Meghan Markle, 39, has not been back to the UK since moving permanently to the United States last year with her husband Prince Harry, 39 and their young son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, two. Since their transatlantic relocation, the couple have given a number of interviews to the media, including a tell-all sit down with Oprah Winfrey at the beginning of the year, which left critics divided over their comments on the Royal Family.
The Sussexes had claimed they felt racial prejudice from an unnamed member of the Royal Family after the birth of their son Archie.
They alleged the senior royal questioned “how dark” Archie would be in tandem with talks over whether the baby should receive a prince title.
Since then Prince Harry has flown back to the UK just twice, once to attend the funeral of his grandfather Prince Philip and also to attend the unveiling of a statue in his late mother, Princess Diana’s honour.
On both occasions, the duke has been unaccompanied by his wife, Archie, or newborn daughter Lilibet.
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Many have questioned if the Sussexes will ever visit the UK as a family ever again, and now Lady Colin Campbell has claimed the “bad publicity” from some sections of media is preventing their return.
In her latest YouTube video, Lady Colin said: “They know they are going to be subjected to a lot of bad publicity, and they have been warned.
“I am reliably informed that the bad publicity they are getting is affecting their brand. So really they have been warned off coming to England.”
Her comments come as Prince Harry confirmed he would not be attending an event to celebrate his mother’s statue unveiling.
There have been significant disagreements between the Sussexes and the rest of the royal family, but the brothers managed to put on a united front when they unveiled the statue in July.
“Every day, we wish she were still with us, and our hope is that this statue will be seen forever as a symbol of her life and her legacy,” William and Harry said in a joint statement issued after the design was revealed.
The Duke of Sussex’s decision to not attend the larger memorial party for his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, is likely to drive a further wedge between him and his brother, a royal expert has said.
“I think it’s very sad that Harry didn’t go and I think he [would have been] sorely missed,” royal expert Duncan Larcombe, author of Prince Harry: The Inside Story told OK!
“If their mother’s legacy can’t bring them together then you do wonder what on earth can.”
“It’ll be interesting to see if William makes any reference to Harry and I would expect he will [have done],” he continued.
“He [will have] thanked people for being there on behalf of him and his brother. We’ll have to wait until we know what William [has said] before we can draw conclusions about whether the rift has deepened.”
With Harry’s announcement that he’s in the process of writing a memoir and memories of the Oprah interview still fresh in the minds of the Royal Family, there’s little surprise that relations between the brothers remain sour, said Duncan.