• Meghan Markle remains in the US as Prince Harry visits the UK.
  • Prince Harry attends the Invictus Games’ 10th anniversary without his wife.
  • The royal couple are set to embark on a trip to Nigeria instead, citing better public relations opportunities.

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Prince Harry recently arrived in the UK for the second time since King Charles III disclosed his cancer diagnosis. However, his wife, Meghan Markle, chose to stay behind in the US, sparking various speculations about her absence.

Prince Harry attends a press conference at the Merkur Spiel Arena on September 6, 2022 in Dusseldorf, Germany. | Source: Getty Images

Prince Harry attends a press conference at the Merkur Spiel Arena on September 6, 2022 in Dusseldorf, Germany. | Source: Getty Images

Prince Harry made a significant appearance in his home country, specifically to attend the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games. The 39-year-old Duke of Sussex, who resigned from his senior royal duties with his wife, Markle, in March 2020, landed to a warm reception as he came to celebrate this pivotal charity event.

Prince Harry seen at a polo event with a film crew on April 13, 2024 in Wellington, Florida. | Source: Getty Images

Prince Harry seen at a polo event with a film crew on April 13, 2024 in Wellington, Florida. | Source: Getty Images

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The Invictus Games, a brainchild of Prince Harry following his tenure in the British Army as an air controller, are organized annually to honor and support sick and wounded service members and veterans through the power of sport.

Prince Harry departs The Invictus Games Foundation 10th Anniversary Service at St Paul's Cathedral on May 8, 2024 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Prince Harry departs The Invictus Games Foundation 10th Anniversary Service at St Paul’s Cathedral on May 8, 2024 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Upon his arrival, Prince Harry was immediately thrust into the limelight. Photographs that surfaced online captured him making a notable entrance at the event, warmly engaging with attendees and offering greetings before he ascended the stage for a panel discussion.

Prince Harry greets The Very Reverend Andrew Tremlett, Dean of St Paul's at St Paul's Cathedral on May 8, 2024 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Prince Harry greets The Very Reverend Andrew Tremlett, Dean of St Paul’s at St Paul’s Cathedral on May 8, 2024 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

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This event was not just a ceremonial appearance; Prince Harry actively participated in the “IGF Conversation: Realising a Global Community.” It is a discussion aimed at fostering global solidarity through the Invictus Games, set just before the official commencement of the competition.

Prince Harry departs The Invictus Games Foundation 10th Anniversary Service at St Paul's Cathedral on May 8, 2024 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Prince Harry departs The Invictus Games Foundation 10th Anniversary Service at St Paul’s Cathedral on May 8, 2024 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

This visit to the UK was notably swift and came under pressing circumstances. Following the announcement that King Charles III was undergoing treatment for cancer, the media reported that Prince Harry had quickly flown to the UK in February 2024.

King Charles III leaves the Easter Mattins Service at Windsor Castle on March 31, 2024 in Windsor, England. | Source: Getty Images

King Charles III leaves the Easter Mattins Service at Windsor Castle on March 31, 2024 in Windsor, England. | Source: Getty Images

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Despite the urgency and potential gravity of the situation, his visit to see his father was remarkably brief, lasting only a few hours. Buckingham Palace released a statement that same month regarding the King’s health. The institution explained the royal’s treatment and expressed his gratitude toward his medical team for their timely intervention.

King Charles III seen inside the Metropolitan Police Service Special Operations Room at Lambeth HQ on September 17, 2022 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

King Charles III seen inside the Metropolitan Police Service Special Operations Room at Lambeth HQ on September 17, 2022 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

The palace revealed that while at a hospital for benign prostate enlargement, doctors discovered another pressing issue regarding the royal’s health. Following diagnostic test, King Charles learned that he had a form of cancer. “Throughout this period, His Majesty will continue to undertake State business and official paperwork as usual, the statement read at the time.

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During this recent visit, a Buckingham Palace spokesman revealed that Prince Harry would not see his father due to the King’s “full program.” Furthermore, Prince William also missed the Invictus Games events.

