Meghan Markle, 38, and Prince Harry, 35, have relocated to North America for the foreseeable future. While the couple are expected to return to Britain for the odd royal engagement and family occasions, like Trooping the Colour, they will spend most of their time in Canada from now on. This means their eight-month-old son baby Archie will grow up miles away from his paternal family and will rarely get to see his grandfather Prince Charles.
Meghan’s relationship with her father Thomas Markle, 75, is fraught and he has never met his grandson Archie Harrison.
Mr Markle missed Meghan and Harry’s wedding in May 2018 following a heart attack and claims he and his daughter have not spoken since.
In Channel 5 documentary Thomas Markle: My Story, Mr Markle admitted to lying to Prince Harry about staging paparazzi photographs of himself in the days prior to the royal wedding.
He also said the last time he spoke to Meghan was over the phone shortly after he had suffered a heart attack.
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In the documentary Mr Markle also criticises Meghan and Harry’s decision to step down, branding it “embarrassing.”
Channel 5 states the Sussexes did not respond when approached for comment on Mr Markle’s claims.
However, given the inflammatory nature of Mr Markle’s comments about his daughter, it seems unlikely they will rekindle their relationship anytime soon.
This means Archie may grow-up without regular contact with a grandfather figure, as Prince Charles will be based miles away in Britain.
Prince Charles and Meghan have always seemed to get on well and the Prince of Wales was said to have been delighted to walk Meghan down the aisle when her father couldn’t make the royal wedding.
Charles is even understood to have given Meghan the nickname “Tungsten” for her hardy approach to royal life at the start.
They were snapped looking at ease in each other’s company at several family engagements since the wedding and Charles will likely be sad to see Meghan and Harry leave Britain.
Prince Charles is clearly an adoring grandfather as the photos of him with Prince George released at Christmas clearly showed.
While Charles will be able to have regular contact with his eldest son Prince William’s brood, the same cannot be said for baby Archie.
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Prince Charles is expected to continue funding Meghan and Harry following their withdrawal as senior royals.
The couple will cease to receive public funding from Spring 2020 but this accounted for only five percent of their income, while the rest was provided by Charles.
Meghan and Harry will have a year to find their feet and achieve financial independence before their situation is reviewed.
One royal commentator has suggested Charles may be able to influence the couple as long as he remains their main benefactor.
Richard Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk: “It remains a matter of speculation as to if and for how long Charles is prepared to fund Harry and Meghan, and also, in so doing, if he has any influence on what they do and anything they endorse.
“The element of taxpayer funding they are giving up is five percent, Charles currently provides the rest.
“Relations between them are unlikely to have been improved by how Prince Harry and Meghan have behaved over this.”
Meghan and Harry have been keeping a low-profile since they were reunited in Canada on Tuesday.
While much about Archie’s future remains to be confirmed it seems likely he will be raised and schooled away from Britain.
Meghan Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland is based in LA and joined them for Christmas in Canada.
While Archie is likely to see less of his British family in the future, his grandmother Doria could take on a bigger role.
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