Queen always 'puts the Queen face on' says royal expert
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Meghan and Prince Harry haven’t spent a Christmas break at Sandringham since 2018. And the Duchess of Sussex hasn’t set foot on British soil since mid-March 2020, when she completed her last official royal duty.
Over the past few weeks, there has been speculation over when the Duke and Duchess may return to the UK together – and possibly even in the company of their two children.
Royal commentator Daniela Elser believes it “would make sense” for the Sussexes to cross the Atlantic in December.
In a comment piece for News.com.au, the royal expert and journalist wrote: “There is a lot about the idea of Harry and Meghan (with their baby daughter Lilibet who will, by then, be about six-months-old and two-and-a-half-year-old son Archie in tow) making the trip back across the pond in mid-to-late December which would make sense.
“It would give them the chance to introduce their new bub to his family and the large family gathering, which usually sees the Queen’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren gather en very-well-bred-masse, would be a less pressured way for the Sussexes’ to re-enter the royal orbit.”
Moreover, she added, this trip could provide a chance for the Sussexes to christen Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana on UK soil much like they did in July 2019 with Archie Harrison.
Royal author Katie Nicholl said last week she believes Meghan and Harry may be desiring to rebuild bridges with the Windsors.
She told Closer magazine: “Christmas is being looked at as an opportunity.
“There may be a softening, which could pave the way for a healing of the family rift.
“It’s certainly what the Queen wants.
“Prince Charles would like to see his grandchildren.
“A meet-up suggests they hope to move on and sort things out.”
Since Meghan and Harry announced their intention to step back as senior royals in January last year, the Queen has been clear the Sussexes remain much-loved members of her family.
In April, when Prince Harry return to England alone to attend the funeral of Prince Philip, the monarch also had the chance to speak with him, as it was reported the pair had held private conversations.
The Sussexes have also suggested multiple times their affection for the Queen is unwavering.
During their landmark interview with Oprah Winfrey, Meghan said the Queen has always “been wonderful” to her.
During the same interview, Prince Harry said he has kept in touch with her grandmother via calls – including video calls on Zoom, to let her see Archie.
He added: “My grandmother and I have a really good relationship and an understanding.
“And I have a deep respect for her.
“She’s my Colonel-In-Chief, right? She always will be.”
Moreover, the couple paid tribute to the Queen by naming their daughter after her by using her moniker, famously used by Prince Philip.
Prince Harry recently came together with the rest of the Royal Family to pay tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh.
Like many other royals, Harry provided testimony for the BBC film Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers.
Among the memories he recalled, the Duke of Sussex paid homage to his grandfather’s affection and support to the Queen.
He said: “The two of them together were just the most adorable couple.
“To me, knowing the cheekiness of him and knowing that behind what the world sees you have two individuals who were very much in love and both, from a very young age, have dedicated their life to service—that is an incredible bond between two people.”
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