Meghan Markle and Prince Harry cancel UK appearance as they rush to see Queen

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex who are currently on a trip to Europe were due to attend a charity event in London tonight but have changed their plans to rush to see Harry’s 96-year-old grandmother in Scotland. Buckingham Palace shared a rare update just after midday that the Queen is under medical supervision at Balmoral with doctors concerned for her health.

A Palace spokesperson said: “Following further evaluation this morning, the Queen’s doctors are concerned for Her Majesty’s health and have recommended she remain under medical supervision. The Queen remains comfortable and at Balmoral.”

Harry and Meghan, who are living in California after quitting royal duties, were due to attend the WellChild Awards ceremony in London on Thursday evening.

However they have cancelled the last engagement on their mini European tour despite their long-running tensions with the monarchy to see the Queen.

A spokesperson for the couple said: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be travelling to Scotland.”

Heir to the throne Prince Charles and Camilla are already at the Queen’s side.

Prince William, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and Sophie are also all either with the Queen or making their way to Aberdeenshire.

It comes after a busy day for the monarch on Tuesday which saw her appoint Liz Truss as Prime Minister at Balmoral after Boris Johnson tendered his resignation.

She postponed a virtual Privy Council meeting on Wednesday after being advised by royal doctors to rest.

Ms Truss was informed of the update on the Queen as she unveiled her plan to tackle the energy crisis to MPs in the Commons today.

The Prime Minister said: “The whole country will be deeply concerned by the news from Buckingham Palace this lunchtime.

“My thoughts – and the thoughts of people across our United Kingdom – are with Her Majesty The Queen and her family at this time.”

Concern for the Queen’s health has been heightened since she spent a night in hospital last October before pulling out of a series of royal engagements.

The monarch, who is now mainly based at Windsor Castle, has ongoing mobility issues and now regularly uses a walking stick.

She is currently on her summer break in the Scottish Highlands, and not due to return until early October.

The Queen missed the Braemar Gathering highland games last weekend, which she usually attends each year.

Buckingham Palace has declined to give an ongoing commentary on the monarch’s health.

Wellwishers have been taking to social media to share their concern for the monarch.

The Archbishop of Canterbury said the prayers of the country were with the head of state.

The Most Reverend Justin Welby tweeted: “My prayers, and the prayers of people across the @churchofengland and the nation, are with Her Majesty The Queen today.

“May God’s presence strengthen and comfort Her Majesty, her family, and those who are caring for her at Balmoral.”

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said: “Along with the rest of the country, I am deeply worried by the news from Buckingham Palace this afternoon.

“My thoughts are with Her Majesty the Queen and her family at this time, and I join everyone across the United Kingdom in hoping for her recovery.”

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford also shared well wishes for the Queen.

The Royal Family’s website appeared to crash following the news of the nation’s longest-reigning monarch’s health, with an error message reading: “Gateway time-out”.

It comes as the Sussexes arrived in Britain last weekend for their whirlwind working trip.

They stepped out in Manchester for the One Young World summit on Monday, before heading to Dusseldorf in Germany for an Invictus Games event on Tuesday.



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