Meghan Markle 'snubs UK' as she's 'done' with country and 'doesn't want drama'

Meghan Markle.
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Meghan Markle has reportedly decided to avoid the UK, with insiders suggesting she is "done" with the country and wishes to steer clear of any "doesn't want the drama" associated with the Royal Family.

Prince Harry, on the other hand, will be travelling solo to the UK to attend a Wednesday afternoon service at St. Paul's Cathedral, commemorating the tenth anniversary of his Invictus Games.

He is also scheduled for a private meeting with Prince Charles afterwards.

The Duchess of Sussex plans to leave LA the day after Harry, joining him in Nigeria for discussions with the West African nation's leaders about potential future Invictus events for injured military personnel.

The couple's representative confirmed that Meghan will not be accompanying Harry to St. Paul's and will entirely skip the London portion of his trip, opting to stay home with their children following a planned fifth birthday party for their son, Archie, on Monday, reports the Express.

No official explanation was provided for Meghan's decision to bypass Britain, a country she has only briefly visited three times since she and Harry relocated to California in June 2020.

However, her decision comes after sources close to the Duchess have previously stated that she is "done" with the UK and does not wish to deal with the "doesn't want the drama" of interacting with the Royal Family.

Buckingham Palace has remained tight-lipped regarding Prince Harry's visit, yet a senior aide remarked: "Her conspicuous absence from all his recent trips has been noted. This time she will be missing a key event in Harry's Invictus diary as well as the opportunity to offer support to her father-in-law."

Meghan, aged 42, is gearing up for the imminent unveiling of her new lifestyle brand American Riviera Orchard, with plans for a media onslaught expected to feature a series of "soft" interviews on daytime TV chat shows.

However, the aide pointed out: "It strikes me as odd that she doesn't have time to come to England where, however she feels about them, she does have family. But she does have time to join Harry in Africa. I think that speaks volumes."

The 39 year old Prince is set to meet with King Charles, aged 75, early Wednesday evening after the St. Paul's service and his father's inaugural Buckingham Palace garden party of the year, marking his return to Royal duties.

Their last encounter was in February, shortly following the King's cancer diagnosis, but it was a brief meeting lasting just half an hour before Charles left with Queen Camilla for treatment and recovery at Sandringham.

Prince Harry has reportedly been "very regularly in touch" with his father since that time, but palace aides consider it "highly unlikely" that he will cross paths with his estranged brother Prince William or sister-in-law Princess Kate this week, who disclosed her own cancer diagnosis in March.

This Thursday sees Prince Harry set to jet off to Nigeria where he will be joined by Meghan for conversations with the West African nation's leaders regarding potentially hosting future cycles of the Invictus Games. Nigeria's defence spokesman, Brig.

Gen. Tukur Gusau elucidates that the couple's visit isn't merely formal and will comprise of "cultural activities," with an added focus on "consolidating Nigeria's stronghold at the games and the possibility of hosting the event in later years."