Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ‘don’t plan to see William and Kate’ when they fly back to Britain
Harry and Meghan will visit the UK next month – but are not set to see William and Kate.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will travel from their home in California to support ‘several charities close to their hearts’ but are said to have no plans to see the Cambridges.
The brothers have not spoken face-to-face since they unveiled a statue of their late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales last summer.
Harry and Meghan will visit Manchester and London and if they stay at Frogmore Cottage will be close to the Queen and William.
The Duke of Cambridge and his family are relocating from Kensington Palace to Adelaide Cottage, just a ten-minute walk from Windsor Castle, later this month.
But a source reportedly said the Sussexes’ visit will be focused on their charity work and they have no plans to see the Cambridges.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (pictured at Global Citizen Live in New York in September 2021) are set to visit the UK next month but have no plans to visit Prince William and Kate, instead focusing on their charity work, a source has revealed
Their trip comes amid an ongoing row over who pays for their security. They will visit Manchester on September 5 for the One Young World Summit where Meghan, 40, will give the keynote address at the opening ceremony.
The summit brings together young leaders from more than 190 countries. The couple will then head to Germany for an event to commemorate a year until the Invictus Games in Dusseldorf on September 6, before returning to the UK for the WellChild Awards in London on September 8 where Prince Harry will deliver a speech.
It is the first time the couple will be in the UK since the Jubilee celebrations in June, when they kept a low profile. They also visited in April, when they secretly met with Charles and the Queen on their way to the Netherlands.
It is thought unlikely the couple will bring their children Archie, three, and Lilibet, 14 months. Harry began legal action against the Government when he was told he would no longer be given the ‘same degree’ of protection here after stepping back from royal life in 2020.
Buckingham Palace declined to comment. But a source told The Daily Telegraph that the visit would come during a busy week with ‘lots of moving parts’. The couple’s said: ‘Prince Harry and Meghan are delighted to visit with several charities close to their hearts in early September.’
The UK visit comes just weeks ahead of Prince Harry’s expected book launch in October, written by Pulitzer prize-winning ghostwriter JR Moehringer, which promises ‘to reveal a first-hand account of his life’ which is ‘accurate and wholly truthful’.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pictured watching the flypast to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force at the Buckingham Palace balcony in July 2018
Harry and Meghan are visiting Manchester and London and if they stay at Frogmore Cottage will be close to the Queen and William. The Duke of Cambridge (pictured leaving the Friday Jubilee service at St Paul’s Cathedral in June) and his family are relocating from Kensington Palace to Adelaide Cottage, just a ten-minute walk from Windsor Castle, later this month
The Queen’s diary may present challenges if the couple hope to see her in London or Windsor during their visit next month
The couple are likely to want to spend time with the Queen after enjoying ‘barely 15 minutes’ her during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations this summer, according to royal watchers.
Earlier this month, the Queen invited Harry and Meghan to join her at her Highland retreat, The Sun reported.
Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams suggested a meeting with the monarch would be more likely to take place in London or Windsor, either of which are close to the Cambridges located in Kensington Palace.
He told MailOnline: ‘The reports that the Queen had invited Harry and Meghan to Balmoral were never confirmed. However it would only make sense for them to see her when she is at Windsor and when they are based at Frogmore, as they could only spend a very little time with her during the Platinum Jubilee.
‘If she does come down as anticipated, she may receive the new Prime Minister at Windsor or at Buckingham Palace. There would also be time for her and the Sussexes to discuss the future, which hopefully will be more constructive than the recent past.
The Sussexes will travel to Manchester for the One Young World Summit, an event which brings together young leaders from more than 190 countries, on September 5 (pic: The couple at St Paul’s Cathedral on June 3 during their last UK visit)
The couple (pictured at the UN last month before Harry’s speech) will also visit Germany as part of their trip to support ‘several charities close to their hearts’, their spokesperson said
‘They also must be aware that some form of reconciliation in the Platinum Jubilee year would surely be beneficial for the image they want as philanthropists.’
Meanwhile, the Cambridges will be without a live-in nanny for the first time since Prince George was born when they move home.
There will no longer be space for live-in nanny, Maria Borrallo, when the family of five relocate to the four-bedroomed cottage in Windsor. She has been on hand 24 hours a day for George, Charlotte and Louis since 2014.
Dai Davies, an ex-head of royal security at Scotland Yard, said it was surprising the Sussexes had announced details of the trip so far in advance.
‘The more time an individual has to plan and prepare the more the risk rises,’ he said.