Meghan Markle ‘unlikely’ to join Prince Harry on return to the UK for Royal Family reunion later this year
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Meghan Markle is reportedly “unlikely” to join her husband Prince Harry as he returns to the UK to reunite with the Royal Family later this year.
The Duchess of Sussex’s husband Harry, 36, is said to be “almost certainly” likely to travel to the UK alone, to spend time with his family after stepping down from his role as a senior royal last year.
Multiple sources are understood to have claimed Meghan, 39, and Harry are yet to finalise the travel plans, much of which depends on the pandemic and travel restrictions, Mail Online has reported.
But, it’s understood Harry, who recently was said to be heartbroken over his rift with the Royal Family, will fly to the UK without Meghan and their son Archie, one, after the Queen invited the couple to her official birthday parade.
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A source said: “It should be strongly stressed that there is still an element of uncertainty about this because of the unpredictable Covid situation, but the understanding is the Duke is more than likely to come back on his own.
“This is a personal and practical decision by the couple, but it would certainly help officials navigate what is likely to be a fairly tricky situation.”
Another said that despite Prince Harry and Prince William reportedly reconnecting over Christmas, there is still a “great deal of distance” between the pair.
The insider told the publication: “Her Majesty made very clear when they left the UK that Harry and Meghan were still much loved members of her own family and would be very welcome to attend family events. That still holds true.
“Practically, however, it comes with the need for a certain amount of diplomacy. There is still a great deal of distance between Harry and many family members, particularly his brother. No one wants a repeat of the Commonwealth Service.”
Meanwhile, a third source said there were concerns that Meghan’s return to the UK would “overshadow” The Queen’s birthday, after the pair were invited to attend the Trooping the Colour event.
While a third said: “Harry wants to come back for The Queen and Prince Philip's big birthdays. But it looks likely it will be just him.
“If Meghan comes back, the feeling is that it would overshadow the occasion. People would only be looking at the 'drama' of it all.
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“Of course she would be welcome, but a decision not to come would postpone that headache for a while at least.”
A representative for Meghan and Harry declined to comment when contacted by OK! online.
Prince Harry is reportedly expected to stay at Frogmore Cottage and Windsor Castle, which is the couple’s base for their UK visits.
Princess Eugenie, who is currently pregnant with her first child, and her husband Jack Brooksbank are currently staying at the cottage.
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