Royal biographer Tom Bower claimed the Duchess of Sussex said her three-month-old son was “too young” to get the plane to Scotland for a break at the Queen’s private residence in the summer of 2019. However, he highlighted how Meghan and Prince Harry went on holiday to Ibiza with Archie.
Mr Bower claimed that Meghan turned down Balmoral “in revenge” for Prince William and Kate being seen taking a budget airline flight to Aberdeen amid a row over Harry’s private jet use while preaching about the environment.
Writing in Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the War Between the Windsors, Mr Bower said: “In revenge, Meghan promptly announced that her family would not, after all, follow the Cambridges to Balmoral.
“Archie, she explained, was too young at three months to travel by plane to Scotland.
“Instead, she flew with Archie to Ibiza.”
Speaking at the launch of his sustainable travel initiative Travalyst in September 2019, Harry defended his use of private jets when asked about his travel behaviour amid reports he and Meghan flew privately four times in 11 days for summer holidays.
The Duke insisted he travels by commercial “99 percent” of the time but sometimes needs to use a private jet to “ensure that my family are safe”.
The Queen traditionally spends the summer in Balmoral on holiday where she is joined by other members of the Royal Family.
Harry and Meghan enjoyed a break in the Scottish Highlands in 2018 months after their royal wedding but have not been back since.
Mr Bower’s claims come amid reports the monarch has invited the Sussexes to join her this year with their children Archie and Lilibet.
A Balmoral insider told the Sun: “Staff have been told to expect the full list of royals including Harry, Meghan and their children Archie and Lilibet.
“They are preparing for the Sussexes.”
Another insider said: “Balmoral is the perfect place for them to spend a little bit of quality time with the Queen.
“They barely had 15 minutes with her at the Jubilee.”
But a third source added: “I would be stunned if they did turn up.”
The offer would reportedly see Harry and Meghan visit when other senior royals are not around.
The Sussexes are living in California after quitting royal duties in 2020.
They returned to Britain with Archie and Lili for the first time since Megxit for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations last month.
Express.co.uk has contacted the Sussexes for comment.