Meghan Markle will not join Prince Harry as he returns to England this summer but wants to heal rift with Royal Family

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While her husband Prince Harry is set to return to the UK this summer for Prince Philip’s 100th birthday celebrations, the Trooping the Colour in June and the long-awaited unveiling of a statue in memory of Princess Diana at Kensington Palace in July, Meghan Markle is said to be staying home in LA.

But rather than a snub to the royal family, expert and author of their biography Finding Freedom, Omid Scobie, tells OK! Meghan’s absence will be due to travel restrictions imposed by Covid.

He also insists she’ll find a personal way to honour the Queen and the special bond she shares with their 21-month-old son Archie.

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“Neither Meghan or Harry have been vaccinated and travel plans are still very much up in the air. Meghan wouldn’t want to be away from Archie and it would be very tricky to factor a small child into their travels with all the restrictions that could potentially be in place.“

“It seems easier at this moment for Harry to do the trip solo. But it is not Meghan’s intention to snub the family. If Covid wasn’t a factor, she would be there,” Omid says.

He continues: ”Meghan is known for showering friends and family with thoughtful gifts.

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The first time she ever met Kate Middleton, she bought her a Smythson notebook and she would take candles to their home when they had dinner. Harry was enamoured by Meghan’s thoughtfulness from the start.”

Meghan, 39, and Harry, 36, caused shock waves early last year when they announced they were stepping down as senior royals and relocating to the US.

Prior to this, they had been living at Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor estate and Omid says their time there really cemented their bond with the Queen.

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Omid expalins: “No matter what has happened, the Queen will always remain close to Harry and Meghan.

“She has a very special relationship with Archie and due to them all living in Windsor, was one of the royals to spend the most time with him as a baby.

“Archie loves being on Zoom calls with the family and the Queen has been enjoying those throughout lockdown.

“I’m sure Meghan will send the Queen some gorgeous flowers for her birthday and also get Archie to help her with the card.

“Meghan and Harry feel very sad about the time that the Queen, Philip and Prince Charles have spent without seeing Archie due to the pandemic.”

Meghan also hit back at reports last week that she had asked for her name to be removed from baby Archie’s birth certificate as a rebuff to the royal family.

The reports claimed Meghan requested that Rachel Meghan be removed from the document and only her title of Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex remain.

A statement released by her PR team read, “The change of name on public documents in 2019 was dictated by The Palace, as confirmed by documents from senior Palace officials.

“This was not requested by Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex nor by the Duke of Sussex.”

They also claimed the suggestion of a snub was “laughable were it not offensive”. Buckingham Palace declined to comment, however royal sources claimed the decision would not have been dictated by the Queen.


Harry’s return to the UK will be the first time he’s reunited with his brother Prince William since his departure from the royal family.

And while Omid reveals that the siblings have been united in plans for their late mother Diana’s memorial, he claims their relationship is far from healed.

He explains to OK!: “Despite their differences, Harry and William have been equally involved in planning the memorial and sometimes have been in on the same calls or emails.

“No matter what has happened between them, they would never let anything stand in the way of this.

“It would be wrong to say their relationship is healed, but 2020 forced them to have many conversations. For instance when Charles was sick with Covid and then William.

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“And when Meghan suffered a miscarriage. The focus on family pushes them forward and while progress with their healing is still minimal, it’s moving in the right direction.”

He adds, “William and Harry know all eyes will be on them when they reunite for their late mother’s memorial and how important it will be to not let what has happened in the past between them overshadow her memory.

“They know they need to put on a united front for the sake of their mother’s legacy.”

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