Meghan Markle and Prince Harry return to U.K. to visit Queen Elizabeth for first time since departure 

The couple quietly arrived in England this week and stopped by Windsor Castle to spend time with the 95-year-old queen.

The duke and duchess of Sussex quietly returned to the United Kingdom to visit Queen Elizabeth II for the first time since leaving and stepping down from their royal duties. 

According to Us Weekly, a spokesperson confirmed that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrived in England this week and stopped by Windsor Castle to spend time with the 95-year-old monarch, his grandmother. 

Prince Harry, duke of Sussex, and Meghan, duchess of Sussex, attend the 2021 Salute To Freedom Gala at Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum last November in New York City. (Photo: Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

The couple is slated to appear at the Invictus Games in the Netherlands. Founded by Prince Harry in 2014, the games are a competition for wounded, injured and ill servicemen and women. 

Last year, Prince Harry returned twice to the U.K. from the home he shares with his wife in Montecito, California — once in April for the funeral services of his grandfather, Prince Philip, and again in July to unveil a statue of his mother, the late Princess Diana, which stands on the grounds of Kensington Palace. 

Most recently, Markle debuted her original podcast, Archetypes, which will bring more attention to the roles that women are often relegated to in society, according to previous reporting from theGrio

The series is produced by Archewell Audio. 

The famous pair also manage the Archewell Foundation, “an impact-driven global nonprofit that puts compassion into action; uplifting and uniting communities locally and globally,” according to its website

Queen Elizabeth II moved from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle after a COVID-19 diagnosis in February. A report from Reuters said that she spoke to health care workers in England earlier this month where she said, “It does leave one very tired and exhausted doesn’t it, this horrible pandemic?” 

She maintained that her own battle with the virus was “obviously a very frightening experience.” 

The duke and duchess of Sussex stepped back from duties as senior members of the royal family in March 2020. As of then, they no longer take public funds or protection for their lives and no longer use the HRH titles. However, Prince Harry remains the sixth in line for the throne. 

They did a sensational interview with Oprah Winfrey since recarving their roles, revealing that some of the personal attacks on Markle were race-based. 

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