When Are Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Going Back to the U.K.?

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex shocked the world last year when they announced that they were stepping back from their positions as senior members of the royal family. Since then, the two have lived largely outside of the United Kingdom. When the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic hit and put strict travel restrictions in place, Harry and Meghan were already living in California. So, when will they go back to the U.K.?

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Harry and Meghan Markle’s move to America

At the beginning of 2020, Prince Harry and Meghan decided to shake things up in a major way and leave their royal lives. They had to discuss the terms with Queen Elizabeth II but eventually, they were able to come to an agreement.

“As agreed in this new arrangement, they understand that they are required to step back from Royal duties, including official military appointments,” Buckingham Palace’s official statement regarding the departure read.

“They will no longer receive public funds for Royal duties. With the queen’s blessing, the Sussexes will continue to maintain their private patronages and associations.”

After stepping down, the two moved to Canada and then to LA where they lived in one of Tyler Perry’s homes while they looked for permanent housing.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex
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Harry and Meghan repaid all the money that they took from the Sovereign Grant to refurbish their U.K. home Frogmore Cottage and bought their own home in Montecito, California.

“Harry could’ve asked [Prince] Charles to contribute toward the cost of the house, but he chose not to,” a source told Us Weekly. “Getting his dad financially involved would result in the royals having control over him. It would mean going backwards.”

Prince Harry is on better terms with his family

Harry and Meghan did not go back to the U.K. for the holidays but they did somewhat celebrate with the royal family.

“There were phone and video calls over the Christmas and New Year holiday and the Sussexes sent presents to the Cambridges and vice versa,” royal expert Katie Nicholl told Entertainment Tonight. “It was an opportunity in an otherwise very busy and chaotic year for both of the families to come together and connect, albeit virtually.

“Things are a lot better between William and Harry,” she continued. “If you go back a year at that stage, these brothers were barely on talking terms. When William went to the Sandringham Summit, he was so angry with his brother. He couldn’t even face going to that lunch with the Queen. He only went for the meetings, such was his frustration and feeling of disappointment about what his brother had done and how Harry was handling the situation.”

Harry and his brother’s relationship has improved tremendously during their time apart.

“For a start, they are on talking terms, and not only on talking terms, they do speak relatively regularly. They were very much in touch over the holidays,” she continued.”But there is an ocean between them, there is a time difference and as Harry [has] said… they are two brothers on different paths.”

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex
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When are Prince Harry and Meghan Markle returning to the U.K.?

Though the pandemic has made traveling a little trickier, Meghan and Harry are planning on returning to the U.K. in June.

“There are lots of family events that the duke and duchess hope they can attend,” a source told the outlet.

But the source was sure to add that nothing is set in stone.

“Of course given the state of the world due to COVID-19, it is still early to be planning travel,” they said.

If they do make it home in June, the Sussexes would most likely attend Trooping the Colour and the queen’s birthday parade.