Now that Prince Harry is back in Montecito – he arrived in California on Tuesday – it seems we’re going to get more information about his trip from Sussex-approved sources, speaking to Sussex-approved outlets. The Daily Mail, the Times and the Sun might get weird leaks from Kensington Palace, but Meghan and Harry’s preferred outlets are People Mag, Harper’s Bazaar and CBS This Morning. While it was clear that Harry – or someone close to him – briefed Omid Scobie, it should definitely be noted that Meghan has used their communications office too. Her spokesperson issued a statement before Prince Philip’s funeral about how Meghan would be watching at home, and how she sent a note and organized a special wreath. Now sources close to Meghan have told People Mag that she spoke to the Queen before and after the funeral too.
While Meghan Markle couldn’t attend Prince Philip’s funeral last Saturday, she connected with her grandmother-in-law Queen Elizabeth ahead of the service.
“Meghan spoke with Harry before his grandfather’s funeral,” a source tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “Meghan and Archie also spoke with the Queen earlier this week.”
In February, Harry said that the family of three had been doing video calls with the Queen and Prince Philip amid the pandemic. “Both my grandparents do Zoom,” Harry told James Corden. “They’ve seen Archie running around.”
Harry’s return to Britain for the funeral last week meant leaving Meghan and their nearly 2-year-old son Archie at home in California and quarantining for several days at Frogmore Cottage, the Windsor home he and Meghan shared before moving to the U.S. and which they still maintain as a U.K. base.
“Meghan and Harry have been in touch every day,” the source adds. “She knows the trip to England has been difficult for Harry. He didn’t want to leave Meghan and Archie alone. Meghan has insisted to him every day though that they are fine. She hasn’t wanted him to worry.”
After a tense year apart, Harry, who returned home to California on Tuesday, also reunited with his brother Prince William at the funeral. “It has been a very difficult time,” a well-connected royal insider tells PEOPLE of the past year. “The Duke was the head of the family, and if there were any time they were going to come together, it’s now.”
The brothers are unlikely to meet again before July, when they are due to unveil a statue in honor of their late mother, Princess Diana. “They’ve had massive input,” says a senior palace source. “It’s their project.”
Sure, I buy that Harry didn’t want to leave his pregnant wife and small child alone for more than a week while he dealt with the melodramatic clown show of the Windsor klan. I also think… Meghan wants to remind everyone that Harry is a good guy, that he’s not going to run back to the Windsors and play their game. Harry and Meghan both want to emphasize that they have no issue with the Queen in particular. Which only highlights the massive issues they have with Charles, William, the courtiers and the whole royal system.
Meanwhile, a source told Us Weekly that M&H have not chosen a name for Lil Montecito yet. They’re taking their time because they want Lil Montecito’s name “to have meaning.” But they do have “some top picks.”
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