Prince Harry and King Charles attend the "International Year of The Reef" 2018 meeting at Fishmongers Hall on February 14, 2018 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Prince Harry and King Charles attend the “International Year of The Reef” 2018 meeting at Fishmongers Hall on February 14, 2018 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

According to the statement shared by the royal’s spokesman, Prince Harry understands that his father is busy because of work commitments including other priorities and hopes that he would see him soon.

King Charles and Prince Harry attend the "Our Planet" global premiere at Natural History Museum on April 4, 2019 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

King Charles and Prince Harry attend the “Our Planet” global premiere at Natural History Museum on April 4, 2019 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

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Ahead of the event, it was already public knowledge that the Duke’s wife Markle would not be joining him for the occasion. Even when he made his way to the UK in February following the diagnosis of his father, she chose to stay behind in the US.

Meghan Markle attends day eight of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at Wimbledon on July 4, 2016 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle attends day eight of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at Wimbledon on July 4, 2016 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Speculation about the Duchess of Sussex’s absence was rife, with former royal butler Grant Harrold claiming that she felt that it was something that Prince Harry had to do alone.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend an Anzac Day service at Westminster Abbey on April 25, 2018 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend an Anzac Day service at Westminster Abbey on April 25, 2018 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

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Harrold, who previously worked for the King of England for seven years when he was the Prince of Wales, further claimed Markle made a conscious choice to stay behind.

Meghan Markle speaks onstage at Austin Convention Center on March 8, 2024 in Austin, Texas. | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle speaks onstage at Austin Convention Center on March 8, 2024 in Austin, Texas. | Source: Getty Images

He suggested that she stayed back to look after their children, believing that Prince Harry should face this family matter alone. “It’s his father. She’s aware of the close relationship and probably encouraged him to come over,” Harrold stated.

Prince Harry onstage during The Invictus Games Foundation Conversation at the Honourable Artillery Company on May 7, 2024 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Prince Harry onstage during The Invictus Games Foundation Conversation at the Honourable Artillery Company on May 7, 2024 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

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However, Meghan’s decision not to accompany Prince Harry for his recent trip was not just about family dynamics. Royal experts suggest that she might travel to the UK at a later date.

Dominic Reid OBE and Prince Harry during The Invictus Games Foundation Conversation at the Honourable Artillery Company on May 7, 2024 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Dominic Reid OBE and Prince Harry during The Invictus Games Foundation Conversation at the Honourable Artillery Company on May 7, 2024 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Meanwhile, discussions about bringing their children, Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet, to the UK have been proposed by Prince William and Princess Kate Middleton in an effort to mend familial rifts. However, royal author Tom Quinn noted that these plans are not progressing.

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Prince William, and Kate Middleton watch a flypast from the balcony of Buckingham Palace on July 10, 2018 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Prince William, and Kate Middleton watch a flypast from the balcony of Buckingham Palace on July 10, 2018 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex currently have a strained relationship with the Royal Family and are also estranged from the Prince and Princess of Wales.

Prince Harry during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Prince Harry during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Prince William and Middleton have attempted to salvage the foursome’s relationship by inviting them over with their kids but Markle reportedly refused.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit the Terrence Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair at Nottingham Contemporary on December 1, 2017 in Nottingham, England. | Source: Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit the Terrence Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair at Nottingham Contemporary on December 1, 2017 in Nottingham, England. | Source: Getty Images

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“There is no way Meghan would bring the children to the UK. William and Kate have suggested that Meghan and Harry bring the children and that the two couples and their families try to make up, but the suggestion is not leading anywhere so far,” said Quinn.

An undated image of Meghan Markle and her son Prince Archie | Source: Getty Images

An undated image of Meghan Markle and her son Prince Archie | Source: Getty Images

Adding to the complexity of her decision, Markle is scheduled to travel to Nigeria shortly after Prince Harry’s UK visit. While there, the royal couple will discuss the Invictus Games and will be offered security by the Nigerian government.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a photocall at The Sunken Gardens, Kensington Palace on November 27, 2017 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a photocall at The Sunken Gardens, Kensington Palace on November 27, 2017 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

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This trip, according to royal correspondent Jack Royston, offers a significant public relations benefit that she wouldn’t receive in the UK. That said, the Duchess of Sussex would rather travel to the African country instead of going to a place where people “don’t really like her very much.”

