Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and, in all likelihood, their 9-month-old son Archie are set to visit their former home of London next week, but one big question remains.
Despite their decision to step down from their roles as senior members of the royal family, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are set to return to the United Kingdom with Archie in tow at the request of Queen Elizabeth. Why? Well, Her Majesty, 93, and the rest of the royal family will be celebrating Commonwealth Day on Sunday, March 9 at Westminster Abbey and it’s kind of a big deal. Everyone from the queen to Kate Middleton and Prince William attends the service to commemorate the Commonwealth and in years past, Prince Harry, 35, and Meghan Markle, 38, have also shown face.
But, now that the couple and their son have relocated to Canada in the wake of their exit from the royal family, many have wondered where they’ll stay while visiting England. There’s plenty of room at Buckingham Palace or even their former home at Kensington Palace, but the duke and duchess will actually be returning to their home at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor.
Prince Harry has already made the trek to the U.K. from the couple’s temporary home on Vancouver Island in Canada, and Markle is expected to make the trip shortly with Archie. Even though they are no longer working royals, the family opted to keep the U.K. residence that Queen Elizabeth gifted them in April 2019. However, because the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are striving for financial independence and no longer accepting funds from the Sovereign Grant, they promised to repay the tax payer money that was spent on renovations to the home last year. Moving forward, they will pay for the cost of running the home and will pay taxes on it. For all intents and purposes, it’s simply their family’s international home that just so happens to be on the grounds of Windsor Castle. Casual.