Meghan Markle Will Stay In U.S. When Prince Harry Returns To U.K.
Meghan Markle isn't joining Prince Harry when he returns to the United Kingdom in the summer to attend royal family events, but the Duke of Sussex will also not be bringing his son, Archie, when he comes home after more than a year in the U.S.
According to reports, the Sussex family's travel plans aren't finalized. However, major considerations will be given to the ongoing travel restrictions due to the pandemic.
The initial plan for Meghan to stay in the U.S. is not a snub of the royal family. A source said that the Sussexes want to avoid a "diplomatic headache" that may distract from the significance of the events.
The insider also said this was a practical and personal call from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Apparently, they don't want to repeat what happened during their final royal engagement in 2020 during the Commonwealth Service, where Prince William and Kate Middleton barely acknowledged Harry and Meghan.
Meghan's return might also "overshadow" Prince Philip's 100th birthday and the Trooping the Colour parade for Queen Elizabeth's birthday. The insider said that people could be more focused on finding the drama even as Meghan is welcome at these royal events as well.
But following reports of the couple's plan, Meghan has already received criticisms from royal commentators. TalkRadiohosts Kevin O'Sullivan and Charlie Rae still saw the move as a "staggering and disgraceful" snub of Queen Elizabeth and the royal family significantly because it was the Queen who extended the invitation to both Meghan and Harry to these events.
O'Sullivan and Rae also said that Meghan's camp "leaked" this decision so the public could be "ready" for it. The commentators also noted that the Queen and Prince Charles haven't seen Archie grow up in person since he left the U.K. at six months old.
Meanwhile, Harry is expected to stay at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor when he returns to the U.K. Princess Eugenie and her husband, Jack Brooksbank, are believed to be moving into the same property after the birth of their first child this February.
Harry and Meghan have given Eugenie and Jack permission to live in Frogmore Cottage since the Sussexes will be mostly based in America. Reports cited that the Brooksbank pair is currently staying at the Royal Lodge within the Windsor estate as well. They want to be in the same household bubble with Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, Eugenie's parents, in the first few weeks of the birth, but they are set to move to Frogmore eventually. (Business Times)