A source close to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tells ET it’s ‘fully anticipated’ that the couple will be home in California, rather than returning to the U.K. for Christmas. Meanwhile, ET has also learned that Harry’s older brother, Prince William, contracted COVID-19 in April, but kept it private. The source says that the future king had ‘fairly significant symptoms.’
It’s no secret that Megxit has caused more than a bit of upheaval within the British royal family. Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry shocked the royals and the world when they announced they would be resigning from their roles and moving to North America to pursue an independent life outside of the royal family.
This has reportedly caused a great amount of tension between Prince Harry and Prince William, as well as Harry and Prince Philip. However, Queen Elizabeth, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Prince Charles have remained utterly supportive of the Sussexes during this time.
Though the Sussexes’ move to California has been exciting, they’ve been further isolated from the royal family due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As a result, Prince Charles hasn’t seen his youngest grandson, Archie Harrison, in person for over a year.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have finally ended one of their legal battles.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have settled a claim against Splash News and Picture Agency U.K.. The news was announced at a High Court hearing in London on Friday, Dec. 18.
"As explained in today's hearing, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have successfully settled a legal claim brought at the beginning of this year against the paparazzi agency Splash U.K.," a spokesperson on behalf of Schillings, the legal representation for the couple, confirmed in a statement to E! News. "This settlement is a clear signal that unlawful, invasive, and intrusive paparazzi behavior will not be tolerated, and that the couple takes these matters seriously—just as any family would."
According to the BBC, Meghan and Harry brought privacy and data protection claims against the agency in March after photos of the duchess and her 19-month-old son Archie Harrison were taken at a Canadian park in January. The news organization reported that Meghan's solicitor, Jenny Afia, told the court the pictures were taken while Meghan and Archie were "on a private family outing in a remote rural setting and there was no public interest in the photographs." Per the BBC, Afia also said a Splash photographer had undertaken "a full reconnaissance inspection" of Harry and Meghan's private home the day before the park pictures were snapped, "walking around it looking to identify entry and exit points and putting his camera over the fence to take photographs."
In addition, The Guardian reported that, at a September hearing, Meghan's barrister, Jonathan Barnes, said the agency had sold the photos. In January, Buckingham Palace confirmed to USA Today that Harry and Meghan's legal team had "issued a legal notice to UK press, TV and photo agencies, concerning the use of paparazzi agency photos."
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have released a family holiday card ahead of their first American Christmas in Montecito, California.
The card, which is an illustration of a photo taken by Meghan's mom, Doria Ragland, was released through Mayhew, Meghan's animal welfare organization patronage in the U.K.
Starring front and center is the couple's 19-month-old son Archie (who has clearly inherited dad Harry's red hair!) and their two adorable dogs, Pula and Guy.
"Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year," the card states.
“The original photo of the family was taken at their home earlier this month by The Duchess’s mother," a spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said. "The small Christmas tree, including the homemade ornaments and other decorations, were selected by Archie, and the tree will be replanted after the holidays.”
The card offers a glimpse of Meghan and Harry's backyard — and Archie's special playhouse!
"Archie is really happy, and he has space to run free," a source previously told PEOPLE. "The house came with a play structure that he’ll be climbing in no time."
Baby Archie may only be 17 months old, but that's not stopping him from wishing everyone a Happy New Year ... and naturally, it's to the delight of Mom and Dad.
Archie made a surprise appearance on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's first episode of their "Archewell Audio" podcast Tuesday. Meghan first asks Archie if he's having fun, to which Archie replies, "Fun." Then, Dad coaxes him into wishing listeners a "Happy New Year."
It's clear to tell from the audio that both Harry and Meghan are more than excited to hear little Archie speak on the podcast ... Harry can barely contain his own laughter.
The rest of the episode featured some massive stars including Elton John and Tyler Perry ... Stacey Abrams also joined. But, c'mon, Archie upstaged 'em all.
HARRY and Meghan secretly erased her first names from son Archie’s birth papers.
“Rachel Meghan” was taken out to leave just “Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex”.
The unprecedented move could be seen as a snub to the Cambridges who have included Kate’s names on her children’s certificates.
It may also be viewed as Harry aligning his wife with mum Di, who always used “Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales”.
Meghan and Harry did not not respond when The Sun on Sunday asked for comment but royal reporter Omid Scobie - author of biography Finding Freedom - tweeted a statement from a spokesperson for the couple on Sunday night.
The statement insisted the decision to change the birth certificate was, ‘dictated by The Palace’ and not requested by, ‘ Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex nor by The Duke of Sussex’