As the Sussexes are set to commence their final round of royal engagements this month before embarking on their post-royal lives in North America, royal fans were eagerly awaiting the arrival of nine-month-old Archie Harrison who was relocated to Canada at the end of 2019. However, a recent update from The Times has reported that, "Meghan is leaving Archie in Canada for this trip. When the Duchess of Sussex returns to the UK from Canada for a final round of engagements with Prince Harry, who arrived last week, she is expected—again—to leave behind their nine-month-old son."
It is understood that the Queen is “very sad” to have seen so little of her great-grandson since his birth as she has not seen Archie at all in 2020. Although Meghan and Harry have both travelled for short periods this year, they have not taken their son back to the UK at all since before they took their long holiday in Canada during the 2019 holiday period. Royal fans hoping to catch one last glimpse of little Archie before the Duke and Duchess' permanent departure are also certain to be disappointed by the development.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pleased to announce they have named their first born child: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor This afternoon Their Royal Highnesses introduced Her Majesty The Queen to her eighth great-grandchild at Windsor Castle. The Duke of Edinburgh and The Duchess’ mother were also present for this special occasion. Photo credit: Chris Allerton SussexRoyal
Although the couple have not released the reason for leaving Archie behind, it is assumed that the decision has to do with prioritising Archie’s safety and wellbeing. The cost of the security required to protect Archie in the absence of his parents is expected to amount to approximately Dhs235,000 and it is likely that the British government will have to foot the bill following Canada’s withdrawal of security support.