Though Meghan Markle was all smiles during her 2018 tour to Australia and the South Pacific, it was all an act.
"She apparently hated every second of it. She found the itinerary of engagements 'pointless,' a former palace employee told me," Tina Brown wrote in The Palace Papers.
"She didn't understand why things were set up in that way. Instead of being excited when thousands of people showed up at the [Sydney] Opera House, it was very much like, 'What's the purpose? I don't understand this,'" the ex-staffer said.
Brown added, "The 'this' being the representational role of the British monarchy and its traditional agenda, rather than the focus on causes she wanted to spotlight. Such engagements are old school, yes, but create classic royal ties that bind."
While talking to Oprah Winfrey in 2021, Prince Harry admitted that trip was pivotal.
"My father, my brother, Kate and all the rest of the family, they were really welcoming. But it really changed after the Australia tour, after our South Pacific tour," he noted.
From then on, the two left the U.K. and moved to California.
Though the duo — who share son Archie and daughter Lilibet — are not on the best terms with the royal family, they seemed to make an effort by flying to London before the Netherlands for the Invictus Games, which took place last month.
It's unclear if Meghan, 40, and Harry, 37, will return for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee in June.
“Harry is certainly in favor of going, so naturally plans are being put in place for him to make the trip should he want to confirm," a source said. “There is the issue of security and the ongoing court case which needs to be sorted out. Previously it was a red line for Harry but there might be a resolution in the offering. Everything will hinge on that, but Harry loves seeing his grandmother and wants to spend time with her and his family.”