How Meghan Markle Tried to Calm Prince Harry During His UK Trip

Amid a difficult time and trip, Harry “didn’t want to leave Meghan and Archie alone.”

Prince Harry is back in California (opens in new tab) now; he returned Tuesday after spending a week in England for his grandfather Prince Philip’s funeral. His wife Meghan Markle was unable to travel with him, as her doctor did not clear her to fly (opens in new tab) so late into her pregnancy. This week, People (opens in new tab) got a little more detail about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s dynamic during the trip—and just how supportive Meghan was of Harry from afar.

“Meghan and Harry have been in touch every day,” a source said of Harry’s time away. “She knows the trip to England has been difficult for Harry. He didn’t want to leave Meghan and Archie alone. Meghan has insisted to him every day though that they are fine. She hasn’t wanted him to worry.”

Meghan and the couple’s nearly two-year-old son Archie were also in contact with the Queen, People’s source revealed: “Meghan spoke with Harry before his grandfather’s funeral. Meghan and Archie also spoke with the Queen earlier this week.”

Us Weekly (opens in new tab) had similar intel about Harry and Meghan’s correspondence while he was away. A source told the outlet on April 12, “He’s already really missing Meghan and Archie and has been FaceTiming them every day to check in. He actually speaks to Meghan a few times a day because he worries [about] leaving her when she’s so far along in her pregnancy.”

Harper’s Bazaar (opens in new tab) reported yesterday that British tabloid reports that Harry made great strides with his brother Prince William and father Prince Charles while in the UK weren’t accurate. Harry’s visit was the first time he had been back to the UK since his and Meghan’s bombshell-filled Oprah interview (opens in new tab) aired in March, where they addressed why the royal family’s treatment led them to ultimately step back from their senior royal family roles permanently.

A source close to Harry told Harper’s Bazaar that respecting Philip was the focus of the trip, not brokering peace. “This trip was to honor the life of his grandfather and support his grandmother and relatives,” the source said. “It was very much a family-focused period of time. Saturday broke the ice for future conversations but outstanding issues have not been addressed at any great length. The family simply put their issues to one side to focus on what mattered.”

Alyssa Bailey
News and Strategy Editor

Alyssa Bailey is the news and strategy editor at ELLE.com, where she oversees coverage of celebrities and royals (particularly Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton). She previously held positions at InStyle and Cosmopolitan. When she's not working, she loves running around Central Park, making people take #ootd pics of her, and exploring New York City.