Meghan and Harry fly back to US 'almost immediately' after Queen's funeral for 'poignant' reunion with Archie and Lilibet

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have not seen their two children, Archie, 3, and one-year-old Lilibet, in a fortnight

Meghan and Harry fly back to US 'almost immediately' for Archie and Lilibet
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex plan to return to the US 'almost immediately' after the Queen's funeral, an inside source has revealed. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are returning to the US 'almost immediately' in the wake of Queen Elizabeth II's funeral, according to an inside source. 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are reportedly anxious to reunite with their two young children, Archie, 3, and one-year-old Lilibet, after being separated from the adorable royal toddlers for a full fortnight. 

The A-list couple was coincidently in England on September 8 for a charity tour when news broke that Her Majesty was being monitored by royal doctors at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. Just a few hours later, Buckingham Palace released a statement to confirm that the Queen had died 'peacefully' at the age of 96 – marking the end of her reign as Britain's longest-serving monarch. 


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It's understood that Prince Harry rushed from London to Balmoral to see his great-grandmother before she passed away, but was unable to make it to the Aberdeenshire estate in time to say goodbye.

The Sussexes extended their stay in the UK following the Queen's death, remaining at Frogmore Cottage so that they could join the Royal Family and the nation in its official period of mourning. They made their first public appearance with the Prince and Princess of Wales two days after the Queen's death, joining William and Kate for a solemn walkabout at Windsor Castle on Saturday, September 10, to greet mourners and view tributes. 


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They also attended the Queen's coffin procession to Westminster Abbey on September 14 and a vigil for the late monarch on September 17. The Sussexes' last outing on their UK visit took place at the Queen's state funeral on September 19, which was succeeded by a committal service at St. George's Chapel in Windsor. 

Meghan and Harry have reportedly already started to make their way back to California, where they have resided since their high-profile withdrawal from the Royal Family in January 2020. It's understood that they 'can't wait' to see their children again, after being thousands of miles away from them for half a month. 

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor

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"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," a royal insider told Us Weekly, before adding that it's "the longest amount of time they’ve been apart from their children." 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have reportedly spoken to Archie and Lilibet on a daily basis since they've been gone, but are now desperate to be with the junior royals properly after such a long trip. 

"They’ve missed the kids like crazy and have been FaceTiming them every day, but can’t wait to see and hold them again after a poignant few weeks," the source said. 

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.