Merely two minutes (fine, like a day) after initial reports that the Queen had extended an olive branch to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry by inviting them to Balmoral, her summer retreat in Scotland, Page Six dusted off some sources who would beg to differ.
Apparently multiple sources told Page Six that the Sussexes are not on the Balmoral guest list, with the outlet adding that Meghan and Harry are staying in the United States "ahead of the publication of Harry’s much-anticipated memoir this fall."
A "Balmoral insider" (sounds fun, how do I sign up) previously told The Sun that staff at the Scottish castle "have been told to expect the full list of royals including Harry, Meghan and their children Archie and Lilibet. They are preparing for the Sussexes.”
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Oh, and another Sun source noted that “Balmoral is the perfect place for them to spend a little bit of quality time with the Queen" especially since "they barely had 15 minutes with her at the Jubilee.” However! Yet ANOTHER source mused “I would be stunned if they did turn up.”
Truly so many sources, so little time.
Meanwhile, Meghan and Harry—the people who are actually involved in this story—have yet to comment on all this back-and-forth about Balmoral, or on their summer plans in general. But considering Harry's memoir is meant to be pretty major (and meant to spill some pretty major details about the royals), it sort of makes sense that he wants to opt out of the huge family vacation? That said, Harry is extremely close to his grandmother the Queen, so chances are he'll want to spend as much time with her as possible. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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