Meghan Markle, Prince Harry leaves Archie behind in Canada

Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor would have always made history. When he was born on May 6 last year, his arrival in the world was wrapped in unprecedented level of secrecy for a small member of the royal family.

So his parents announced that they were avoiding the tradition and that he would not have a title.

Finally in September, at the age of four months, he became the youngest member of The Firm to undertake an official commitment abroad with his debut appearance being a morning tea with Nobel Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu .

Basically the boy (who from the poor photos that were released to him is an absolutely adorable combination of his two highly photogenic parents), during his short time on this Earth, managed to create serious and historical waves.

Archie is now making headlines again, with reports that while her parents Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, are preparing for the last week of official commitments in the UK, she would not have made the trip across the Atlantic with them.

Rather, according to the Daily Mail, Archie will remain in Canada to be treated by his nameless nanny and Meghan’s friend Jessica Mulroney.

Although this has not been confirmed, this was exactly the same babysitting arrangement that was put in place when Harry and Meghan returned to London together in January.

Assuming that these reports are based on concrete facts and that recent events would suggest that this is not a far-fetched hypothesis, Archie who remains in Canada would signal that they either do not see their future in the UK or will be read as confirming that things are toxic behind the palace gates – or even more worrying, both.

At the time of this writing, news has surfaced that Harry spent four hours Sunday with the queen, where he made it clear to his nephew that he and his family would always be welcome in the royal fold. However, the relationship between Sussex and other family members seems to have worn off over the past year.

In October, Harry apparently confirmed the existence of a breach with his brother Prince William in a television interview, while during the same program, Meghan told reporter Tom Brady “not many people asked if I’m okay,” in that which has been interpreted as a kind of excavation to the royal family.

Things went from bad to worse during the first two months of 2020.

Since news that the Sussex wanted to quit when the front row members of the royal family broke up in January, they have not been shy about expressing their regret and anger, on several occasions, about the exit conditions they have been forced to to accept.

The question now is: can things be patched up? Archie’s arrival in London or his stay in Canada would be a great indicator in both cases.

If you go back to look at the photo posted on Instagram on May 9, just three days after Archie’s birth, the joy on the faces of the queen, Prince Philip and Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, is authentic.

His Majesty’s face is particularly interesting as he has adopted the same frown for the best part of seven decades of devoted service. Yet here we have the longest serving British monarch who smiles positively at the sight of his eighth great grandson.

In contrast to the scenario now where Archie has been in Canada since November, which means he hasn’t seen any of his British relatives for at least four months. For the queen and the rest of the Windsor family, this separation must hurt.

Regardless of what happened, if Harry and Meghan were to bring Archie back to the UK it would surely be seen as a sign that they intended to work on trying to heal the fracture.

However, if they did not bring Archie back, this would show some disregard for his family’s wishes (family life, whether your golden carts are or not, implies having to do things you would prefer not in the name of maintaining family harmony ).

Likewise, leaving her son in North America would have telegraphed a particular lack of interest in investing time and energy in filing a relationship with her Cambridge cousins, which is certainly not an advantage for Windsor’s potential unity in the future.

Finally, this move would also talk about where the Sussex see their future. While their first sensational statement in January said they are planning “to raise our son with an appreciation for the real tradition in which he was born”, any chance of some sort of 50/50 deal seems to be falling and fast.

As the family maintains its property on Queen’s Windsor estate and repays the $ 4 million more taxpayer money spent on renovating the property, it seems more and more that they will not spend most of the year allocated to Victorian property.

It would seem that Archie could end up getting to know the royal family like the rest of the world, that is, looking The crown.

To be clear, it’s not about archiving in public or attending a service at Westminster Abbey (even relatively six-year-old Prince George isn’t forced to endure that kind of tour yet).

If he returned to Old Blighty with his parents, it would be very, very unlikely, if not nearly impossible, that he would be seen in public.

Rather, his absence would be the clearest sign of how fractured between Sussex and Windsor things that did not make concessions to the joy of the 93-year-old grandmother in seeing her youngest grandson (although it is worth noting that the spread of the coronavirus would further complicate this situation).

As the countdown starts at Harry and Meghan’s final release series as HRH, there is practically only one thing that is clear. Archie will celebrate his first birthday on May 6, which will be five weeks after his parents officially retire as members of the royal family. There are so many unknowns as the Sussex embark on this new chapter, but one question that remains to be answered is who will be alongside their parents to help Archie blow out the candles. At this rate, probably not the queen.

Daniela Elser is an expert and real writer with 15 years of experience working with some of the major Australian media titles.


in the rapid transformation of Prince Harry

There is every chance that Prince Harry will remember Valentine’s Day 2014.

