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Duchess Meghan and Princess Kate, 2019 | Duchess Meghan and the Queen, 2018 | Source: Getty Images
Duchess Meghan and Princess Kate, 2019 | Duchess Meghan and the Queen, 2018 | Source: Getty Images

Meghan 'Jumped' with 'Triple Speed' for 1st Trip with Queen Unlike Kate Yet Reportedly Rejected Her Final Invite

Junie Sihlangu
Sep 12, 2022
06:00 P.M.
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After Duchess Meghan got engaged to Prince Harry, she once described the Queen as an amazing woman after interacting with her a couple of times. She traveled with the monarch a month after marrying Harry, and it seemed her introduction to the family was happening quickly. However, days before the Queen passed, Harry and his wife allegedly rejected the monarch's invitation to visit her at Balmoral Castle.

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By November 2017, Prince Harry was engaged to the love of his life, Duchess Meghan. In a Haper's Bazaar article, it was revealed how Harry's then-fiancée shared that at that point, she'd met the late Queen several times.

Meghan said it was incredible for her to realize that she was getting to see Harry's grandmother through his eyes. She shared how she witnessed the respect and honor he held for her as the British monarch.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at the Wheelchair Tennis at the Invictus Games Toronto on September 25, 2017, in Toronto, Canada | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at the Wheelchair Tennis at the Invictus Games Toronto on September 25, 2017, in Toronto, Canada | Source: Getty Images

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However, Meghan also saw Harry's love for the Queen as his grandmother. The Duchess of Sussex said "those layers" had been essential for her when they met because she had a "deep understanding" of Her Majesty and:

"Of course, incredible respect for being able to have that time with her, and she's an incredible woman."

How the Late Queen Welcomed Duchess Meghan Quickly into the Royal Family

Meghan had promised to "hit the ground running" when she joined the Royal Family, and she started doing so less than a month after her marriage to Harry. On June 14, 2018, she had her first solo outing with the Queen.

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Queen Elizabeth II and Duchess Meghan at the opening of the new Mersey Gateway Bridge, in Widnes, Cheshire on June 14, 2018 | Source: Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II and Duchess Meghan at the opening of the new Mersey Gateway Bridge, in Widnes, Cheshire on June 14, 2018 | Source: Getty Images

What was noticeable about it was that it had taken the former Duchess Kate, now known as Princess Kate, much longer to be afforded such pleasures. Kate is the wife of Harry's older brother, Prince William, and Ingrid Seward, the author of "My Husband & I," added to the matter, stating:

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"This is happening at triple speed."

Princess Kate formerly known as Duchess Kate and Duchess Meghan on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, in central London, after the Trooping the Colour ceremony on June 9, 2018 | Source: Getty Images

Princess Kate formerly known as Duchess Kate and Duchess Meghan on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, in central London, after the Trooping the Colour ceremony on June 9, 2018 | Source: Getty Images

According to The Telegraph, William's wife didn't have her first solo event with the monarch until nine months after her royal wedding. Although the princess was treated slightly differently than Meghan, the latter had no qualms about her.

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When talking about William's wife at the time, Meghan and Harry respectively described her as having been "absolutely amazing" and "wonderful." Harry also credited his brother for offering them "fantastic support."

Former Duchess Kate, Prince William, Duchess Meghan, and Prince Harry at the service to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force (RAF) at Westminster Abbey in central London on July 10, 2018 | Source: Getty Images

Former Duchess Kate, Prince William, Duchess Meghan, and Prince Harry at the service to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force (RAF) at Westminster Abbey in central London on July 10, 2018 | Source: Getty Images

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A palace source revealed how Harry's then-new wife "jumped in straightaway" into her royal duties. Meghan's willingness to participate in the joint outing showed she wasn't wasting any time starting her then-new career as a royal.

Despite being keen on beginning her new duties, Harry's wife still had to be trained by the Queen's personal assistant, Samantha Cohen, to become a duchess. She had to travel across the United Kingdom (UK) for the first six months as a royal.

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan return in a horse-drawn carriage after attending the Queen's Birthday Parade, "Trooping the Colour," in London on June 9, 2018 | Source: Getty Images

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan return in a horse-drawn carriage after attending the Queen's Birthday Parade, "Trooping the Colour," in London on June 9, 2018 | Source: Getty Images

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The duchess got to meet charities and get advice as she transitioned. She and the Queen's outing was to northwest England in Cheshire, and Robert Lacey, historical consultant for "The Crown," described it as:

"A really positive sign of favor, encouragement, and endorsement by the Queen."

The Queen's Failure to Travel to Appoint a PM amid Harry's Tour to the UK & the Sussex's Rejection of Her Balmoral Invitation

Throughout her reign as the monarch, the Queen had appointed 14 prime ministers (PM) in London until 2022. Due to her mobility issues at 96, the royal had to change the long-standing tradition.

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She had to break tradition by appointing the new British prime minister from Balmoral Castle in Scotland instead of Buckingham Palace in London. The Queen's episodic mobility issues forced her to do things differently for the first time since her 70-year reign.

The outgoing PM, Boris Johnson, was expected to travel north from London on September 6, 2022, before having an audience with his successor. A CNN royal source claimed the decision was taken for the audiences to take place at Balmoral to provide certainty for the prime minister's diary.

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In early September 2022, The Mirror reported that the Queen had invited Harry and his wife to join her at Balmoral Castle for "a big family sleepover." At the time, the Sussexes, who relocated to the United States (US) in 2020, were in the UK to make public appearances on behalf of the charities they support.

The couple traveled to Manchester for the One Young World Summit and went to Düsseldorf in Germany for an Invictus Games event. Meghan and her husband were also expected to appear at the WellChild Awards in London.

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Royal expert Katie Nicholl revealed to the publication that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex could've gone to the UK earlier, at the "end of August," along with their children due to the monarch's invite. The Queen had a tradition of spending the summer holidays at her Scottish Highlands estate.

Days before the Queen passed, GB News speculated about whether the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would be stripped of their royal titles.

Speaking to GB News, Nicholl noted how the monarch always extended her invitation to Balmoral Castle to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The royal expert also shared how the Sussexes were invited to Birkhall by the new King Charles III, Harry's father, but they hadn't taken him up.

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In August 2022, The New Yorker alleged that King Charles visited his mother frequently that month while in Scotland. The Queen's second son, Prince Andrew, also reportedly checked in on her during that time.

It was believed that the Sussexes didn't take the Queen or the King up on their invitations because of their rift. Since Harry and Meghan stepped back from their royal roles and relocated to the US, they've given several interviews that have put the Royal Family in repute.

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Sadly, the monarch's stay at Balmoral was her last, as she passed away on September 8, 2022. Days before the Queen passed, GB News speculated whether the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would be stripped of their royal titles.

Royal expert Duncan Larcombe said it was "almost inevitable" and that the monarch had "no choice" but to take away Meghan and Harry's titles. Larcombe thought the Queen had to tell the pair that "enough is enough," but she died before anything was mentioned about this.

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