Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's children Archie and Lilibet may join royal family for Queen’s funeral
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: Prince Harry and Megan Markle's children Archie,3, and Lilibet,1, will reportedly be flown to the UK for the Queen's funeral. The children are currently being taken care of by their grandmother, Doria Ragland in California, US.
According to a Daily Mail report, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who reside in the US, will reportedly remain in Britain until the conclusion of the royal mourning period, which ends seven days after the service on September 19 as announced by King Charles. Prince Harry and Markle were on a short trip to Europe when the Queen passed away on September 8. During their short European tour, which they undertook to promote a number of causes near and dear to their hearts, the couple had only planned to spend seven days away from their Montecito house and their children.
They had to prolong their stay in the UK due to the Queen's ill health followed by her death. On the night of September 8, the Duke and Duchess were scheduled to attend an awards ceremony in London but postponed it as Prince Harry and other royals had to rush to be at their grandmother's side when doctors expressed worry about her health.
Prince Harry and Meghan also made an unexpected joint appearance with Prince William and Kate Middleton at Windsor Castle on September 10 to survey the sea of floral tributes left in memory of their grandmother, late Queen Elizabeth II outside the Berkshire estate's gates. Harry and Meghan clasped hands as they saw the tributes, with Harry at one point tenderly placing his palm on Meghan's back. Spectators from the audience waved at them as they were spotted pointing to various tributes and talking about them. It was the fab four's first public appearance since Commonwealth Day on March 9, 2020, a few weeks before the Covid lockdown.
It was Prince William who asked the Sussexes to accompany him and the Princess of Wales on their walkabout at Windsor Castle, according to a Kensington Palace spokeswoman. "The Prince of Wales invited the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to join him and the Princess of Wales earlier. The Prince of Wales thought it was an important show of unity for the Queen at an incredibly difficult time for the family." a senior palace source said, reported The Times. According to experts, the event might mark a turning point in the strained relationship between the newly-titled Prince and Princess of Wales and the Sussexes, who have been at odds since Harry and Meghan gave a string of negative interviews.