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Almost one year has passed since Prince Charles himself saw his grandson Archie. This comes as reports emerged of Prince Charles urging Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to come back to Britain before Christmas. But a global pandemic means this is largely off the cards now. According to Ingrid Seward, editor of Majesty magazine, 71-year-old Prince Charles asked Harry, Meghan and Archie to visit him at his Birkhall estate in Scotland.
But sadly for the Prince of Wales, the visit seems unlikely to take place at this point.
Royal expert Phil Dampier told New Idea: “Like the Queen, Charles is very sad not to see Archie, who is growing up so fast.
“Charles has been able to see Archie online, of course, but it’s not the same as hugging your grandson.”
Mr Dampier said Prince Charles is especially concerned about his own parents being able to see their great-grandson, especially since both the Queen and Prince Philip are in their 90s.
He continued: “I know Charles is concerned that the Queen and Prince Philip may never see Archie again, and that would be devastating for them.”
Prince Harry is expected to come back to the UK next year for the unveiling of a Princess Diana tribute statue at Kensington Palace.
Mr Dampier added: “The big question really is whether Meghan will come – and bring Archie.”
The lockdown in England means Harry and Meghan are unlikely to come back before December 2, and the new tier system in place means even if they did come back after the end date, they wouldn’t be allowed in a group of more than six at any one time.
This could prove problematic given how many family members Prince Harry has in the Royal Family.
A source previously told New Idea: “Harry is toying with the idea of going to see him [Prince Charles].
“Enough water has passed under the bridge now, and he misses his dad.
“But Meghan has made it fairly clear she has no interest in going along for the trip, which means Archie stays too.”
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The source added: “For her, there has been too much damage done and she feels like if she goes back she will be made to feel like more of an outsider than ever.
“Which may be true, but I feel for Charles not seeing his grandson.”
Meanwhile, Prince Harry could have problems living in the UK due to visa restrictions associated with being a British national living in the US.
Royal commentator Angela Levin previously told talkRadio: “Harry will need to [come back to the UK] because of his visa, he cannot stay there indefinitely.”
Ms Levin also said Prince Harry’s lack of citizenship means he is subject to a number of tax implications.
One tax expert said: “Harry’s bill could be monumental and could open up a can of worms for the Royal Family because the IRS will want to know all his sources of income.
“That’s not just his Netflix deal, but any monies he might have received in gifts from Prince Charles and any trust funds, savings accounts or other assets he has in the UK.
“That means the Royal book will be open to scrutiny. The US taxman is far more zealous than his UK counterpart.”
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