Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Taking Six Week Break From Royal Life: What They Have Planned

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are reportedly planning a much-deserved break from their royal duties, with an upcoming sabbatical to the U.S., where they’ll spend the Thanksgiving holiday. Find out more about Prince Harry, Markle, and baby Archie’s trip to the states and why it’s so necessary for them as a family.

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Prince Harry and Markle are taking “family time”

According to a report from The Sunday Times, Prince Harry and Markle will be bringing Archie to the U.S. for the first time, with a six-week break, beginning in November through the Christmas holiday.

A royal source confirmed the visit with PEOPLE, noting: “The duke and duchess have a full schedule of engagements and commitments until mid-November, after which they will be taking some much-needed family time.”

The couple are expected to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, at her California home, and return to England to spend Christmas with Queen Elizabeth and the royal family.

The trip to the states comes on the heels of the Sussexes’ legal action against the tabloid that printed Markle’s private letter to her father, Thomas Markle. Prince Harry wrote an emotional statement that took aim at the media for bullying his wife, drawing comparisons to the way his mother, Princess Diana, was harassed by the press.

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Today, we are excited to be able to announce details for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s upcoming tour to Africa! • In just two weeks, Their Royal Highnesses will embark on this official tour focusing on community, grassroots leadership, women’s and girls’ rights, mental health, HIV/AIDS and the environment. This programme has been many months in the making, and The Duke and Duchess are eager to focus their energies on the great work being done in Southern Africa. From meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu to joining ‘Waves for Change’ on Monwabisi Beach, the South Africa programme will be educational and inspiring. The Duke is especially proud to continue the legacy left by his mother with her work in Angola as he joins Halo Trust again in an effort to rid the world of landmines. HRH will also travel to Malawi where he will check in on the British Army’s partnership with African Parks and will be working on the ground supporting local communities. The Duke is particularly proud to be able to deliver an exciting new initiative, a Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy three-country partnership which he designed and consulted with Governments in Namibia, Botswana and Angola to protect forest and wildlife corridors around the Okavango Delta. The Duchess will be working with local organisations to promote women and girls’ health and education, entrepreneurship and leadership. With such a textured culture and history, Their Royal Highnesses are grateful for the opportunity to connect with those on the ground in Southern Africa and to be inspired by the work being done and learn how they can be better supported. As President and Vice President of The Queens Commonwealth Trust and The Duke’s role as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, The Duke and Duchess cannot wait to meet with young leaders mobilising change and adding to the beauty of these Commonwealth countries • “We look forward to seeing you soon!” • Photo ©️ PA images / Tim Graham – Getty Images / @Sentebale /@AfricanParksNetwork / @YouthAlert

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“Not many people have asked if I’m OK”

In a trailer for the ITV documentary Harry and Meghan: An African JourneyMarkle shared the devastating impact of experiencing constant scrutiny from the media and public.

She shared: “Any woman, especially when they’re pregnant, you’re really vulnerable and so that was made really challenging. And then when you have a newborn, you know… especially as a woman, it’s really, it’s a lot, so you add this on top of just trying to be a new mom or trying to be a newlywed its, yeah, well I guess.”

Markle told the interviewer, “And also thank you for asking because not many people have asked if I’m OK. But it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes.”

When the interviewer asked, “And the answer is? Would it be fair to say, ‘Not really OK,’ as in, it’s really been a struggle?,” she answered, “yes.”

Prince Harry and Markle are “struggling”

Tom Bradby, who followed their royal tour of Africa for the documentary, provided more insight about his interviews with the couple. He wrote in The Sunday Times: “But I couldn’t quite shake a sense of sadness, too, at the powerful impression that this young family, happy in themselves, is struggling to adapt to life in the spotlight.”

He recalled: “Can you cope with this, I asked Meghan at the end? I don’t know, her demeanor seemed to suggest, I just don’t know. We are, she said, taking it one day at a time.”

Bradby continued: “As we lifted off for home, I found myself left with a single question: if they can’t cope with this; if it is, as she says, existing not living; what then?”

He noted that the documentary shows the Sussexes are “more vulnerable and bruised than the spoilt, petulant, arrogant and entitled caricatures that are sometimes tied to the public whipping post.”