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Meghan and Harry ‘might choose’ UK schools as Lilibet and Archie tipped for England return

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex relocated to California in the spring of 2020 after bowing out of the Firm as senior royals. They have since bought a home in the star-studded neighbourhood of Montecito, Santa Barbara, undertaken profit and non-profit projects and settled in the local community.

Meghan and Harry’s son Archie Harrison, three, is also believed to be attending a nursery school.

While the Sussexes appear settled in the US at the moment, royal author Ingrid Seward believes Prince Harry and Meghan may follow in the footsteps of many British/American couples and send their children to a school across the pond for their higher education.

Discussing whether the Duke and Duchess will meet some of their family members during their trip to the UK next month, she told the Mirror: “Harry also needs to keep on good terms with his father, who will have Harry’s future in the palm of his hand should the Duke and Duchess of Sussex wish to return to England on a more permanent basis.

“I am certain they will not right now, but like many American/British families might choose to have their children educated in England.”

The Duke briefly mentioned his son Archie is already going to school in May last year, when he appeared as a guest in the Armchair Expert podcast.

While discussing the intrusion experienced by public personalities and their children, Harry said an outlet “took pictures of my son being picked up from school on his first day”.

At the time, Meghan was heavily pregnant with Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana, born on June 4 last year.

The little brother and sister travelled to the UK together for the first time in June, when Meghan and Harry celebrated the Platinum Jubilee of the Queen.

While the children were not seen in public, this journey across the pond provided the chance for Prince Charles and the Queen to meet in person for the first time Lili.

Both Meghan and Harry have remained tight-lipped about what the future holds for their children’s education.

However, in January 2020, upon announcing their intention to step back as full-time working royals, they hinted at a desire to bring up their then only child Archie between North America and England.

Their bombshell statement read: “We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages.

“This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity.”

More recently, the Duke spoke about his new home during an interview with broadcaster Hoda Kotb.

Speaking from The Hague, where he attended the Invictus Games, Harry touched upon his previous meeting behind closed doors with his grandmother the Queen before mentioning life in the US.

He said: “I had tea with her. It was really nice to catch up with her and, you know, home for me now is, you know, for the time being, it’s in the States. And it feels that way as well.”

He continued: “We’ve been welcomed with open arms. And we’ve got such a great community up in Santa Barbara.”

Asked if the US feels like “that’s home more for you”, the Duke gave an affirmative response.

One year prior to this sit-down chat, during his interview with Oprah Winfrey, Harry said to be cherishing his new life in the US as it was giving him the freedom to spend time outdoors with his son.

He said: “To have outdoor space where I can go for walks with Archie, and we can go for walks as a family and with the dogs, and we can go on hikes — we’ll go down to the beach, which is so close — all of these things are just… I guess, the highlight for me is sticking him on the back of the bicycle in his little baby seat and taking him on these bike rides, which is something I was never able to do when I was young.”

Further signalling he has settled in in California for the time being, Harry joined the Los Padres polo team led by his long-time friend Nacho Figueras.

Since May, the royal has been spotted regularly taking part in matches at the Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club.

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