The mysterious absence of Kate Middleton as Queen Elizabeth is on the verge of passing away: The reasons that leave fans curious and concerned!

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Martin Meissner/AP/Shutterstock (13401795ar) Britain's King Charles III, from bottom left, Camilla, the Queen Consort, Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex watch as the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is placed into the hearse following the state funeral service in Westminster Abbey in central London . The Queen, who died aged 96 on Sept. 8, will be buried at Windsor alongside her late husband, Prince Philip, who died last year Royals Funeral, London, United Kingdom - 19 Sep 2022

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A new book is shedding light on why Kate Middleton didn’t travel to Scotland with Prince William on the day Queen Elizabeth died.

In an excerpt of royal biographer Robert Hardman’s book, The Making of a King: King Charles III and the Modern Monarchy (out Jan. 18), in the Daily Mail on Friday, the author touches on the events surrounding the death of Queen Elizabeth on Sept. 8, 2022.

As William, 41, and other members of the royal family rushed to be by the Queen’s side in Balmoral after doctors announced they were “concerned” for her health, the soon-to-be Princess of Wales, 42, chose to stay home in Windsor with the couple’s children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.

It was the start of a new term at a new school for the three siblings and Kate decided that one parent should be with the children on such an important day, according to the excerpt.

Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, accompanied by their parents Prince William and Kate Middleton arrive for an introduction day at Lambrook School on September 7, 2022.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Prince William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales during a lunch held for governors-general of the Commonwealth nations at Buckingham Palace on September 17, 2022 in London, England. Foreign dignitaries, heads of state and other VIPs are among the thousands who have visited Westminster Hall to view Queen Elizabeth II lying in state prior to her funeral on Monday. The 96-year-old monarch died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau - WPA Pool/Getty Images); MAIDENHEAD, ENGLAND - JULY 15: Queen Elizabeth II smiles during a visit to officially open the new building at Thames Hospice on July 15, 2022 in Maidenhead, England. (Photo by Kirsty O'Connor-WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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In 2022, reports indicated that Meghan Markle had been requested to stay behind while Prince Harry made his journey to Scotland, with the perception that Kate was also excluded for similar reasons. But according to royal biographer Hardman, Kate made the decision herself.

“It was by luck rather than judgement, but it made it a lot easier to tell Harry he was coming alone,” a royal aide says in the new book.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Queen Elizabeth’s funeral in Sept. 2022. Martin Meissner/AP/Shutterstock

Harry recounted the day that his grandmother died in his memoir, Spare, released last January. Harry and Meghan, who live in California, were in the U.K. with a scheduled charity event appearance in London when he got a call from his father saying “Granny’s health had taken a turn.”

Harry wrote, “She was up at Balmoral, of course. Those beautiful, melancholy late-summer days. He hung up—he had many other calls to make — and I immediately texted Willy to ask whether he and Kate were flying up. If so, when? And how? No response. Meg and I looked at flight options.”

“Then another call came from Pa,” the Duke of Sussex continued. “He said I was welcome at Balmoral, but he didn’t want…her. He started to lay out his reason, which was nonsensical, and disrespectful, and I wasn’t having it. Don’t ever speak about my wife that way.”

“He stammered, apologetic, saying he simply didn’t want a lot of people around. No other wives were coming, Kate wasn’t coming, he said, therefore Meg shouldn’t,” the text continued. “Then that’s all you needed to say.”

King Charles, Queen Camilla, Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex at Queen Elizabeth’s funeral in Sept. 2022. Andy Stenning –

Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis (C), accompanied by their parents the Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, arrive for a settling in afternoon at Lambrook School

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Prince Harry chartered a flight by himself, and news of Queen Elizabeth’s death broke publicly while he was in the air.

According to the Daily Mail’s excerpt of The Making of a King, a member of the palace staff says that Charles had been urgently trying to make contact with Harry.

“There were repeated attempts to get through to him but no calls were going through because Harry was airborne,’ the official says.

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