The Times: Meghan Markle, Prince Harry & Baby Archie Will Take Trip Back to the UK at Request of the Queen
The Sussexes, Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and baby Archie, have been summoned back to England at the behest of the Queen, for what would be their last Royal engagement.
Since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle packed up their life in the UK and took their son Archie with them, the American and her baby boy have not stepped foot in England. But that is about to change.
The Queen has requested that the family-of-three join her in London next month, and it's an order they can't disobey. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, with their son, will be in the English capital on March 9th.
THE LAST DUTY
The Sussexes will join Her Majesty the Queen and other senior members of the Royal family for the annual Commonwealth service at Westminster Abbey. They will also be in the company of 53 world leaders from member states.
The trip would be the first time Meghan will step into the UK since the "Megxit." It would also mark her and Prince Harry's last duty to the Crown and the people of England.
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✈️🎖The Queen, Honorary Air Commodore visited @rafmarham in Norfolk today. The Royal Family have long supported the air base. Swipe ➡️ to see a photograph of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother visiting personnel in 1988. RAF Marham is a military airbase, with over 3600 working personnel. The airbase provides engineering support across the RAF and is home to the F-35B Lightning, a military aircraft. The Queen visited the Integrated Training Centre, which provides future pilots with thorough training and enables them to qualify as a Lightning Plane pilot. Her Majesty watched a demonstration of simulation-based training. This special training enables new pilots to practice flying planes without being in the air.
CHANGE IS CONSTANT
The couple attended last year's service in the company of Prince William and Kate Middleton. The former actress was heavily pregnant with baby Archie at the time.
The monarch and her grandson found a way forward, but with some sacrifices.
A lot has changed since then, with the family-of-three making Canada their home and becoming financially independent of the Crown. Meghan and Harry recently had a public speaking engagement at a conference organized by JP Morgan.
THEY MIGHT BECOME TACKY
The couple got paid $1 million for the Miami-held conference. While the two seem to be taking advantage of the Sussex brand, The Daily Mail reported that experts think they might get perceived as "Tacky."
According to the news outlet, PR guru, Mark Borowski, believes that Meghan and Harry might "Slip up" along the way if all their clients are not as wealthy as JP Morgan. The expert also thinks that they might run out of things to say.
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Happy Heritage Day South Africa! 🇿🇦 • Today we are celebrating the great diversity of cultures, beliefs and traditions that make up the rainbow nation. Bo Kaap streets filled with colour and music while Their Royal Highnesses were welcomed to one of the most vibrant neighbourhoods in Cape Town. The area has seen inter-community tension rise over the last few years, yet days like today show how faith, traditions, food and music bring people together, and celebrate the things that unite each and every one of us. The Duke and Duchess are so happy to have been invited to the festivities in Bo Kaap today, and were overwhelmed by the amazing welcome. #RoyalVisitSouthAfrica • Photo ©️ photos PA images / SussexRoyal
THE WAY FORWARD
The parents-of-one made their plan to become financially independent known when they announced their step down. They noted that they would pursue personal ventures going forward.
The "Megxit' led to a lot of contention within the Royal family, but the Queen eventually gave the couple her blessing. The monarch and her grandson found a way forward, but with some sacrifices.
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“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image © PA
Harry had to give up the use of his HRH title, as well as honorary military appointments. He also lost his Youth Ambassadorship to the commonwealth.
The losses pale in comparison to the new life the Duke now has with Meghan and their son. After the Commonwealth service, the trio will go back to life in Canada and to everything the future has in store for them.