Royal expert reveals car ride that left Meghan Markle 'shaken'

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Meghan Markle was reportedly left ‘shaken’ after travelling alone with Prince Harry’s aunt Sophie, Countess of Wessex, this week.

The unlikely pair sat side by side in their vehicle during the procession where the Queen’s coffin was moved from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall.

Meghan Markle and Sophie, Countess of Wessex travelling in a black car
Royal fans were shocked to see Meghan Markle travelling with Sophie, Countess of Wessex. Photo: Getty

Meghan and Sophie looked sombre in their black mourning dresses, with their hair neatly tucked into low buns and wearing minimal accessories.

According to royal expert Neil Sean, the Duchess of Sussex had expected to travel with Harry.

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“When [Harry] agreed to walk behind the coffin of the late Queen all that changed, causing Meghan to have, some say, a slight ‘moment’,” Neil wrote for Fox News.

Meghan, I am told, was left ‘shaken’ by the incident.”

Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Meghan Markle in a car. Photo: Getty
The royals looked forlorn as they arrived at Westminster. Photo: Getty

Sophie is known for her extremely close relationship with the Queen, and previously poked fun at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.

In a profile written by Camilla Tominey for The Telegraph in 2021, Prince Edward and Sophie were asked if they had watched Meghan and Harry’s explosive interview.

"Oprah who?" the Earl of Wessex quipped, before Sophie added, “Yes, what interview?”

Royal commentator Neil went on to add that ‘no words were spoken’ during Sophie and Meghan’s car ride, and says Meghan may find herself in this position again.

If Harry is asked to perform another duty at the Queen’s funeral, Meghan will be left ‘vulnerable’ and unable to travel with the Duke of Sussex.

The royal family walk in a procession as the Queen's coffin arrives at Westminster. Photo: Getty
Meghan and Harry have been forced to put on a united front with the royal family. Photo: Getty

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This comes after it was announced Harry would be allowed to wear his military uniform during a special vigil to honour the Queen on Saturday.

Prince William, Harry and their cousins will take part in the special 15-minute vigil at Westminster Hall on Saturday, where they will stand beside the Queen's coffin in silence, mirroring the Vigil of the Princes.

The Vigil of the Princes saw King Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward stand guard at St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh earlier this week. They will repeat the vigil at Westminster Hall on Friday night.

Prince Andrew has controversially been allowed to wear his military uniform for the Westminster Hall vigil despite stepping back from royal duties in the wake of his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein and the sexual assault allegations that followed.

Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle look solemn as the men do a salute. Photo: Getty
Harry will be allowed to wear his military uniform on Saturday. Photo: Getty

Harry, however, was not granted the same exception for events in the lead-up to the Queen's funeral, with a spokesperson hitting back, "Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex will wear a morning suit throughout events honouring his grandmother.

"His decade of military service is not determined by the uniform he wears and we respectfully ask that focus remain on the life and legacy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II."

Now that Harry will be allowed to wear his uniform for the special vigil, a source told The Mirror, "Common sense has prevailed.

"It was a ludicrous situation given the Duke of Sussex has served his country and is a highly respected member of the armed forces with everything he has done for veterans.

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