Meghan Markle's blunt reason for not joining Prince Harry in UK

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Meghan has only visited the UK three times since stepping back from the monarchy in 2020 -Credit:Getty Images

Prince Harry has returned to the UK alone once again, leaving his wife Meghan Markle behind. The Duke of Sussex flew into London on Tuesday to attend a celebration for the Invictus Games.

Despite being 'listed as a guest' for the service, according to insiders who spoke to the Express earlier this month, there was uncertainty over whether the Duchess would be making an appearance.

However, it was soon confirmed by a spokesperson for the couple that Meghan would be staying put in California, a decision that didn't surprise many Royal observers.

Since stepping back from Royal duties in 2020, Meghan has only visited the UK three times. One of these visits was for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee in June 2022, where she and Harry received a less than warm welcome.

The Sussexes made their first joint public appearance with the Royal Family in two years at a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral as part of the Jubilee celebrations. However, footage of the couple departing the service showed them being booed by the crowd, reports the Mirror.

Meghan also chose not to accompany her husband when he returned to the UK for King Charles' coronation in May 2023.

According to recent reports, Prince William and Princess Kate attempted a reconciliation effort with Meghan and Harry, by inviting them to bring their kids, Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet, to the UK for a visit. However, Meghan is believed to have declined the request firmly.

Tom Quinn, a Royal insider, revealed to Mirror that "There is no way Meghan would bring the children to the UK. William and Kate have suggested that Meghan and Harry bring the children and that the two couples and their families try to makeup, but the suggestion is not leading anywhere so far."

Quinn's viewpoint agrees with what has been presented in Omid Scobie's sensational new book, Endgame. According to Scobie, Meghan "never felt at home" in the UK and frankly stated she "never wants to set foot again in England".

The authur also claimed that Meghan decided to give the King's Coronation last May a miss because of her unwillingness to "dive back into the soap opera of the court".

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Her choice not to accompany Harry on his recent trip to the UK followed shortly after the Duke of Sussex shared his intention to make more frequent visits to see his family.

In a conversation with Good Morning America earlier this year in February, Harry stated: "So my family and my life in California is as it is. I have got other trips planned. That would take me through the UK or back to the UK, so you know, I'll stop in and see my family as much as I can."

Meghan Markle is reportedly anxious about her standing with the British public and the ongoing Royal rift, but her concerns extend to security matters as well.

The Telegraph has reported that Prince Harry and Meghan feel they cannot return to the UK with their children, Archie and Lilibet, unless Harry can successfully appeal against a Home Office decision denying him automatic right to police protection while in Britain.

In a statement submitted to an earlier hearing, Prince Harry expressed his sorrow: "It was with great sadness for both of us that my wife and I felt forced to step back from this role and leave the country in 2020. The UK is my home."

He further stated: "The UK is central to the heritage of my children and a place I want them to feel at home, as much as where they live at the moment in the United States. That cannot happen if it's not possible to keep them safe when they are on UK soil. I cannot put my wife in danger like that and, given my experiences in life, I am reluctant to unnecessarily put myself in harm's way too."

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