Tensions within the British royal family have been at an all-time high over the past few months since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced that they were stepping down as senior royals. That’s why it’s come as a huge surprise that it was just announced that Harry and Meghan will be reuniting with Queen Elizabeth over the summer with their baby Archie for a family reunion of sorts.
“Harry and Meghan accepted the queen’s invitation to spend time with her at Balmoral in Scotland this summer,” a royal source told E! News. “They plan to take Archie with them.”
“Last year, they declined her invitation, which caused a bit of a stir, as they took Archie to Ibiza and to Elton John’s [vacation home] in the south of France,” the source added.
Though Harry and Meghan just paid a visit to the U.K. last week, they left baby Archie behind in Canada, much to the dismay of the Queen.
“I’m sorry, there isn’t an excuse for not bringing him. After all, he’s got to meet his family, his family are not going to get a chance to see him for quite some time, because Harry and Meghan are going to be in Canada or the United States,” Dickie Arbiter, the Queen’s former press secretary, told Nine News Australia. “There’s always the excuse, ‘Well he’s too young to fly;’ babies fly all the time, they flew Archie down to Southern Africa in October for that visit, so it wasn’t too far to take him there, so I believe that they should bring him.”
Arbiter went on to say that given the fact that the Queen and her husband Prince Philip are in their 90s, it’s a shame that they were denied the chance to spend time with their great-grandson.
“Well it is spiteful, it’s inconsiderate as well, and the Queen is going to be 94 in April, she’s not going to be with us much longer,” he said. “Prince Philip is going to be 99 in June, he’s not going to be here much longer. You’ve got to be practical, he was in hospital at Christmas, he looked pretty frail when he came out, and he’s up at Sandringham, nobody’s seen him, and he is frail. People do get frail at that age and it would be a great pity if Archie wasn’t brought over so that his great-grandparents could see him.”
Harry and Meghan have treated the Queen so badly over the past few months that they really have no business being in the same room as her at all. The fact that the Queen even invited them to Balmoral shows once again that she is a class act who will always take the high road, even when she’s in situations where she has every right to take the lowest road possible.
Hopefully, by the time Harry and Meghan fly to the U.K. for this visit, they will remember that the Queen is an incredible person who deserves respect.