Has Meghan Markle ever stayed with the Queen at Balmoral?

The Queen spends her annual summer vacation at Balmoral, her Scottish estate, with members of her family, including grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

After stepping down from royal duties in March 2020, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex now reside in the United States.

After welcoming their daughter, Lilibet, just two months ago, it appears unlikely that Prince Harry and Meghan will be joining Her Majesty in Scotland this summer. However, royal fans may be wondering if the Duchess has ever visited Balmoral.

While the Sussexes have never been photographed on the Queen’s estate, Harry and Meghan are said to have taken a relaxing break at Balmoral shortly after their wedding in May 2018.

The couple is said to have spent time with the monarch during her summer break, after staying with the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at the Castle of Mey, the Queen Mother’s former residence on Scotland’s north coast, according to The Sunday Times at the time.

BALMORAL, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 10: Prince Charles In Kilt And Sporran And Shepherd's Crook Walking Stick With Prince William & Prince Harry At Polvier, By The River Dee, Balmoral Castle Estate. Prince William's Dog Widgeon (black Labrador) And Prince Charles's Jack Russell Dog Called Tigga (tigger) Are With Them (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)

In the summer of 2019, Harry and Meghan were still carrying out official engagements while adjusting to life as new parents to baby Archie in Windsor. They were unable to join the Queen at Balmoral over the August Bank Holiday weekend due to Harry’s attendance at the Rugby League Challenge Cup Final.

Meghan, meanwhile, returned to work in September 2019 after maternity leave, launching a capsule clothing collection with Smart Works before embarking on her and Harry’s royal tour of Africa.

Last summer, the couple reportedly accepted an invitation to Balmoral but were unable to travel due to travel restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.

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While Harry has visited the United Kingdom twice this year, for the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh and to unveil a statue of his late mother, Princess Diana, it is unclear when he and Meghan will return with their young family.

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