Meghan Markle and baby Archie traveled to Canada earlier this month, and now they will be joined by husband and father Prince Harry.
Their stay in North America comes a couple weeks after they made the controversial announcement that they are giving up their royal duties, becoming financially independent, and will be splitting time between Canada and the United Kingdom.
“There aren’t any engagements for the immediate future, so we are expecting Harry to fly back to Vancouver and be reunited with Archie and Meghan, who he hasn’t seen for nearly two weeks,” Royal expert Katie Nicholl told Entertainment Tonight on Monday.
“One of the things I was told by a friend of Harry’s is how much he has been missing them. Given the enormity of everything’s that’s happened, Prince Harry has really been left here to pick up the pieces on his own. He’s absolutely desperate to get back to his new home,” she added.
Nicholl also addressed the rampant speculation that Markle is at fault for the couple’s decision to back away from their roles as senior royals.
“He said it was his decision to walk away and that really he had no choice,” Nicholl said. “This was a joint decision and I think Prince Harry’s been very magnanimous by taking it all on himself. I think he’s simply doing that to protect Meghan.”
“Over here, all of the headlines are dominated by one word: Megxit,” she continued. “The insinuation being that she is responsible for this move [and] pulling Prince Harry over to North America. It’s really not the case. I think Harry has been looking for a way out — a way for a new life — and Meghan has simply been the catalyst. But make no mistake — this was a joint decision. Harry didn’t make it on his own and Meghan didn’t force him into it.”
Queen Elizabeth released a statement on January 18 about the decision:
Following many months of conversations and more recent discussions, I am pleased that together we have found a constructive and supportive way forward for my grandson and his family.
Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family.
I recognise the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life.
I want to thank them for all their dedicated work across this country, the Commonwealth and beyond, and am particularly proud of how Meghan has so quickly become one of the family.
It is my whole family’s hope that today’s agreement allows them to start building a happy and peaceful new life.