Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could miss heartfelt family reunion this summer

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex might not return to the UK again this summer though another family gathering could happen for the royals...

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could miss reunion, seen here attending the National Service of Thanksgiving
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could potentially miss a heartfelt family reunion this summer if previous trips and royal tradition is anything to go on.  


After much speculation about whether or not they’d attend, royal fans were left delighted when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle returned to the UK in June to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with the rest of The Firm (opens in new tab). This marked the Sussex family’s first visit all together since Harry and Meghan “stepped back” (opens in new tab) as senior royals and settled in their new LA home (opens in new tab)

The Jubilee weekend is understood to have made all the more exciting for the Sussexes as it’s thought the Queen finally got to meet their daughter Lilibet in person. But whilst this would undoubtedly have been an incredibly special moment, Harry, Meghan and their kids could be set to miss out on a heartfelt family reunion this summer…

Peter Phillips, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Zara Tindall leave after the National Service of Thanksgiving

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Since stepping back from their former roles, Duchess Meghan has only returned to the UK twice and the Duke of Sussex has generally only flown back for public events or major family occasions. These range from joining the royals in mourning at Prince Philip’s funeral, to unveiling a new Princess Diana statue (opens in new tab) and marking the Jubilee. 

And although Prince Harry and Meghan’s secret meeting (opens in new tab) with the Queen at Windsor in April was private, it’s understood to have only been a brief visit before they travelled onwards to the Netherlands for the Invictus Games. Whilst Prince Harry’s concern about the level of security his family have in the UK is something that’s been reported in recent months.

All of this could perhaps suggest that another Sussex family trip to the UK over the next few months for a more spontaneous visit is unlikely. If this does turn out to be the case, then it could mean that Harry, Meghan, Archie and Lilibet miss out on a wonderful private reunion with the Queen and possibly other royals at Balmoral.

Queen Elizabeth II during an inspection of the Balaklava Company, 5 Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland at the gates at Balmoral

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Her Majesty enjoys a well-earned few months of relaxation and family time from August-October at her Aberdeenshire home. Over the years she’s been visited by many of her relatives and it’s understood that on occasions they’ve overlapped their stays in Scotland to spend time together. 

As reported by Express.co.uk (opens in new tab) a royal source once claimed to Vanity Fair’s Katie Nicholl that, "It has become a tradition in recent years that the Bank Holiday weekend is the final family get-together before Christmas and everyone is invited. In the past, it has turned into one big sleepover with lots of the Queen’s grandchildren (opens in new tab) and great-grandchildren.”

The monarch's family time with some of her great-grandchildren at her Scottish home has even been captured in a sweet snap taken by Kate Middleton back in 2018. It’s not yet known which royals could travel to Balmoral again this summer, with the Queen yet to depart from her Berkshire home. 

And if the Sussexes don’t end up flying back to the UK again this summer, they will sadly not get to join either the Queen or potentially other family members too for some relaxing time away from the public eye. 

Though there will no doubt be many royal fans hoping that Prince Harry and Meghan could make a surprise trip over the coming months. 

Emma Shacklock
Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with six years of experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, Goodto.com, and My Imperfect Life.