According to one expert, the American native will probably be accused of being “selfish” by refusing to come and see King Charles and Middleton, who are currently experiencing health issues.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend a Terrence Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair at Nottingham Contemporary on December 1, 2017 in Nottingham, England. | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend a Terrence Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair at Nottingham Contemporary on December 1, 2017 in Nottingham, England. | Source: Getty Images

Although the real reason for the Duchess of Sussex absence remains unknown, royal experts claim that the royal fears “waves of abuse” if she returns to the UK.

Meghan Markle during an interview on "Good Morning America," on April 20, 2020 | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle during an interview on “Good Morning America,” on April 20, 2020 | Source: Getty Images

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Author Quinn, said, “Meghan will be accused of being selfish by not coming to see King Charles and Kate. […] People are beginning to ask why can’t Meghan just grow up and accept that families fall out but that holding grudges is just selfish and immature.”

Meghan Markle attends an Anzac Day service at Westminster Abbey on April 25, 2018 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle attends an Anzac Day service at Westminster Abbey on April 25, 2018 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Quinn’s comments come after ITV News’ royal correspondent Chris Ship recalled how the Duke and Duchess were treated the last time they made a public appearance together at a royal event. He said Markle would not want to experience that again.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend the UK Team Trials for the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 at the University of Bath on April 6, 2018 in Bath, England. | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend the UK Team Trials for the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 at the University of Bath on April 6, 2018 in Bath, England. | Source: Getty Images

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Markle’s last visit to the UK was in September 2022 for Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee at St. Paul’s Cathedral, where she and Prince Harry faced a hostile reception.

Meghan Markle during the royal tour of South Africa on October 1, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle during the royal tour of South Africa on October 1, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. | Source: Getty Images

She and her husband Prince Harry were booed during their last visit to the UK together. This occurred as they went inside St. Paul’s Cathedral and once, they came out again.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral on June 3, 2022 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on June 3, 2022 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

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Moreover, former Hollywood actress does not want to steal the spotlight from the royal family. Markle skipped on going to her father-in-law King Charles III’s coronation in May 2023.

Meghan Markle visits the African not-for-profit organisation 'mothers2mothers' on September 25, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle visits the African not-for-profit organisation ‘mothers2mothers’ on September 25, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. | Source: Getty Images

Royal biographer, Omid Scobie appeared on “This Morning,” and explained the Duchess only wanted to protect her peace, hence she did not go. When asked whether some royal members would be relieved that she was not there, Scobie said probably.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a photocall at The Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace on November 27, 2017 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a photocall at The Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace on November 27, 2017 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

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Royal biographer Omid Scobie suggests that despite this, Meghan maintains a warm relationship with King Charles, sharing updates about their children with him through aides.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle listen to a broadcast through headphones at Reprezent 107.3FM in Pop Brixton on January 9, 2018 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle listen to a broadcast through headphones at Reprezent 107.3FM in Pop Brixton on January 9, 2018 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

“There is more warmth between Harry and Meghan and Charles than other family members,” Scobie said in an interview, adding, “and that has grown since they’ve left the country.”

King Charles III and Queen Camilla during the launch of the Coronation Food Project on November 14, 2023 in Didcot, England. | Source: Getty Images

King Charles III and Queen Camilla during the launch of the Coronation Food Project on November 14, 2023 in Didcot, England. | Source: Getty Images

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Scobie admitted that he was surprised to learn that Markle kept in touch with her father-in-law. He said that seeing the two still keep in touch, there is hope for reconciliation between them.

Meghan Markle talks with Prince Charles at the Westminster Abbey Commonwealth day service on March 11, 2019 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle talks with Prince Charles at the Westminster Abbey Commonwealth day service on March 11, 2019 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

At his coronation, King Charles expressed affection for the Duchess of Sussex and his son Prince Harry, affirming his love for them as they build their lives abroad.

King Charles III on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following the coronation on May 6, 2023 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

King Charles III on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following the coronation on May 6, 2023 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

“I want also to express my love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives overseas,” said the King. This gesture hints at a possible reconciliation between the King and the Sussexes, although the difficulties of their relationships with the broader Royal Family remain.

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