The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are entering their final weeks as senior members of the British royal family, with the terms of their exit agreement set to kick in on March 31.
Prince Harry returned to his homeland last week and has carried out a couple of engagements on his own, including taking part in a recording session with musician Jon Bon Jovi who has penned a new song in aid of the Invictus Games. However Meghan is yet to join her husband in the UK, with the duchess due to fly in later this week.
The couple have been confirmed as attending the Endeavour Fund Awards on Thursday, March 5 and Meghan is also expected to mark International Women’s Day on March 8. The Sussexes will also join the rest of the royals on March 9 for the annual Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey, at the request of Her Majesty the Queen.
However the duke and duchess have allegedly ruffled feathers by opting to leave their young son at home, meaning that Archie Harrison, who will turn one on May 6, will not have spent a single day in his birth country since the family set off for their six-week trip to Canada in November last year.
According to the Sunday Times, this decision has upset Queen Elizabeth II, who has not been able to spend much time with her youngest great-grandchild and was last photographed with him last May when the couple debuted their newborn son to the world.
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The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh were today introduced to the newborn son of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Windsor Castle. The Duchess’s mother, Ms Doria Ragland was also present. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are delighted to announce that they have named their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. 📸 Chris Allerton/@sussexroyal
The news outlet reported that the Queen, and extended royal family, is said to be “very sad” that Archie is staying behind on Vancouver Island in Canada, whilst Harry and Meghan wrap up things in the UK.
It is believed that Archie will remain in the Commonwealth country, where the family of three are currently living in a rented mansion, with the Sussexes’ nanny, as well as Meghan’s close friend Jessica Mulroney.
Last week Prince Harry delivered a speech at a Travalyst event in Scotland and, following the recent drama surrounding the future of the couple and what titles they will be permitted to use, the duke asked people to refer to him simply as “Harry”.
Introducing the duke onto the stage, event host Ayesha Hazarika said: “He’s made it clear that we are all just to call him Harry. So ladies and gentlemen please give a big, warm Scottish welcome to Harry.”
The appearance came after weeks of speculation about the future of the couple’s Sussex Royal website and charity, which came to a head when the Queen banned the couple from using the word ‘royal’ to promote themselves once they step out on their own. It has since been confirmed that Harry and Meghan will establish a non-profit under a different name.