It's been quite some time since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been this side of the pond – they haven't returned as a couple since stepping down as senior members of the Royal Family in 2020, although Harry returned twice last year alone – but that's about to change this weekend as the duo will be heading over to Europe from their home in the US.
Unfortunately, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be skipping a visit to the UK and travelling straight to The Netherlands, where the Invictus Games are being held in The Hague after being postponed for the last two years. The Invictus Games, which Prince Harry founded in 2014 to support the rehabilitation of injured military veterans after his own tour of duty in Afghanistan, kicks off on Saturday 16 April and runs until the following Friday.
According to ITV, Meghan is likely to attend the event across "several days" before she returns to their home in California, where the Sussexes' two children are expected to remain. It's unclear whether Harry will make a stopover in the UK to visit the Queen after the Invictus Games – given that he recently promised to see her as soon as he could after dropping out of Prince Philip's memorial service last month. "The Duke will not be returning to the UK in late March, but hopes to visit his grandmother as soon as possible," a statement released last month on behalf of the Duke read.
Despite all of this, Harry has made it clear that he has some serious concerns when it comes to returning to the UK, emphasising that he doesn't feel his family – which includes two-year-old Archie and ten-month-old Lilibet – are safe. In fact, the Duke of Sussex is currently seeking a judicial review of the Home Office's refusal to allow him to privately fund police protection for himself and his family when they're in the UK.
A legal representative for Prince Harry confirmed that he wants his wife and children to be safe in the UK, but that it's too dangerous without adequate police protection, "Prince Harry inherited a security risk at birth, for life," a statement from his legal team read. "The UK will always be Prince Harry's home and a country he wants his wife and children to be safe in. With the lack of police protection, comes too great a personal risk."
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