Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Won’t Bring Archie to the U.K. for Their Final Royal Engagements

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry are finishing out their final engagements as senior working members of the British Royal Family. Unfortunately, the transition hasn’t been as smooth as everyone had hoped it would be. When the duo first announced their intent to step down as full-time working royals, it shocked Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, and Prince William.

Though the tension seemed to ease in the weeks that followed, things took a turn for the worse when the queen banned the Sussexes from using their Sussex Royal brand after April 1. In a very terse statement following the revelation, the duke and duchess revealed they would no longer be using “royal” in their branding. However, they made it clear that the royal family couldn’t really stop them if they wanted to.

Now, it appears that in a slight to the royal family, the Sussexes have decided to leave their young son, Archie Harrison, in Canada while they complete their final royal duties.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s final royal schedule is insanely busy

Even if the Sussexes had decided to bring Archie with them to the U.K., they would be spending very little time with their son due to their schedules. Prince Harry is already back in his homeland — he recently teamed up with Jon Bon Jovi for the Invictus Games Choir Visit.

On March 5, the prince will be joined by the duchess and they will attend the Endeavour Fund Awards together. The awards celebrate members of the Armed Forces Community who were injured or fell ill in service.

On March 6, the Duke of Sussex will appear at the official opening of Silverstone Experience with Formula 1 champion, Lewis Hamilton. Then on March 7, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will attend the Mountbatten Music Festival at the Royal Albert Hall.

International Women’s Day falls on March 8 — and the duchess has something up her sleeve for that. Then, on March 9, the couple will attend the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey with Queen Elizabeth.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will be leaving Archie in Canda

Baby Archie has remained in Canada since late last year under the care of the duchess’ best friend, Jessica Mulroney. According to The Sunday Times, he won’t be returning across the pond any time soon. “When the Duchess of Sussex returns to the UK from Canada for a final round of engagements with Prince Harry, who arrived last week, she is expected — again — to leave behind their nine-month-old son,” they reported.

The Sussexes have made it clear that one of their main reasons for stepping down is to protect Archie from the spotlight and going through the things that Prince Harry went through as a child.

Queen Elizabeth is sad she won’t be seeing Archie

Queen Elizbeth is terribly disappointed she won’t’ be seeing her great-grandson anytime soon. A source told The Sunday Times, “She will be very sad to have barely seen Archie and that he will miss out on growing up with his cousins and wider family.”

Prior to Megxit — Kate, Duchess of Cambridge had hoped to spend more time with Archie and the Duchess of Sussex. Hopefully, when all of the Megxit drama dies down, all the royals — regardless of status will spend some time together.