The White House refused Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s request to board Air Force One to return to the United States after the Queen’s funeral for fear that it might spark a ‘commotion,’ according to sources who spoke to

First Lady Jill Biden had also been invited to Harry’s Invictus Games, but the plan was scrapped due to worries that the Royal Family could find her attendance there offensive.

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Both of the unsuccessful campaigns are believed to have been a part of the Sussexes’ effort to achieve political clout in the US as they settled into life in California. According to, which conducted extensive interviews with numerous current and former members of the Biden administration as well as the British government, Meghan publicly lobbied lawmakers on Capitol Hill for paid family leave while also working behind the scenes to establish connections with the Bidens.

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The First Lady also received an intriguing gift to thank her for what was seen as a supportive gesture towards Meghan after her controversial TV interview, according to sources who spoke to When the Queen died last year, the couple’s relationships with the Royal Family were strained since they had criticized members of the Royal Family in an interview with Oprah Winfrey and in Prince Harry’s biography Spare.

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When the Queen passed away on September 8, 2022, Harry and Meghan were in the UK for charitable events. They remained there through the Queen’s funeral on September 19.

Harry and Meghan were not invited to a Buckingham Palace pre-funeral reception where King Charles and Queen Camilla hosted foreign royals and world leaders, including Joe and Jill Biden, prior to the memorial service. The reception was designated “for working members of the royal family,” according to the palace. This choice reportedly left Harry and Meghan “baffled.”