Meghan Markle and Prince Harry kept the focus of their visit to the U.K. strictly on the Queen following her death and days of events leading up to her funeral last Monday.
Multiple sources told The Mirror, via The Daily Beast, that Kate Middleton and Meghan in particular were “not known” to have exchanged words throughout Meghan and Harry’s visit to the U.K. Multiple sources added as well that “any hint of a rapprochement between the couples was ‘very unlikely,’” per the outlet.
Meghan, Harry, Kate, and Prince William did a surprise walkabout together in Windsor on September 10. Hello! reported that longtime royal photographer Arthur Edwards shared the royals’ reunion more for optics than to signify that their private strained relationships had been healed.
“When the Prince [Charles] said he loved Harry and Meghan in his speech that shook me as well. Then when Meghan got out the car, I was amazed,” Edwards said. “But obviously William has got to do something about it. He spoke to his brother and said, ‘Let’s make a combined effort here.’”
“They did it because if Meghan had turned up for the funeral on Monday all the papers would be talking about Meghan and the King does not want that,” Edwards added. “He wants it all about The Queen and nothing else. No distractions. Whether they will get back together who knows, there is a big rift between the brothers.”
Ahead of her visit to the U.K., Meghan spoke to The Cut about her relationship with the royals besides the Queen, with whom she and Harry were both close. “I think forgiveness is really important,” she said in the interview published at the end of August. “It takes a lot more energy to not forgive. But it takes a lot of effort to forgive. I’ve really made an active effort, especially knowing that I can say anything.”
She then went silent before finally saying, “I have a lot to say until I don’t. Do you like that? Sometimes, as they say, the silent part is still part of the song.”
Alyssa Bailey is the senior news and strategy editor at ELLE.com, where she oversees coverage of celebrities and royals (particularly Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton). She previously held positions at InStyle and Cosmopolitan. When she’s not working, she loves running around Central Park, making people take #ootd pics of her, and exploring New York City.