Meghan Markle and Prince Harry reportedly won’t be heading back to the United Kingdom this December to celebrate their holidays with the royal family. According to a tweet from the Sunday Times, the couple, along with their son, Archie, will not travel to England after Markle’s lawsuit against the Mail on Sunday was moved to the fall of 2021 at Markle’s request.
Markle hasn’t revealed why she asked for the trial to be postponed, citing a “confidential” reason.
“It is unlikely the Duke and Duchess will be traveling before the end of the year because the focus had been the trial in January,” an insider told the outlet. “As that is no longer happening, there are no plans to travel at the moment, but any travel plans will be kept under review.”
The former actress is suing Associated Newspapers Limited over a series of articles that they published earlier last year. In one article, they quoted portions of a letter that she wrote to her father, as The Inquisitr previously reported.
She is arguing that they violated her privacy when they published the correspondence.
The judge heard Meghan’s request and granted a new trial date, though Thomas Markle, her father, argued through his legal team that his poor health necessitated having the trial as soon as possible so that he could provide evidence.
Since filing the case, Meghan and Harry stepped down from their royal duties and moved from their royal housing to British Columbia before settling in their Santa Barbara mansion.
Baby Archie, 17 months, hasn’t been back to see his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, and her husband, Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, in about a year. His parents visited the UK in January and March, but they didn’t bring Archie with them during their trip.
The family had been expected to head to England for Princess Beatrice’s wedding and Queen Elizabeth’s birthday parade during the summer, but the travel restrictions put in place during the coronavirus pandemic caused a change in their plans.
“They haven’t finalized any plans for what they are doing over the festive period, but Covid restrictions will need to be taken into account,” the source noted.
This will be the second year in a row that Archie, Meghan, and Harry have skipped Christmas in the UK. Last time, they spent the holiday in Canada as they planned out their decision to step back from royal life.