Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will remain in the UK for the period of royal mourning following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. The pair had been on a whistlestop visit to Europe when the news broke of the Queen’s ill health on Thursday afternoon.
The longest-serving monarch died aged 96 on September 8, 2022.
Prince Harry rushed to Balmoral from Germany, where he was promoting the next host city of the Invictus Games Dusseldorf, but arrived following the death of her Majesty.
The Duchess of Sussex also travelled with her husband, but remained in London while he made the second leg to Scotland.
A spokesperson for the Sussexes has now confirmed the couple will stay in the UK for the period of royal mourning, which will be in place until until seven days after the Queen’s funeral, the date of which has not yet been announced.
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This is not the same as the period of national mourning for ordinary people.
Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Buckingham Palace confirmed: “Following the death of Her Majesty The Queen, it is His Majesty The King’s wish that a period of Royal Mourning be observed from now until seven days after The Queen’s Funeral.
“The date of the Funeral will be confirmed in due course.
“Royal Mourning will be observed by Members of the Royal Family, Royal Household staff and Representatives of the Royal Household on official duties, together with troops committed to Ceremonial Duties.”
Buckingham Palace maintained that despite the fallout from their decision, they remained “much loved” members of the family.
Since breaking away from the royal fold, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have carved their own path in the world of media.
Meghan has started her own podcast series, Archetypes, which has been the number one on Spotify for several weeks.
Prince Harry will also be publishing a memoir, which was expected for release later in 2022.
However, given the death of the Queen, it is not known if the publication of the book will be pushed back.