Meghan and Harry Didn't Take Archie to the U.K. With Them This Week

Meghan's BFF Jessica Mulroney is taking care of Archie in Canada.

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  • Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan's son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, did not accompany the couple to London this week.
  • Archie is reported to still be in Canada with Meghan's close friend Jessica Mulroney and a nanny. Meghan is expected to return to Victoria, Canada, this evening.

While Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan flew to London for their first return back to royal engagements (opens in new tab)—and also break the news that they have decided as a couple to step down from being active senior members of the royal family—their eight-month-old son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, has remained in Canada.

Omid Scobie reports for  (opens in new tab)BAZAAR.com (opens in new tab) that while the Sussexes spent time in England this week, Archie remained under the careful watch of Meghan’s close friend Jessica Mulroney and a nanny. Meghan is expected to return to their son in Victoria, Canada, this evening with Harry to soon follow.

Mulroney, whose three children were a part of Meghan and Harry’s wedding day in 2018, posted an encouraging Instagram (opens in new tab) hours after the news of the Sussexes’ stepping down started making headlines, according to  (opens in new tab)People (opens in new tab).

The upcoming days are sure to be a challenge for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The queen has reportedly ordered a meeting between herself, Prince Charles, Prince William, and their respective offices, aiming to find a “workable solution” to Meghan and Harry’s desire to alter their roles as soon as possible.

Though the duke and duchess both acknowledge that their decision is a difficult one, a friend close to the couple tells BAZAAR.com they are “feeling confident” regarding their plans to alter their roles within the monarchy.

“Harry and Meghan are aware that they’ll be criticized, perhaps even vilified, for taking control of their lives,” continues the friend. “But creating a positive future for themselves and their family has always been their priority.”

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Bianca Betancourt is the Culture Editor at HarpersBAZAAR.com where she covers all things film, TV, music, and of course, Royal Family ongoings. When she's not writing she loves impulsively baking a batch of cookies, re-listening to the same early 2000s pop playlist and stalking Mariah Carey's Twitter feed.