They return home, but not to see their family. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have announced a surprise visit to the United Kingdom amid their long and hidden feud with the British royal family, with whom they have been at odds since leaving England to settle in the United States two years ago of accusations of racism.
Harry, from England, 37, and Meghan Markle, 41, will return to the UK to attend the One Young World summit in Manchester, an event that will bring together young leaders from more than 190 countries on September 5. Markle is the director of the organization, along with other public figures such as Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, businessman Sir Richard Branson or chef Jamie Oliver. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will also visit Germany as part of their trip to “support a number of charities close to their hearts,” their spokesman said in a statement. They will then return to the UK to attend the Well Child Awards gala on September 8th.
The statement does not refer to the British royal family and does not specify an act in which it will coincide with any of its members. The last time they visited the UK was in early June for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. There was then speculation about a possible rapprochement, but after the pair’s photo and their only appearance, somewhat decaffeinated, comments watered down. There was no family reunion, no gestures of camaraderie. The media particularly highlighted the coldness towards his brother Guillermo, with whom he was not seen in public. Prince Charles’ children rarely shared time or approached positions. The role played by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in general was almost anecdotal: they weren’t seen on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, they were just chased by a photographer indoors, alongside lower-ranking relatives of the royal family. At Mass at St. Paul’s Cathedral, they came and went at different times from everyone else and sat well away from William and his wife, Kate Middleton. They left early and did not attend the concert at the palace or the parade, where the rest of the royal family was present.
According to Page Six’s website, Enrique and Meghan found the platinum jubilee celebrations “difficult” so they would have declined to visit Balmoral Castle this summer, the summer resting place of Elizabeth II’s British royal family. Some British media even doubt that they were invited. The last time the Duke and Duchess of Sussex passed through this mythical Scottish castle was in 2018.
Enrique and Meghan’s visit to England comes weeks before what promises to become a new point of disagreement. Expected to come to light this autumn is the critically acclaimed memoir of Henry of England, a copy that has fetched him $20 million and promises to recount unpublished aspects of the life of the former British royal and detail his distance from the Windsors, and at the same time that it could work even more together to increase that distance.