After a tumultuous few weeks thanks to the Megxit drama, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle appear to be on good terms with Queen Elizabeth. According to a new report, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have accepted an invitation from the Monarch to spend part of the summer at Balmoral castle in Scotland.
The Sunday Times reports that if Harry and Meghan have accepted the invitation, they will bring along their 10-month-old son Archie Harrison. This would be his first trip to his great-grandma’s summer home in the Scottish Highlands, as they turned down the invitation to visit Balmoral last summer.
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This afternoon, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on Commonwealth Day, alongside Her Majesty The Queen and Members of The Royal Family. The Commonwealth is a global network of 54 countries, working in collaboration towards shared economic, environmental, social and democratic goals, and the Service today seeks to highlight the vast community which spans every geographical region, religion and culture, embracing diversity amongst its population of 2.4 billion people, of which 60 percent are under 30 years old. As President and Vice-President of the @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been passionate advocates of the Commonwealth having spent many years working closely with the next generation of Commonwealth leaders. The theme of the Commonwealth for 2020 is ‘Delivering A Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming', placing emphasis on youth, the environment, trade, governance, and ICT (Information and Communications Technology) and innovation. From working to protect the earth's natural resources and preserving the planet for generations to come, to championing fair trade and empowering the youth of today to transform the communities of tomorrow, the Service celebrates the Commonwealth's continued commitment to delivering a peaceful, prosperous and more sustainable future for all. Photo © PA
Earlier this month Prince Harry and Meghan Markle returned to the UK for their final round of engagements as senior members of the royal family. They will officially step down from their positions on March 31st.
However, despite their decision to leave their roles and split their time between North America and the UK, an insider says that Harry and Meghan are still “much-loved members of the family.”
“That stuff runs deep. There is an element of working things through,” an insider told People magazine.
When Harry and Meghan were in the UK for their final royal engagements, the Queen invited them to church and they were part of the annual Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey. The couple left Archie Harrison with his nanny in Canada due to concerns of coronavirus.
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This morning, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was christened in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle at an intimate service officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are so happy to share the joy of this day with members of the public who have been incredibly supportive since the birth of their son. They thank you for your kindness in welcoming their first born and celebrating this special moment. Their Royal Highnesses feel fortunate to have enjoyed this day with family and the godparents of Archie. Their son, Archie, was baptised wearing the handmade replica of the royal christening gown which has been worn by royal infants for the last 11 years. The original Royal Christening Robe, made of fine Honiton lace lined with white satin, was commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1841 and first worn by her eldest daughter. It was subsequently worn for generations of Royal christenings, including The Queen, her children and her grandchildren until 2004, when The Queen commissioned this handmade replica, in order for the fragile historic outfit to be preserved, and for the tradition to continue. Photo credit: Chris Allerton ©️SussexRoyal
While they were away from Archie, the Duke and Duchess reportedly FaceTimed with their son every day. And, as soon as they finished their final royal engagement on March 9th, they headed straight home to Canada.
Rumors have also swirled that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were looking for a summer home in Los Angeles so they could be close to her mom, Doria Ragland.
“This is what Meghan and Harry have always wanted — to create their own life,” claims an insider. “It’s got to feel like an immense relief to get out of the U.K. and go down their own path.”
A second source added that the Duke and Duchess love being in Canada, but they will likely have homes in both the Great White North and Los Angeles.