Here’s Why Meghan Markle Won’t Travel to London with Prince Harry, According to a Royal Expert

It all makes sense now

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Prince Harry is preparing to hop across the pond for his highly anticipated return to London in a few days. Although his wife, Meghan Markle, won’t accompany him on the trip, I’m not surprised in the slightest by the duchess’s decision to stay behind—and here’s why.

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In one week, the Duke of Sussex, 39, will travel to London to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Invictus Games. Prince Harry will attend a service at St. Paul’s Cathedral, where he will deliver a reading. 

Although I previously reported about the royal’s trip to London, several outlets recently confirmed that the Duchess of Sussex will not accompany him. She will, however, join him in Nigeria after his visit to England. This is fairly typical behavior for the royal couple, especially since the Sussex’s security demands haven’t been met.

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Rachel Bowie (co-host of the Royally Obsessed podcast) agreed with this statement, saying, “The fact that Meghan won't be joining Harry in London on May 8 doesn’t surprise me. Given the Sussexes ongoing security concerns and the lack of police protection that meets their standards in the U.K., it makes sense that she’d skip this detour and instead join Harry in Nigeria.”

Bowie also noted that the couple’s two children—Archie, 4, and Lilibet, 2—likely impacted Markle’s decision to miss the first half of the trip. “There are other reasons, too: The pair undoubtedly try to minimize time where they're both away from their kids as well,” she added. 

It all makes sense now. 

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Greta Heggeness is a California-based editor at PureWow and has been writing about entertainment since 2015. She covers everything from awards shows to exclusive celebrity...