Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are set to make their return to the UK for the first time together since they announced their decision to step back as senior members of the royal family. The couple has a full schedule, but it looks like they won’t be spending much time with Prince William or Kate Middleton during their trip.
As it turns out, William and Kate have a trip of their own scheduled right in the middle of Harry and Meghan’s return.
As Harry and Meghan return, William and Kate will head to Ireland for three days. The goal of the trip is to highlight the close ties that the UK has with Ireland, although it comes at a time when the Sussexes will be in town.
There have long been rumors as to a feud between Harry and William, but the brothers have insisted that no such feud exists. It’s of course possible that their schedules conflict even if they didn’t intend to.
Since Harry and Meghan have stepped back from their duties, much of the burden has fallen onto William and Kate to ensure the strength of the royal family moving forward. That has meant taking on additional responsibilities and public appearances.
Just recently, it was reported that William and Kate would be taking a short break from their public duties while their children had time off from school. Now, it seems they’ve returned to their work, and are putting in more effort than ever.
While Harry and Meghan are back in the UK, they’ve been given a full schedule of events to attend and participate in. They run the gamut from sitting in on Jon Bon Jovi while he records a new song to celebrating International Women’s Day, and they are set to be the final round of duties for the couple before they enter their year-long trial period. During this period, they’ll determine whether the separation arrangement suits them as well as the royal family.
Harry and Meghan are said to be rather enjoying the freedoms they’ve found in their new life. They’ve agreed to become financially independent and give up their royal designations, but they’ve also found increased independence outside the royal family.
“This decision [to leave] had been weighing on them for a long time, and they are relieved to have it done,” a friend told People. “A weight has been lifted off their shoulders.” It seems things may have worked out in the end for the couple.