Friday, June 21

Duchess of Sussex leaves UK without Prince Harry



The Duchess of Sussex has flown back to Canada as Prince Harry remains in the UK amid a fallout over the couple’s move to resign as senior royals.

Meghan returned to North America on Thursday to be with her eight-month-old son Archie, a spokeswoman for the Duchess of Sussex confirmed.

She hadn’t planned to stay in the UK for long after arriving in Britain on Monday ahead of the bombshell announcement, sources told the Daily Mail.

It comes after the Queen, Prince Charles and the Duke of Cambridge were said to have ordered their teams to find a workable solution over Harry and Meghan’s future amid four-way talks to head off a royal crisis.

Buckingham Palace revealed they would work at pace to find an outcome for Harry and Meghan in a matter of days, not weeks.

Royal aides from across the households have also been instructed to liaise with Government departments amid suggestions US and Canadian officials may be involved.

The Duke and Duchess, who had only recently returned from a six-week stay in Canada with eight-month-old son Archie, said in their statement: After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution.

We intend to step back as senior members of the royal family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty the Queen.

Meghan received a public boost from her close friend Jessica Mulroney, a Canadian stylist and TV star, who posted a quote attributed to Gina Carey. It said: A strong woman looks a challenge in the eye and gives it a wink.

But a series of commentators have strongly criticised their decision with public relations and crisis consultant Mark Borkowski saying about the Sussexes: “It does feel like a royal couple in exile”.

It is already known the Queen, Prince of Wales and other senior royals were not consulted about the content of the couple’s statement or knew it was to be issued.

However, it is understood that Charles and the Duke of Cambridge only received it 10 minutes before it was released.

Buckingham Palace said after the announcement: We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through.

The Queen released a fresh statement on the move, which was described on Wednesday as a complicated issue.