Prince Harry and Meghan Markle May Have to Disappoint Queen Elizabeth Again
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reportedly had plans to visit Queen Elizabeth at Balmoral Castle this summer. The visit would have been the couple’s first big trip to the United Kingdom since their exit from the royal family became official on March 31. But given how the entire world is still dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, the Sussexes may have to cancel their royal plans altogether.
Queen Elizabeth invites Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to Balmoral Castle
Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, are now living in Los Angeles. The couple moved to the area after spending several months at a rented home on Vancouver Island. Prince Harry and Meghan flew out of Canada right before the borders closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have kept a low profile in recent weeks, though they have done work helping people affected by the current crisis. This includes dropping off food packages to families in need.
Members of the royal family, meanwhile, have been living in isolation in the UK. Prince William and Kate Middleton are at their country estate, Anmer Hall, while Queen Elizabeth is staying at Windsor Castle with her husband, Prince Philip.
Sources say that Her Majesty invited Harry and Meghan to spend the summer with her at Balmoral Castle earlier this year. Queen Elizabeth spends every summer at her Scottish estate, where other members of the royal family typically join her.
Last year, for example, she invited Prince Harry and Meghan to Balmoral with the newest addition to their family, Archie Harrison. The couple declined the invitation because Harry was set to appear at the Rugby League Challenge Cup Final.
Harry and Meghan might cancel their summer plans
In March, Queen Elizabeth reportedly sent Prince Harry and Meghan an invitation to see her at Balmoral. This, of course, was before the coronavirus pandemic put the entire world in a lockdown.
According to Hello Magazine, royal expert Danielle Stacey believes that the Sussexes will likely cancel their summer plans due to the pandemic. Even Queen Elizabeth might be forced to stay at Windsor Castle for several more months.
“It seems unlikely that the Sussexes or any member of the royal family will be traveling this summer. The Queen is expected to remain at Windsor Castle for the foreseeable future and it could mean that her traditional summer break in Balmoral might not even take place this year,” Stacey shared.
Stacey added that Queen Elizabeth is following the advice of medical professionals, especially when it comes to future royal engagements. Her Majesty has canceled most of her upcoming events, including Trooping the Colour.
To stay in contact with other members of the royal family, Queen Elizabeth has been using video and phone calls. She is also reportedly fulfilling her royal duties and will continue to do so until the crisis is over.
The royals have not commented on the reports surrounding Harry and Meghan’s summer plans. Some experts believe that Queen Elizabeth might stay at Windsor Castle as late as October.
Has Prince Harry been staying in touch with his family?
While Queen Elizabeth has been in contact with most members of the royal family, fans have been wondering if Harry and Prince William are back on speaking terms. The brothers have been the subjects of a slew of feud rumors over the past few years, and it sounds like things may have finally smoothed over.
According to ET Online, royal expert Katie Nicholl claims that Prince Harry and Prince William are “back in touch.” The brothers apparently reached out after Prince Charles tested positive for the coronavirus. Although certain issues remain, Nicholl revealed that they have been in contact in recent weeks.
“There have been clearly some quite major rifts in that relationship, but things have got better and I know that William and Harry are in touch on the phone,” she stated. “They have done video calls together, they have done a lot of family birthdays and I think with Prince Charles not being well, that really forced the brothers to pick up the phone and get back in touch.”
Nicholl noted that Harry and William started working on their fractured relationship a few months back. And now that Harry is feeling a little homesick, the timing was perfect for them to reconnect.
The royal expert believes that the Sussexes enjoyed a video call with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in celebration of Archie’s first birthday. Queen Elizabeth also reportedly took part in a Zoom meeting with Prince Harry and Meghan on Archie’s big day.