Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, has supposedly requested to speak with King Charles III prior to her and Prince Harry’s return to the U.S. after the funeral of the late Queen Elizabeth II.
Royal expert Neil Sean claimed that Markle sent a private letter to the king through a senior royal attendant, and requested a private audience.
Sean said in a YouTube video posted Saturday that Markle asked for the meeting in order to “clear the air” and “explain some of the rationale behind what they’ve been doing over the last two years.” He also said it was unclear whether Markle’s request would be granted. “Truthfully, we have no idea if this is going to go forward,” he said.
The relationship between Markle and the royal family has become more than a little “strained” according to royal commentators like Sky News’ Angela Levin.
When she and Prince Harry resigned from their official duties in 2020 and moved to California, the match was struck. But their high profile interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2021 set everything ablaze, igniting a firestorm of controversy for the royal family. Markle accused the family of mistreating her and claimed they commented on the possible skin tone of her and Harry’s son Archie.
She told Winfrey there were “concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born.”
The interview led to a rare response from Buckingham Palace on behalf of the late queen. In a statement, they said, “The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan. The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately. Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members.”
The New York Post reported on comments made by the BBC’s royal correspondent, Nicholas Witchell, who speculated that the reason Markle stayed behind in London on Sept. 8, while Harry traveled to Scotland to be with the queen prior to her passing, was due to concerns that “she might not be terribly warmly welcomed.”
During most of Elizabeth’s memorial ceremonies, Harry was not permitted to wear a uniform or salute the queen alongside his family members, because he was stripped of his military honors when he and Markle stepped down as working royals. He was, however, allowed to wear his uniform for the queen’s vigil on Saturday.