The Queen Just Quietly Revealed That Meghan Markle Was Never Involved in Conversations About Returning to the Royal Family

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle recently made news for several reasons. First, the couple announced on Valentine’s Day that they’re expecting their second child. And only a few days later, the royal family officially announced that Harry and Meghan will not be returning to their royal duties. 

However, in Queen Elizabeth’s statement about the couple’s permanent exit, she quietly revealed that Meghan Markle removed herself from any conversation about a royal return long ago.

Queen Elizabeth, Meghan Markle, and Prince Harry stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in 2018
Queen Elizabeth, Meghan Markle, and Prince Harry | Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle left the royal family in 2020

In January 2020, Harry and Meghan made the surprising decision to step back from their roles as senior royals. The couple had been under fire ever since they started dating, with the paparazzi and tabloids taking direct aim at Meghan. Ever since she and Harry started a relationship back in 2016, Meghan was constantly being berated by the press, which led to the general public forming a negative opinion about her.

The constant negativity made it difficult for the two to properly do their jobs as working royals, and Harry had hinted years earlier that he had one foot out the door. The two decided that, after spending six weeks in North America for the 2019 holidays, they would remove themselves as working members of the royal family. Still, the queen gave them a one-year “trial” period, which recently expired.

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, and Queen Elizabeth at the Queen's Young Leaders Awards Ceremony at Buckingham Palace on June 26, 2018
Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, and Queen Elizabeth at the Queen’s Young Leaders Awards Ceremony at Buckingham Palace on June 26, 2018 | John Stillwell/WPA Pool/Getty Images

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Queen Elizabeth’s statement just quietly revealed that she never spoke to Meghan Markle about returning

The queen released a statement on Feb. 19, revealing that Harry and Meghan had made the decision to permanently remove themselves from the royal family. But a surprising sentence suggests that Meghan was never involved in conversations about rejoining the family.

The queen’s statement reads, in part, “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have confirmed to Her Majesty The Queen that they will not be returning as working members of The Royal Family.”

However, the next sentence is eye-catching. “Following conversations with The Duke, The Queen has written confirming that in stepping away from the work of The Royal Family it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service.”

Interestingly, Meghan’s name was left out of the queen’s statement. The queen admitted to having conversations only with the duke, not with the duke and duchess.

Meghan Markle and Queen Elizabeth at one of Meghan's first official royal engagements in June 2018
Meghan Markle and Queen Elizabeth at one of Meghan’s first official royal engagements in June 2018 | Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

It’s unclear what the name omission means for Meghan Markle’s relationship with the queen

Meghan and the queen were reportedly on good terms when Meghan and Harry first began dating. However, as time went on, there were rumors that the queen wasn’t always happy with Meghan and Harry’s decisions.

Did the queen purposely omit Meghan’s name? Certainly, if the queen had discussed a departure with both of them, she would have mentioned it — or so we think. It appears that, by omitting Meghan’s name from the statement, it suggests one of two things: Either Meghan refused to discuss the option of returning with the queen, or Harry and the queen simply didn’t feel that Meghan needed to be a part of the conversation. Both are a bit concerning, seeing as how Meghan and Harry are life partners and seem to make their decisions together.