Queen Elizabeth II is excited to host Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and baby Archie Harrison at Balmoral this summer, but the metropolitan Duchess could find the rural trip tough, one royal commentator has claimed. While Meghan claims to be a fan of the big outdoors, she may not be cut out for Balmoral. However, if she is not a fan of Balmoral it seems she will not be the first.
The late Princess Diana and former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher are among guests who have not enjoyed Balmoral in the past.
In his memoirs, ex-PM Tony Blair also revealed he struggled to feel at ease during visits to the Aberdeenshire castle where the Queen is in her element.
Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams claimed Princess Diana “hated” Balmoral and that Meghan Markle may feel the same.
Meghan Markle vs Princess Diana: Could Meghan hate Balmoral trip as much as Diana?
Mr Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk: “It would seem likely that Harry and Meghan will take Archie to Balmoral this year to be with the Queen, especially as this will be a special time for them with Archie born so recently.
“The Queen is able to relax there as the politicians too take a break.
“We won’t be told any details but would be interesting to know how Meghan, a city dweller, fares at Balmoral.
“Diana initially appeared to enjoy it there but subsequently hated it.
“Meghan has faced considerable criticism in recent months with her recent guest editorship of British Vogue having a generally hostile reception.
“The Queen is obviously fond of her and if reports of their visit are correct will be looking forward to it enormously.”
The Queen usually spends from August to October at Balmoral and during that time she enjoys hosting family members.
Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson joined the Queen in Scotland at the weekend following the sudden death of Prince Andrew’s pal, disgraced financier and paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
Royal insiders claimed Sarah “Fergie” Ferguson left Balmoral yesterday ahead of Prince Philip’s arrival.
While Fergie and Prince Andrew divorced more than 20 years ago, they are still firm friends.
The pair have been swamped by rumours that they could remarry after appearing in public together on multiple occasions in recent months.
There are fears the Queen’s holiday could be cut short this year if she is called back to Westminster to help solve Brexit.
A Remainer plot to topple Boris Johnson before October 31 could force the monarch to intervene.
If a vote of no confidence in Mr Johnson’s government is tabled in September and subsequently lost by the PM then he will face pressure to resign.
If he refuses to do so because of his wish to see Brexit through then the Queen may have to step in to sack him.