Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Seemingly Snub Queen Elizabeth Following Her Historic Speech

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have remained silent following Queen Elizabeth’s historic coronavirus address. Senior members of the royal family showed their support in the wake of the speech, praising Her Majesty for inspiring hope during the pandemic. But Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Harry have not said anything, leaving royal watchers wondering if they have snubbed Queen Elizabeth yet again.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry exit is official

On March 31, Meghan and Harry’s exit from the royal family became official. The couple has since moved to Los Angeles, where they are reportedly settling down in Malibu with their son, Archie Harrison.

Like other parts of the world, California is under lockdown. Sources say the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are staying with her mom, Doria Ragland, until the crisis is over.

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This afternoon, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on Commonwealth Day, alongside Her Majesty The Queen and Members of The Royal Family. The Commonwealth is a global network of 54 countries, working in collaboration towards shared economic, environmental, social and democratic goals, and the Service today seeks to highlight the vast community which spans every geographical region, religion and culture, embracing diversity amongst its population of 2.4 billion people, of which 60 percent are under 30 years old. As President and Vice-President of the @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been passionate advocates of the Commonwealth having spent many years working closely with the next generation of Commonwealth leaders. The theme of the Commonwealth for 2020 is ‘Delivering A Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming', placing emphasis on youth, the environment, trade, governance, and ICT (Information and Communications Technology) and innovation. From working to protect the earth's natural resources and preserving the planet for generations to come, to championing fair trade and empowering the youth of today to transform the communities of tomorrow, the Service celebrates the Commonwealth's continued commitment to delivering a peaceful, prosperous and more sustainable future for all. Photo © PA

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Meghan and Harry have kept very silent on social media, though they did wish their followers a fond farewell at the end of last month. Taking to their now inactive Instagram account, Sussex Royal, the couple thanked everyone for their continued support.

“While you may not see us here, the work continues,” Meghan Markle and Prince Harry shared. “What’s most important right now is the health and wellbeing of everyone across the globe and finding solutions for the many issues that have presented themselves as a result of this pandemic.”

The Sussexes have stopped using their royal titles as part of their exit. According to Page Six, they recently announced that they named their new charitable foundation Archewell, a play on their son’s name and the Greek word, Arche. The name will replace their previous brand, Sussex Royal.

Queen Elizabeth addresses a nation

Meghan and Harry’s move to LA has put them thousands of miles from the rest of the royal family. Some royal watchers believe Queen Elizabeth subtly mentioned their exit in her coronavirus speech when she talked about “separation” from loved ones.

“Today, once again, many will feel a painful sense of separation from their loved ones,” she stated. “But now, as then, we know, deep down, that it is the right thing to do.”

According to Express, Queen Elizabeth thanked medical workers for being on the frontline caring for the sick. She was also appreciative of citizens for doing their part and staying home during the crisis.

Although Queen Elizabeth confessed that the coronavirus pandemic is an unprecedented challenge, she encouraged everyone that they will succeed and that things will eventually return to normal.

“We will succeed – and that success will belong to every one of us,” Queen Elizabeth said. “We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return: we will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again.”

The royals rally in support of Queen Elizabeth

Following the speech, several high-ranking members of the royal family took to social media in support of Queen Elizabeth. Prince William and Kate Middleton offered a heartfelt tribute on Instagram, encouraging their followers to listen to the speech in its entirety.

Sarah Ferguson, who used to be married to Prince Andrew, shared an emotional message on Instagram, writing that Her Majesty’s speech “touched” her and “inspired” listeners “to never give up.”

While the royal family was clearly in support of Queen Elizabeth, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have not said anything about the speech. Their inactivity has led some fans to speculate that they snubbed Her Majesty and are completely cutting ties with the monarchy.

The speech comes after Clarence House confirmed that Prince Charles tested positive for the coronavirus. The Prince of Wales has since been released from self-isolation and is reportedly in good health.

Did Meghan Markle and Prince Harry snub Her Majesty?

Although Meghan and Harry have yet to release a statement about Queen Elizabeth’s speech, an inside source told Harpers Bazaar that they both listened to the address and were “moved” by what they heard.

“They described it as not just a demonstration of experienced leadership, but also warmth, reassurance, and comfort,” the insider shared.

The insider noted that the Sussexes watched the speech from their home in Los Angeles. Another source confirmed that Harry talked to Queen Elizabeth ahead of the address and expressed his ongoing “support” to his grandmother.

Queen Elizabeth gave the speech from inside Windsor Castle. She took some major precautions filming the address to ensure that she did not contract the coronavirus. Queen Elizabeth will likely remain at Windsor Castle with Prince Philip until the pandemic is under control.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, meanwhile, have not commented on the reports surrounding their move to LA. As part of their exit, the couple will seek to become financially independent from the crown and will be splitting their time between the U.K. and North America.