There's been a Meghan and Harry-shaped hole in our lives since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex left the UK for Canada in January, as part of their new life being non-working royals. But all that's about to change in the next few days, as the Sussexes return home to wrap up their last few official engagements as senior royal family members.
And while, sure, we're excited to see Meghan Markle and Prince Harry back on British soil, the person we're all desperate to catch a glimpse of is, of course, their ten-month-old son Archie. But according to a report in The Times, we're all out of luck - the baby is thought to be staying behind in Canada.
It's believed Archie Harrison will remain in Vancouver, where his parents have set up a base, along with his nanny. While there's no confirmation this is the case, if this is what Meghan and Harry have decided, it's most likely because of the busy schedule they have planned while back in the UK.
Prince Harry has already carried out two official engagements since arriving back in Great Britain last week, and he'll be joined by wife Meghan Markle for the next one tomorrow night. The Duke and Duchess will be attending the Endeavour Fund Awards on Thursday 5 March, which celebrates injured members of the Armed Forces Community who have gone on to use sport and adventurous challenge as part of their recovery.
Then on Friday 6 March, Harry will celebrate the official opening of the Silverstone Experience with Formula 1 champion, Lewis Hamilton, and on Saturday 7 March, both the Sussexes will attend the Mountbatten Music Festival at the Royal Albert Hall.
International Women's Day falls on Sunday 8 March, and while no specifics have been confirmed, a spokesperson for the Sussexes has said the Duchess will be marking it in some way. Then, on Monday 9 March, the annual Commonwealth Service will be held at Westminster Abbey. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been confirmed to attend, as they have done in previous years, alongside Prince William, Kate Middleton, Charles and Camilla, and Queen Elizabeth.
So when you think about it like that, there's not really much point in Archie travelling all that way with his parents, when they'll be so jam-packed.
The Times' source suggests the royal family are "very sad" that they won't get to see baby Archie, having seen relatively little of him since he was born. In mid-November, Meghan and Harry took an extended break from their royal duties to spend time away from the public eye in Vancouver. Since then, they have only spent a number of days back in the country at their residence, Frogmore Cottage in Windsor.
But while we might not get to see Archie this time around, the chances are the Sussexes *might* just share a picture of their young son on social media before the month is out. On 22 March it's Mother's Day in the UK, and last year on the US celebration of the occasion, Meghan and Harry shared an adorable picture of Archie's feet on Instagram.
Paying tribute to all mothers today - past, present, mothers-to-be, and those lost but forever remembered. We honor and celebrate each and every one of you. Today is Mother’s Day in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Kenya, Japan, and several countries across Europe. This is the first Mother’s Day for The Duchess of Sussex. Quote from “lands” by @nayyirah.waheed: my mother was my first country; the first place i ever lived. Photo © SussexRoyal
A post shared by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (@sussexroyal) on May 12, 2019 at 6:21am PDT
Similarly, on Father's Day in the UK last June, the couple posted another photograph of the young royal, an adorable sepia picture of Archie clutching his dad's finger.
A post shared by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (@sussexroyal) on Jun 16, 2019 at 5:01am PDT
Fingers crossed for a Mother's Day Instagram!
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