Family disputes are likely to be sidelined when the Duke of Sussex arrives in Balmoral to see the Queen receiving visits from other members of the monarchy.
Harry canceled an appearance at a charity awards ceremony in London to fly to Scotland in the wake of other royals who also traveled to Aberdeenshire to see the monarch.
The Queen’s four children – Charles, the Princess Royal, the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex – are at her bedside or are on their way, along with the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke of Cambridge and the Countess of Wessex.
A Sussex spokesperson initially said Meghan would join Harry at Balmoral, but a source later said she would stay in London but not attend the WellChild Awards.
The Duchess could potentially join Harry in Scotland at a later date, the source said, following the change of plans.
The Sussexes have a troubled relationship with their relatives and in a recent wide-ranging interview with The Cut magazine, Meghan claimed that “just by existing” she and Harry were “upsetting the dynamics of the hierarchy” before they stepped down as senior royals. that work. in 2020.
In a dramatic interview with Oprah Winfrey last year, the couple made a series of shocking claims and portrayed the royal family as a racist and indifferent institution.
After the Sussex’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, the queen said in a statement that the issues raised, including race, would be “privately addressed by the family”.
The couple had accused an unnamed royal, not the Queen or Duke of Edinburgh, of raising concerns about how dark their son Archie’s skin tone would be before he was born.
Meghan also revealed that she asked for help when she was suicidal, but said the institute did not give her any support.
But with the queen’s health at the fore on everyone’s mind, any tension is likely to be overlooked as the family comes together in support of the mother, grandmother, and head of state.
Harry was due to give a speech at the WellChild Awards Thursday night and celebrate the achievements and resilience of seriously ill young people and their families.
The duke has been patron of WellChild, the national charity for critically ill children and their families, since 2007 and, despite stepping down as a real worker, has maintained his ties with the organization.
Harry and Meghan, who visited Europe this week, attended the One Young World Summit in Manchester on Monday. Meghan gave a keynote speech and said it was “very nice to be back in the UK” and told the young leaders “you are the future, you are the present”.
It was their first public appearance in the UK since they joined other members of the royal family for events in June that celebrated the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
On Tuesday they also traveled to Dusseldorf in Germany, to celebrate the one-year countdown to the Invictus Games in the city, and wowed the fans when they went out and about.