A ROYAL OLIVE BRANCH? Queen invites Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and kids to Balmoral
The reports come after the Sussex family's much-publicized split from the royals and their recent strained relationships with several senior royals over the past months. The Queen reportedly arrived at her Highlands home on Thursday, July 21, where she plans on staying at the Craigowan Lodge on the Balmoral estate for ten weeks. The British monarch's family will join her for some time.
According to a source, during the Queen's recent Platinum Jubilee this summer, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex “barely had 15 minutes” with the Queen. “Balmoral is the perfect place for them to spend a little bit of quality time with her,” the source said.
Will Prince Harry and Meghan show up at the Balmoral?
Although it is clear that Harry and Meghan are invited, whether they turn up is still being speculated. Sources admitted they’d “be stunned if they did turn up” alongside other royals like Harry’s dad Prince Charles and his brother Prince William.
Earlier this year, Harry and Meghan reportedly privately visited Charles and the Queen when they had a quick stop in England while on their way to the Invictus Games in The Netherlands. Later, when they returned to England to attend the Trooping for Colour parade in June, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex also introduced their daughter Lilibet, named after her great-grandmother, to the Queen for the first time.
'Very emotional visit'
Harry and Meghan’s newest addition also reportedly had an “emotional” visit with their grandfather Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales. A source told ET, “The Prince, of course, hasn’t seen his grandson Archie for a bit of time and so it was very special to have some time with him.”
The source described the moment “very emotional” and “a very, very wonderful thing.” A second source also said, “It was fantastic to see” Harry, Meghan, and their family back in England. “It was wonderful to have them back in Britain.”
Ever since splitting up with the royal family, Harry and Meghan have been living a rather private life in California since early 2020. The former royals settled in the southern part of the state with their children, where they are neighbors with various celebrities.