Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s time in the U.K. has come to an end following their extended visit after Queen Elizabeth II’s death. Hello! learned that the couple left London Heathrow airport on Tuesday for their Montecito, CA home after arriving in the U.K. on Sept. 3. They departed one day after the Queen’s funeral.
After 17 days away from their children, three-year-old Archie and one-year-old Lilibet, who both did not come abroad for the Queen’s funeral due to their young age, the family are set to be reunited imminently. A source told Us Weekly on Monday that Meghan and Harry were keen to get home as soon as possible following the day’s funeral ceremonies for the late monarch because of their little ones.
“Meghan and Harry are preparing to return to Montecito almost immediately after the funeral, where they’ll be reunited with Archie and Lilibet after being separated for over two weeks,” the source said, stressing that it’s “the longest amount of time they’ve been apart from their children.”
Before they left, Meghan reportedly sought out a meeting with King Charles III. It’s unclear whether she was granted it. NBC and MSNBC’s royal reporter Neil Sean reported that a “very good source” informed him that Meghan requested the audience with Charles via letter.
“She’d now like [to], before they return back to California, to have a one-to-one audience with King Charles III,” Sean said earlier this week in a video posted on YouTube, via Sky News and Page Six. “That’s right, Meghan one-to-one with King Charles III. You heard correct. And what’s interesting here is, according to that good source, this was made in a formal letter, this is how you write to the King. Now you have to admire Meghan’s self-belief, whatever you think.”
Sean added that the letter acted as “an opportunity to clear the air, put the rights from wrongs and explain some of the rationale behind what they’ve been doing over the last two years. Truthfully we have no idea if this is going to go forward. It’s a very brave move from Meghan herself.”
“I think forgiveness is really important. It takes a lot more energy to not forgive,” she said. “But it takes a lot of effort to forgive. I’ve really made an active effort, especially knowing that I can say anything.” She was quiet before adding, “I have a lot to say until I don’t. Do you like that? Sometimes, as they say, the silent part is still part of the song.”
Alyssa Bailey is the senior news and strategy editor at ELLE.com, where she oversees coverage of celebrities and royals (particularly Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton). She previously held positions at InStyle and Cosmopolitan. When she’s not working, she loves running around Central Park, making people take #ootd pics of her, and exploring New York City.