Kate Middleton Harbors “Resentment” Towards Meghan Markle Over the Queen’s Death, Royal Author Says

Not flying to Scotland on September 8 has, according to Robert Jobson, “eaten Kate up.”

Kate Middleton
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When Her late Majesty passed away at Balmoral last September, Insider reports, Kate Middleton didn’t go with her husband Prince William to bid farewell so that Meghan Markle wouldn’t go with her husband, Prince Harry. The situation has caused Kate to develop “resentment” against Meghan, royal author Robert Jobson says, speaking to Daily Telegraph Australia.

On September 8, 2022, the day of the late Queen’s death, the royal family traveled to Scotland to say a final farewell, but Kate and Meghan did not attend, although Sophie, the Duchess of Edinburgh (and then the Countess of Wessex) was alongside her husband, Prince Edward. At the time, the BBC reported that Kate stayed behind in Windsor to accompany her three children Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis to their first day of school, which was on the same day.

But Jobson says that Charles asked Kate not to come so Harry would not bring Meghan: “Harry was insisting Meghan travel with him to Scotland as the Queen’s life ebbed away, but the King said it was only for the children and grandchildren to be with the Queen,” he says. “Privately, he wanted to say Meghan was not welcome, but he couldn’t say that to Harry, so he personally intervened and asked Kate to stay back so that it was fairer on Meghan.”

Jobson adds that “Kate deliberately stayed away, but she desperately wanted to be there with the Queen in her last moments. That’s eaten Kate up and has built up resentment towards Meghan.”

Harry and Meghan, who of course now reside in the U.S., happened to be in the U.K. for work during the Queen’s final days. And, while Harry will be in attendance at his father’s Coronation next month in London, Meghan will stay behind at home in California. 

Rachel Burchfield
Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor

Rachel Burchfield is a writer, editor, and podcaster whose primary interests are fashion and beauty, society and culture, and, most especially, the British Royal Family and other royal families around the world. She serves as Marie Claire’s Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor and has also contributed to publications like Allure, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, People, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and W, among others. Before taking on her current role with Marie Claire, Rachel served as its Weekend Editor and later Royals Editor. She is the cohost of Podcast Royal, a show that was named a top five royal podcast by The New York Times. A voracious reader and lover of books, Rachel also hosts I’d Rather Be Reading, which spotlights the best current nonfiction books hitting the market and interviews the authors of them. Rachel frequently appears as a media commentator, and she or her work has appeared on outlets like NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, CNN, and more.