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Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex and wife to Prince Harry, was not invited to join the Royal Family while Queen Elizabeth II was on her deathbed on Thursday, according to royal expert Katie Nicholl.

“It’s understood that the family wanted Prince Harry to be there, even though he was unable to get to Balmoral in time to see his grandmother,” Nicholl stated to ET, adding, “But Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, was not, we understand, invited to join the family.”

“She has said she will go to Balmoral another time,” the expert continued. “But I think it is quite significant that Prince Harry traveled to Balmoral on his own without his wife.”

Upon news that the Queen was on her deathbed Thursday morning, Prince Harry boarded a plane from London to Scotland without his wife in order to reach his 96-year-old mother before she passed.

While many members of the royal family traveled to Balmoral to visit the Queen, it is unclear whether any family members reached her before she passed, according to ET.

Meghan Markle’s absence from the gathering of the royals in Scotland showcases the estranged relationship she has with the rest of the monarchy as she and Prince Harry gave up their titles in January 2020.

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Markle, who married into the family in May 2018, wanted “to carve out a progressive new role within this institution” as she and Prince Harry stepped away from their duties and moved to North America as explained on Instagram.

While this rift between the royals will continue under the reign of King Charles III, the entire family mourns the loss of the longest reigning monarch in British history.

“The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family,” the King wrote in a statement following his mother’s death. “We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved Mother.”

“I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world,” wrote the 73-year-old monarch. “During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which The Queen was so widely held.”

While the Royal Family, and the entire United Kingdom, mourn the death of Queen Elizabeth II, a new chapter for Britain begins. Perhaps in this new age, Markle will be able to reconnect with the rest of the family, however, her previous actions suggest that estrangement suits her.

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