Meghan Markle “could sense she wasn’t wanted” in Queen Elizabeth II’s final hours as family members scrambled to Scotland in an effort to be by the monarch’s side, according to a new book by Omid Scobie.
Prince Harry and Meghan were in Britain for the WellChild awards when Buckingham Palace announced the queen was under medical supervision in Balmoral, in a sign Elizabeth’s journey was nearing its end on September 8, 2022.
And King Charles III rang Prince Harry to say he should make the journey up to Scotland as other family members were doing—but asked that Meghan should not join him.
The Sussexes had already announced Meghan was planning to travel with Harry but the king said the Princess of Wales would not be going.
In his new book Endgame, serialized in People today, Scobie, author of bestselling biography Finding Freedom, suggested the explanation was a smoke screen.
“They just didn’t want Meghan there,” according to a former palace aide quoted in the book. Meanwhile a friend of Meghan added that the duchess “could sense she wasn’t wanted.”
Charles also told Harry that William was arranging travel north of the border but the prince struggled to connect with his brother.
“William ignored him,” a family source told Scobie. “He clearly didn’t want to see his brother.”
Harry and his team had to frantically search for flights up to Balmoral even as the world’s media booked many of the commercial plane tickets but eventually chartered a private jet from Luton Airport, north of London, for $37,000.
“When he arrived at Balmoral, Princess Anne warmly greeted him and led him to the Queen’s room,” Scobie wrote, “where he spent a quiet moment privately paying his respects.
“He had hoped to see his father—who had made it to Balmoral Castle in time to see his mother alive—to express his sympathies, but he was informed that Charles, William, and Camilla had already left for Birkhall together.
“Again, no invite was extended to Harry. That night after eating he retired to his room, exhausted by the day’s emotional roller coaster. He was glad to have had a private moment to say goodbye to his grandmother, but there was no point in sticking around.
“With no offer to return with William and the others in the morning (all of his texts, including a thoughtful message about the loss of their grandmother, continued to be ignored), Harry booked his own British Airways ticket on the first available departing flight.”
Scobie also gave People an interview in which he said: “In the eyes of some within the institution, Harry is a threat to the crown. His freedom to exert his own thinking outside of the confines of the institution has made him the enemy.”