Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will visit the UK in early October, their first visit together since the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations in June, which was itself only their second visit to the UK since leaving the ranks of the working royal family.
In a sign that relations between the Palace and the Sussexes may be stabilizing, a source at Buckingham Palace told The Daily Beast that they had received advance notice of the announcement made on Monday morning, but declined to say how a lot of. The palace is relaxed about the visit.
A spokesman for the Sussexes said they were visiting the UK to support charities “close to their hearts”. However, it has not been announced if they will have an audience with the Queen or meet Charles or William, from whom they have distanced themselves. The Daily Beast understands that Charles and William are treating Harry with caution pending the release of his memoir, which is due out later this year.
Earlier this year, Harry declined to say he “misses” his brother and father in an interview with Hoda Kotb.
The UK stops will take place en route and return to an Invictus Games event in Dusseldorf, Germany. Harry helped set up the Paralympic-style event for wounded ex-servicemen over a decade ago, and it has become one of his most enduring legacies.
It was not stated whether the couple would bring their children to the visit, but is considered unlikely.
A statement issued on behalf of the couple said: “Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are delighted to be visiting several charities close to their hearts in early September.”
The published schedule calls for them to attend the One Young World 2022 Summit in Manchester on September 5, followed by a morale-boosting visit to Dusseldorf on September 6 for a “One Year to Go” event for the 2023 Games being held there. On September 8th they will attend Britain’s WellChild Awards on their return home.
Harry has been embroiled in a legal battle with the UK government and says he has been wrongly stripped of the automatic police protection he once enjoyed and that he should be given that protection along with his family if he is on British soil after he was killed “inherited” a safety hazard at birth.
Police have said Harry will be adequately protected but that protection will be on an ad hoc basis. However, Harry is said to have been badly shaken when, on a solo visit to London last year to unveil a statue of his mother in Kensington Gardens, he was aggressively pursued by photographers as he left a charity event. It’s likely that some ancillary arrangement was made for these visits, one that satisfies Harry and means he feels he can protect his family.
It will be fascinating to watch the reaction of the British public to Harry and Meghan’s arrival on British soil.
While they undoubtedly have a significant fan base, the couple remain a polarizing figure in the UK, where some believe they have abandoned their duty and betrayed the monarchy by giving a series of accusatory interviews describing the royal family as racist and indifferently accused.
In their interview with Oprah Winfrey, Harry and Meghan said an unnamed member of the royal family expressed concerns about the likely skin color of their then-unborn children. Harry and Meghan have vowed never to reveal the identity of the person who made the alleged comment, however there has been speculation with various authors and reports naming various senior family members.
They were cast in a largely unseen role during the couple’s recent visit to the UK for the anniversary celebrations. At the one event they made a public appearance at, a church service, upon arrival they were booed by some in the crowd and cheered by other sections of the crowd. They were not invited to appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace with other members of the royal family, nor were they apparently invited to attend a benefit concert at Buckingham Palace on the final day of the celebrations. The pair took a private jet to California before the concert began, in what many interpreted as a fit of anger.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/prince-harry-and-meghan-markle-to-visit-uk-meetings-with-queen-william-and-charles-not-on-agenda-yet?source=articles&via=rss Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend British meetings with Queen, William and Charles, which are not (yet) on the agenda.