Prince Harry Wants to Reunite with the Royal Family, Royal Expert Says
A royal expert believes that Prince Harry is eager to be reunited with his aging grandparents, and spend Christmas at Sandringham with his wife and child.
In January 2020 the world was aghast when Prince Harry announced that he and his wife, former actress Meghan Markle were stepping down as senior members of the Royal Family and moving to North America.
Equally surprised was his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, who, it is said knew nothing of her favorite grandson's plans. Since March 2020, the Dukes of Sussex have been living in the US, but royal expert Ingrid Seward believes they will return to the UK.
Queen Elizabeth II with Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex at the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor at Windsor Castle in 2019 | Source: Getty Images
Prince Harry and his wife of two years moved to her native California in March 2020 after abdicating his position in the line of succession to the British Throne and becoming a private citizen.
Since then, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex haven't been back to the United Kingdom. The Prince is particularly close to the Queen and is said to be her favorite grandchild, and the separation can't be easy for either side.
The Duchess and the Prince might be reluctant to return to the UK since Harry stepped down from his position to protect his wife from the virulent attacks by the British press
PRINCE PHILLIP'S BIRTHDAY
Seward pointed out that the Queen and Prince Phillip's advanced age makes a reunion with his grandparents time-sensitive for Prince Harry. Prince Phillip turned 99 in 2020 and is a scant 6 months away from turning 100, and the Queen is 94 years old.
Although the Dukes called Prince Phillip on his birthday, and he chatted with Archie, it's not quite the same thing as being with his grandson and great-grandson.
THE SANDRINGHAM CHRISTMAS
Another important milestone is coming up according to Seward, and Prince Harry will be away from his family, and the traditional Christmas celebration at Sandringham, the Queen's Norfolk estate. Seward said:
"I'm sure Harry wants to see his grandfather and I'm sure Meghan wants the grandparents of Archie to see him."
REUNITING THE FAMILY
Seward believes there will be a gesture from the Queen, inviting the Sussexes to Sandringham, where Harry has spent all his Christmasses, even though the Sussexes have announced they will spend the 2020 Christmas in California because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Duchess of Sussex's mother Doria Raglan has also been a guest at the Sandringham Christmases, and the family is sure to visit the United Kingdom for Prince Phillip's 100 birthday celebration, if not before.
It remains to be seen how the Royal Family will handle what is a sensitive situation since the Sussexes are more than ever stepping out of the mold, and breaking protocol.
The Duchess and the Prince might be reluctant to return to the UK since Harry stepped down from his position to protect his wife from the virulent attacks by the British press, whom he blames for the death of his mother, Princess Diana.