It looks like Prince Harry will be flying solo when he returns to the U.K. this summer. Though the father-of-one is expected to go back home to attend several important events — including Prince Philip's 100th birthday — royal expert Omid Scobie predicted that wife Meghan Markle will be staying put in California.
"Neither Meghan or Harry have been vaccinated and travel plans are still very much up in the air," Scobie noted. "Meghan wouldn't want to be away from Archie and it would be very tricky to factor a small child into their travels with all the restrictions that could potentially be in place."
Aside from the family birthday celebration, Harry plans to be present at the annual Trooping of the Colour parade, which acts as a celebration for Queen Elizabeth II's 95th birthday, and the July 1 unveiling of the Princess Diana statue at Kensington Palace. The latter occurs on what would have been Diana's 60th birthday.
"It seems easier at this moment for Harry to do the trip solo," explained Scobie. "But it is not Meghan's intention to snub the family. If COVID wasn't a factor, she would be there."
In fact, the royal expert claimed that despite some tension between the family of three and the Queen, the latter would have loved to see 21-month-old great-grandson Archie.
"No matter what has happened, the Queen will always remain close to Harry and Meghan," Scobie insisted. "She has a very special relationship with Archie and due to them all living in Windsor, was one of the royals to spend the most time with him as a baby."
"Archie loves being on Zoom calls with the family and the Queen has been enjoying those throughout lockdown," he continued. "I’m sure Meghan will send the Queen some gorgeous flowers for her birthday and also get Archie to help her with the card. Meghan and Harry feel very sad about the time that the Queen, Philip and Prince Charles have spent without seeing Archie due to the pandemic."
Scobie first talked to OK! about Harry's travel plans.