Not because he spent it on a romantic date with his then Cressida Bonas, but because he worked to his knees in flood waters, carrying sandbags with his brother Prince William.

Six years later, devastating storms hit the UK again this week, leaving parts of the country underwater – and Harry is a world away (to be honest, William is currently enjoying himself in the mid term with his children rather than trying to keep Berkshire retirees dry).

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Earlier this month Harry and wife Meghan dined with Jennifer Lopez and her boyfriend baseball star became businessman Alex Rodriguez.

Think about it for a moment. Imagine stepping into a time machine and telling Harry about 2014 – a man who had just served two terms on the front lines in Afghanistan and was renowned for his 2-faced red nightclub exits – that he would attend what is essentially a kaffeeklatsch millionaire banker before dining with the star of Gigli.

And that he would stay in a borrowed house so tasteless that it would be perfect for a Real housewife.

Oh, and who lived in Canada.

To be clear, it’s not about snobbery, but an indicator of how wildly Harry’s life has changed in a matter of weeks – five, if you’re counting.

Wednesday this week marked 31 days since Harry essentially said goodbye to the UK in a charity function, giving a passionate (albeit perhaps a little rude) speech before flying out of the country.

In just over a month, her daily existence has changed so profoundly that almost all the vestiges of her previous existence have disappeared. He is no longer considered His Royal Highness. It no longer has official ties to the military. Starting on the most recent Wednesday, his and his Meghan went on to be sold as “Sussex Royal” after the Queen put the kibosh on them using the royal imprimatur.

Adding this sense of purpose to their departure was the news that came out this week regarding their 15-year-old office staff, which includes their private secretary and communications team. While he and Meghan initially stated in their January 6 resignation announcement that they planned to “balance” their time between the UK and North America, this seems less and less likely after it has been revealed that their entire office London has been dissolved.

In the meantime, they initiated a U.S.-based support operation, the couple reportedly worked with American supremos PR Sunshine Sachs and a member of the Suits former professional management team of the star.

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47 days have passed since the Sussex first signaled – through Instagram posts and a brilliant new website – their intention to renegotiate their real “contract”.

47 days later, gray England has disappeared, days of shaking hands and hugs of children. Instead, they are chatting with the global commercial elite and making quick trips to the heart of Silicon Valley to brainstorm on their philanthropic bases that will soon be launched. It has even been reported, via the United Kingdom Mirror, that there is an “gold rush” going on between the banking elite to protect Harry and Meghan and that the leaders of the World Economic Forum want the Sussex to speak at next year’s billionaire gabfest.

If I had told someone even three years ago that Harry would spend his time dating Bill Gates and Jenny from the block, they would have laughed at you. This was the man who once dressed as a Nazi for a party and managed to finish high school with only two A levels – a B in art and a D in geography.

Every life changes with marriage. With the children. With the fusion of different lives that go to create a family. However for Harry this shift is not only seismic but inconceivably fast.

What’s so interesting is that this is a face that nobody could have foreseen even a year ago. While Harry and Meghan faced a series of public relations crises and a bold relationship with the press over the past 12 months, this time in 2019 it was inconceivable that the couple would follow such a dramatic and unchangeable path.

Regardless of what you think of Harry’s move, the alacrity and resolve of last month’s resignation speaks of a certain courage and talent that is commendable.

However, he has both gained and lost so much – and so quickly – and this must have a certain emotional price.

Come on June 13, how will you feel when you stand on the Buckingham Palace balcony for Trooping the Color and will have to wear a simple suit rather than the military suit you previously had the right to wear? (That is, assuming you go back across the pond to participate.)

The army played such a crucial role in its life and identity. It must be hurt to be cut off from something he cares so much about.

In turning his back on life as a full-time member of the royal family, Harry clearly believes he is doing the right thing for his family. Most often, the intrinsic sacrifice required when people from different countries marry falls on the woman.

To his credit, Harry has been willing to give up much of what is dear to him to try and ensure the happiness of his wife and son.

However, unloved by friends, family and the institution that defined his adult life so much, he has now been left to forge a new existence in a new country surrounded by new people. Change is natural but the extent of this reinvention has an alarming whiplash.

After the divorce from Prince Charles in 1996, Diana, princess of Wales, started in a very concerted and determined way, creating for herself the life she wanted. Now, 24 years later, her son is doing the same thing with passion and fervor that they remember the Princess. He hopes that he will find the peace, joy and purpose he was looking for.

Daniela Elser is an expert and real writer with 15 years of experience working with a number of important Australian media titles.