There’s Still Time for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to Visit Queen Elizabeth At Balmoral

Criticizing Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has become a full-time occupation for some people. From calling them hypocrites for taking private jets while lecturing on climate change to questioning how they could have the audacity to shut their own car doors, the haters are usually out in force.

Most of all, royal critics love to comment on whether Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are displaying the correct amount of respect toward the rest of the royal family. They accuse the couple of being rude to Prince William and feuding with Kate Middleton. They even said the Duke and Duchess of Sussex recently snubbed Queen Elizabeth by shunning her invitation to Balmoral.

But is everyone just jumping to conclusions over Harry and Meghan’s perceived rudeness? It’s possible.

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and Queen Elizabeth
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Queen Elizabeth | John Stillwell/AFP/Getty Images

Royal fans think Prince Harry and Meghan Markle skipped visiting Balmoral

Every summer, Queen Elizabeth takes a break from her dizzying schedule of royal engagements and heads to one of her favorite places in the world. Her Majesty makes an annual pilgrimage to Scotland and rumor has it she is most relaxed at happy while she’s there. The queen even engages in unique pastimes, like washing the dishes after dinner.

It’s no secret that Queen Elizabeth loves her family. While on holiday at Balmoral, the queen invites most prominent family members to spend time there with her, taking walks and enjoying nature. But this year, everyone is incredibly offended that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle allegedly turned down the queen’s invitation.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Dominic Lipinski – Pool/Getty Images

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had other travel plans

Even though Meghan Markle was technically still on maternity leave until this week, the royal couple has kept busy with Prince Harry making official appearances at multiple events. They also took a family trip to Ibiza with baby Archie in tow earlier in the summer.

The fact that they went to Spain with the baby proves that they can’t use new parenthood as an excuse not to go to Balmoral. But is it true that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle snubbed Queen Elizabeth by refusing to visit her at her favorite place?

There’s still time for Harry and Meghan to visit Queen Elizabeth

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Phil Noble – Pool/Getty Images

Though it’s largely known as the queen’s “summer retreat,” the fact is that Her Majesty usually stays at Balmoral until early October. That means Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (plus baby Archie) still have a couple of weeks to squeeze in a quick visit.

No one knows for sure if they intend to do that. Now that their fall schedule is picking up and Meghan Markle is officially back to work, there might not be time for a last-minute jaunt to Balmoral. But it’s possible.

Prince William and Kate Middleton were spotted at Balmoral just before their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte started up school again. But since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex don’t need to worry about school schedules yet, it’s entirely reasonable to think they’d head there on a quick mid-week trip sometime soon.

We’ll see what happens!