King Charles III 'told Prince Harry not to bring Meghan Markle' to Balmoral as Queen Elizabeth II died

King Charles reportedly told Prince Harry not to bring his wife Meghan Markle with him to Balmoral Castle as he rushed to see the dying Queen Elizabeth II

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Before Queen Elizabeth II died on Thursday, members of the Royal Family rushed to Balmoral Castle in a bid to see the monarch in her final moments.

Prince William, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, all made the trip to Scotland.

Prince Harry did the same, amid initial confusion over reports that wife Meghan Markle would be joining him.

But the Duchess of Sussex did not make the trip – and the Duke arrived in the Highlands after Queen Elizabeth II had died.

King Charles III is said to have phoned Prince Harry
King Charles III is said to have phoned Prince Harry
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Now, reports suggest that the monarch's eldest son – King Charles III – phoned Harry to urge him against bringing his wife.

Harry is said to have been at Frogmore Cottage when he received the call.

And, according to The Sun: "Charles told Harry that it wasn't right or appropriate for Meghan to be in Balmoral at such a deeply sad time.

"It was pointed out to him that Kate was not going and that the numbers really should be limited to the very closest family.

"Charles made it very, very clear Meghan would not be welcome."

A statement from Meghan and Harry's team initially read: "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be travelling to Scotland."

Around half an hour later, a spokesman "clarified" that "only the Duke was travelling at the moment".

It comes as senior ministers will attend the Accession Council at St James’s Palace where King Charles will be formally proclaimed sovereign.

They will later travel to Buckingham Palace for an audience with the monarch.

The King last night issued a "solemn pledge to serve" in a moving tribute to Queen Elizabeth II during an address to the nation.

He said: “As the Queen herself did with such unswerving devotion, I too now solemnly pledge myself, throughout the remaining time God grants me, to uphold the Constitutional principles at the heart of our nation.”

The monarch also paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, saying: “Throughout her life, Her Majesty The Queen – my beloved Mother – was an inspiration and example to me and to all my family, and we owe her the most heartfelt debt any family can owe to their mother.”