Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are now back in Canada, following a brief trip to the UK to carry out their final engagements as working royals. We knew from the outset that the couple's 10-month-old baby, Archie Harrison, wouldn't be joining them on their return to the family's former home country - but now we know the real reason why.
Previously, the decision to leave Archie in North America (presumably being looked after by his nanny, or his grandma Doria Ragland) was put down to how busy the Duke and Duchess' schedule was in the UK. They had public and private engagements going on almost every day during their trip. What would be the point in hauling a young baby all the way across the Atlantic, only for him to spend little-to-no time with his parents while he was here, anyway?
But a new article written by journalist and mental health activist Bryony Gordon, for the Telegraph, shares a new insight into the actual reason Archie's parents made the decision to keep him at home. Gordon shared some of Meghan Markle's last few hours in the UK with her, attending a private meeting between the Duchess and a group of young scholars from the Commonwealth.
During the meeting, Gordon described the topics of conversation ranging from "cancer care in Rwanda, [to] climate research projects in India, and yes, how to prevent the spread of coronavirus throughout the globe." And on that subject - the coronavirus pandemic - the group got around to talking about Archie.
"The decision to leave Archie behind in Canada came not out of petty spite, as reported in some areas, but out of concern for his health during the threat of a global pandemic," wrote Gordon in her insightful article.
Ahhh, so that's why they didn't pack Archie and all his favourite teddies up to bring him over to London.
A source who spoke to The Times earlier this month about the choice to keep baby Archie in Canada suggested the royal family were "very sad" to hear that they wouldn't get to see their nephew/cousin/grandson. But there'll be absolutely no doubt that the royals totally supported Meghan and Harry's decision, for completely valid health reasons, to leave him at home.
We might not have got to see Archie this time around, but 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. Then, on Father's Day in the UK, another photo of the young baby was shared. So who knows? Maybe we'll catch a glimpse of the toddling royal after all.
According to Bryony Gordon's Telegraph article, the couple wasted no time in returning to Canada and their young son. "On Monday another ending to the fairytale was in motion. Meghan caught a flight out of this country she had tried to adopt as her home, back to Canada, the country she has temporarily adopted as her new one," the story reads.
So farewell, for now, Meghan and Harry. We hope to see you back again soon.
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