Has Queen Elizabeth made an extra effort to include Meghan in the royal family? Reports and experts suggest that the Queen has a particularly close bond with the Duchess of Sussex. Let’s take a look at some reasons why we think this is true.
Meghan Markle had a very special experience with the Queen in June 2018. This was just over a month after Meghan had officially joined the royal family.
The Queen personally invited Meghan to join her on a royal train ride to an event in Cheshire. Shockingly, both Prince Harry and Kate Middleton have not had this experience. Reportedly, the two women chatted and laughed together during this encounter.
According to Fabulous Digital, royal commentator Duncan Larcombe said “Meghan seems to have forged a particularly close relationship with the Queen if you compare that to when other people have married into the royal family.”
Regarding the royal train ride Duncan remarked, “I’m 99 per cent sure she’s never afforded that offer to Kate.” The Queen surely went out of her way to have Meghan join her.
Meghan’s birthday just happened, and rumors were flying that the Queen planned a special ‘surprise’ party for Meghan’s special day. The party was to be held at her Balmoral estate in Scotland, allegedly the Queen’s favorite royal estate.
According to The Sun a source said, “The Queen and Prince Phillip adore the couple and, of course, their new great-grandson Archie. They have invited them to Balmoral for a few days.”
The source added, “It is a testament to Meghan that she has been given this invite. It’s a huge honor.” Reports say the Queen has even requested a special cake be made for Meghan. Also, the Sussexes were offered their own wing in the estate. This invite alone is a great honor.
Yet, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex ultimately decided to keep Meghan’s birthday celebration low-key and stayed at the Frogmore Estate. Apparently the festivities were kept between Meghan, Prince Harry and Archie.
We suspect this was a result of Meghan’s recent pregnancy and an attempt to avoid backlash for an overly lavish celebration. While the Sussexes did not end up visiting Balmoral, the Observer suspects the Scotland trip was merely delayed.
Regardless, it’s the thought that counts! If the Queen did in fact go out of her way to plan something in honor of Meghan, that surely confirms her soft spot for the Duchess.
When taking a look to the past, Princess Diana suffered through her involvement with the royal family. Her struggles came from feeling like an outsider. This feeling of isolation unfortunately resulted in Princess Diana falling into depression.
Princess Diana’s private secretary from 1988 to 1996, Patrick Jepson, told Yahoo’s The Royal Box how Princess Diana felt ostracized from the royal family. Yet, according to The Sun Jepson also said “Princess Diana was able to channel this feeling of exclusion into helping out other people who felt the same.”
Regardless, many suspect the Queen is putting in extra effort the welcome Meghan into the family to avoid this situation from repeating itself. In fact, Duncan Larcombe noted that there have been many times where Queen Elizabeth “obviously requested” Meghan join her for a public appearance.
This has been interpreted to “signal the fact that she [the Queen] was welcoming [Meghan] into the royal family.” There is definitely evidence that the Queen wants Meghan Markle to feel comfortable.
Royal Commentator Larcombe also explained the differences between Meghan and Kate joining the royal family. Kate had time to get to know the royal family before marriage. Differently, Meghan did not and joined the family quickly.
He explained, “Everyone got to know Kate and the family long before they got engaged.” This fact could possibly explain the motive behind Queen Elizabeth so publicly giving Markle special attention.
Some people also claim Meghan has a closer relationship with the Queen than Kate does. The editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine, Ingrid Seward, shared her own take on the difference in relationships with Fabulous Digital.
She explained that the nature of Kate’s relationship with the Queen is more serious. “Obviously Kate holds all the Queen’s hope for the future and she would not want to do anything to upset that. I can’t see what she would have in common with Kate apart from her royal duties.”
On the other hand, Seward explains how “With Meghan she would tread very carefully and do her best to make her feel at home. They have a love of dogs in common and Meghan knows how to make her laugh.”
The vast differences between Meghan and Kate’s relationships with the Queen contribute to the different treatment they receive. Regardless, we are happy to see the Queen making an extra effort to include Meghan in the family.