, England. The Queen's Young Leaders Programme, now in its fourth and final year, celebrates the achievements of young people from across the Commonwealth working to improve the lives of people across a diverse range of issues including supporting people living with mental health problems, access to education, promoting gender equality, food scarcity and climate change.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex did not visit the Queen in Scotland (John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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