Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Want to Return to U.K. Soon Over Prince Philip Fears

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex officially stepped down from their roles as senior royals in March and have been living in America ever since. So many royal fans have been wondering when they will return to the U.K.

Well now, it’s being reported that the couple will make the trip across the pond with their son, Archie, sooner than later because of Harry’s grandfather, Prince Philip.

 Prince Philip, Meghan Markle, and Prince Harry
Prince Philip, Meghan Markle, and Prince Harry | Adrian Dennis/AFP via Getty Images

Prince Philip’s reaction to Megxit

When the duke and duchess first announced their plans to step down in January, Prince Philip was apparently blindsided and livid over the situation.

The Daily Mail reported that the Duke of Edinburgh reacted to the news by shouting, “What the hell are they playing at?”

Queen Elizabeth’s husband was later spotted leaving the Sandringham estate ahead of the royal summit between his wife, Prince Charles, Prince William, and Harry and did not look happy.

An insider who spoke to The Sun explained that “a lot of Philip’s anger comes from seeing Her Majesty upset.”

Philip can’t understand why Meghan won’t support the monarchy

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Queen Elizabeth II, and Prince Philip
Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Queen Elizabeth II, and Prince Philip | Adrian Dennis / AFP via Getty Images

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Recent reports claim that Philip does not understand why his granddaughter-in-law didn’t want to stay in the U.K. and support the monarchy the way he did when he married Elizabeth.

“I think [Philip’s] very, very disappointed because I think he feels he gave up his naval career in order to stand by the queen and help the monarchy,” royal biographer Ingrid Seward said via the DailyMail. “And why can’t Meghan just give up her acting career, support her husband and support the monarchy? As he used to say to [Princess] Diana, this is not a popularity contest, this is all of us working together.”

Prince Harry and Meghan ready to travel back to U.K. to spend time with Philip

Prince Harry and Prince Philip
Prince Harry and Prince Philip | Max Mumby/Pool/Indigo/Getty Images

Despite any uproar the Sussexes announcement initially caused, it’s been reported that Harry and his family have been speaking regularly via Zoom calls but the prince wants to return to England soon.

It’s believed that Prince Philip’s advanced age is the reason the Duke of Sussex is so eager to go back to the U.K. Harry has always had a close relationship with his grandfather and wants Archie to be able to spend this Christmas with Prince Philip.

A source told Vanity Fair (per The Express): “There’s a lot of tradition surrounding the holidays with his family, and [Harry and Meghan] have really loved that in the past. With the uncertainty of COVID, they have been taking it one day at a time and are hopeful that they can all go back together and spend it as a family … They are all eager to get back to spend time with Harry’s family and for Archie to see his great-grandmother [Queen Elizabeth II] and great-grandfather [Prince Philip] in particular.”

Prince Philip turned 99 years old in June.