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ET Online: Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Plan to Return to the UK This Summer for Family Events

Mabale Moloi
Jan 12, 2021
02:10 A.M.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle plan to visit the UK this summer. Amongst the list of events, they will attend, is the Queen's 95th birthday. Harry will reportedly look to extend their agreed-upon deal to live independently of the family. 

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have reportedly planned to return to the UK this June, following a year after vacating their duties as senior members of the Royal Family, to live their own lives in the US.  

 According to Royal biographer, Andy Morton, the Duke, and Duchess of Sussex wish to attend The Queen's ceremonial birthday parade on April 21 as well as The Duke of Edinburgh's 100th birthday celebration in June. 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during their engagement announcement at Kensington Palace in London, 27 November, 2017. | Photo: Getty Images.

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July 1 will see the Royal Family commemorate what would have been Prince Harry's mother, Princess Diana's 60th birthday, by unveiling a statue of her.  

A source close to the Royals said several members of the Royal Family are excited to see the Duke and Duchess and their 1-year-old son, Archie. The source added: 

"There are lots of family events that the duke and duchess hope they can attend, of course given the state of the world due to COVID-19, it is still early to be planning travel." 

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In December, The Sun reported that Prince Harry and Markle were seeking to lengthen their 1-year deal, which released them from their Royal duties. The deal expires on 31 March 2021. 

At the time of the deal, the Duke and Duchess had planned to divide their time between the US and the UK but ended up spending all their time in their newly purchased Santa Barabra home due to Coronavirus travel restrictions. 

They officially gave up their HRH titles in April.

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Royal expert Katie Nicholl has also revealed that Prince Harry (36) and Markle (39) indulged in phone calls and video chats over Christmas with Prince Harry's brother, Prince William, and his wife, Kate Middleton.

This is indicative of a marked improvement in the relationship between the brothers. Prince William was angered and let down by his younger brother's decision, with Nicholl adding:

"The relationship is much better than it was. They do speak relatively regularly." 

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Prince Harry and Markle made their final public appearance in March last year, including attending the Endeavor Fund Awards in London. They officially gave up their HRH titles in April. 

Since then, the pair have secured deals with Netflix ($134million) and Spotify ($40million), which saw them build their $14million Montecito mansion and payback British taxpayers for renovating their Frogmore cottage. 

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It's safe to say that the young Royals' plans are centered heavily around the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As it stands, the UK is in its third lockdown, with visitors entering the country from the US required to be in quarantine for ten days upon arriving.

For those leaving the UK bound for other places in the UK, current restrictions require one to produce a negative test result no more than three days before boarding their flight. 

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