Meghan and Harry to leave UK ‘almost immediately’ following Charles’s olive branch

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been tipped to travel back to California as soon as possible now that the Royal Family and the country have bid their final farewell to the Queen. Meghan and Prince Harry were last at their Montecito home on September 3, when they left the US to attend a few planned events linked to charities close to their heart. 

Following the unexpected death of the monarch, the Sussexes cancelled their attendance at the gatherings yet to take place and prolonged their stay in the UK to be able to pay tribute to the late sovereign in person. 

The period of national mourning was dotted with a few public appearances by Meghan and Harry, including a joint walkabout with the Prince and Princess of Wales in Windsor. 

Moreover, on Saturday, the Duke of Sussex took part in a deeply emotional vigil held at Westminster Hall alongside Prince William and the other six grandchildren of the late 96-year-old. 

For this occasion, King Charles III reportedly intervened to allow his second son to wear his military uniform.   

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry dressed in black

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are expected to return soon to the US (Image: PA)

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry meeting members of the public

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry during a walkabout in Windsor (Image: PA)

This move was seen as an olive branch to the Sussexes as Harry had not been allowed to don publicly his uniform since he had stepped down as a working member of the Firm. 

Charles also publicly paid tribute to the Duke and Duchess just hours after acceding to the throne. 

In his first address to the country as the sovereign, the King said, just after announcing William would become the new Prince of Wales: “I want also to express my love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives overseas.”

Nevertheless, the Duke and Duchess are now expected to return to California at speed in order to be reunited with their young children, Archie Harrison and Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana.

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King Charles and Harry during the funeral procession

King Charles III and Prince Harry took part together in the funeral procession on Monday (Image: PA)

Noting Harry and Meghan haven’t been able to see in person their children for several days, a source told Us Weekly: “Meghan and Harry are preparing to return to Montecito almost immediately after the funeral, where they’ll be reunited with Archie and Lilibet after being separated for over two weeks.” 

They added: “They’ve missed the kids like crazy and have been FaceTiming them every day, but can’t wait to see and hold them again after a poignant few weeks.” 

The insider also said this grieving period has been “the longest amount of time they’ve been apart from their children.” 

Archie and Lili are believed to have remained in the loving care of their grandmother, and Meghan’s mum, Doria Ragland, over the past few weeks.   

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Meghan and Harry with the Prince and Princess of Wales during a joint walkabout

Meghan and Harry with the Prince and Princess of Wales during a joint walkabout (Image: GETTY)

Meghan and Harry are not known to have brought their children along to any of their working trips since they stepped down as working royals. 

On the other hand, the Duke and Duchess travelled with Archie to South Africa for their royal tour when he was only four months old. 

During this 10-day trip, the tot joined his parents for a memorable meeting with anti-apartheid leader Archbishop Desmond Tutu. 

Prince Harry and Meghan moved to California in late March 2020, days before they officially bowed out of the Royal Family as its working members.

Pictures of the Queen and her grandchildren

The Queen and her geandchildren (Image: EXPRESS)

There, they established their new organisation, Archewell, which includes a non-profit foundation and their audio and video production powerhouses.

Some 12 months after moving into the star-studded neighbourhood of Montecito, Meghan and Harry also welcomed their daughter Lili, whose first name is a tribute to the late Queen.

While in the UK, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stayed at their official base in Windsor, Frogmore Cottage. 

The Sussexes stayed at the cottage also in June, when they travelled across the pond with their son and daughter to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. 

While Lili and Archie did not appear in public, they had the chance to meet the late monarch in person. 

The love the Queen had for her great-grandchildren was mentioned by Harry in a tribute to his grandmother shared on the Archewell’s website. 

He said: “Granny, while this final parting brings us great sadness, I am forever grateful for all of our first meetings — from my earliest childhood memories with you, to meeting you for the first time as my Commander-in-Chief, to the first moment you met my darling wife and hugged your beloved great-grandchildren.

“I cherish these times shared with you, and the many other special moments in between.”