Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have announced that they are returning to the UK next month to attend several charity events “close to their hearts”. However, royal correspondent and author Victoria Murphy has warned that the visit threatens to overshadow a huge week for the royal household. She told Palace Confidential that there had been “no liaising” between the Sussex staff and royal staff ahead of the trip.
The brief tour starts in Manchester on September 5 for the One Young World Summit opening ceremony, where Meghan is expected to give a keynote address.
However, Ms Murphy remarked that the week of the visit coincides with the Queen meeting the new Prime Minister of the country.
In the same week, the Cambridges’ children – Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte, and Prince George – are expected to enjoy a ‘back to school’ moment as they start at a new school near Windsor.
Palace Confidential host Luke Blackall said: “The staff at the Palace have to coordinate these diaries months in advance.
“How are they preparing for this visit so it doesn’t overshadow all their work?”
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Ms Murphy responded: “I think it is interesting because if the Sussexes were in the Royal Family, if they were working royals, and they were doing a royal tour, there were would liaising with other royal households about not doing anything that would a big moment while they were off doing their royal tour.
“But because they are not in the royal household, there is no liaising at all between their staff and the royal staff.
“I think that week they are here is quote a busy royal week. You have the Queen meeting the new PM, usually a couple of days after they are announced which is smack bang in the middle of the visit.
“And we also have the Cambridges moving to Windsors and we will have kids starting at a new school.
“We will hear the name of the new school soon, but if there is a back-to-school moment, which I think there will be, that would be that week. It’s going to be very busy!”