The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are back in the UK this week for the first time since returning for the Queen’s platinum anniversary.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will appear at events in London and Manchester, and will also fly to Germany to celebrate the year’s countdown to the Invictus Games.
It is unknown if the couple will visit the Queen in Balmoral, but it is thought unlikely that they will take their children Archie and Lili with them on the work trip.
They head to Manchester on Monday for the One Young World Summit, an event that brings together young leaders from more than 190 countries.
Meghan, advisor to the organization, will deliver the keynote speech during the opening ceremony.
They will also meet with a group of top delegates who are doing “excellent work on gender equality,” One Young World said.
The pair then head to Germany for the Invictus Games Dusseldorf 2023 One Year to Go event, which takes place on Tuesday, before returning to the UK for the WellChild Awards in London, where Harry will deliver a speech on Thursday.
Their visit to the UK will be the first time they’ve been back in the country since the anniversary celebrations in early June, when they attended the thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral.
It comes just days after Meghan’s extended interview with the cut in which she said it takes “a lot of effort” to forgive and hinted that she could “say anything”.
In the interview, which ran to more than 6,000 words, Meghan said she and Harry “just by existing” “disrupted the dynamics of the hierarchy” before stepping down as senior working royals.
Harry and Meghan’s trip falls on the same week that the new Prime Minister is announced and asked by the Queen to form a government.
The queen will appoint a new prime minister in Balmoral for the first time in her reign.
The 96-year-old, who constantly struggles with mobility issues, traditionally holds audiences with outbound and inbound premieres at Buckingham Palace.
But Boris Johnson, who will tender his resignation, and the new Conservative Party leader who will be asked to form a government – Liz Truss or Rishi Sunak – will travel to Balmoral Castle on Tuesday for the main audience.
Safety will be at the forefront of Harry’s mind as he travels from his California home for the high-profile performances.
The Duke, who retired as a senior working royal in 2020, is pursuing legal action against a decision not to allow him to pay for police protection for himself and his family when in the UK.
This summer, he won a bid to file a Supreme Court claim against the Department of the Interior.
His challenge concerns the February 2020 decision of the Executive Committee for the Protection of Royalties and Public Figures (Ravec) over his security, after being told he would no longer receive the same level of personal protection when visiting.
The royal family is bracing for Harry’s upcoming all-encompassing book, which he has sworn will be an “accurate and completely truthful” account of his life.
The memoir is expected to be published by Penguin Random House in late 2022, but a release date has not yet been confirmed.
There will be concerns in royal chambers that the Duke will delve into his rift with his brother, the Duke of Cambridge, his troubled relationship with his father, the Prince of Wales, his view of stepmother the Duchess of Cornwall and the turbulent consequences of Megxit .
Harry and Meghan accused the royal family of racism in their controversial Oprah Winfrey interview last year, saying that an unnamed royal made a racist comment about their son Archie before he was born, and that the institution failed to provide a suicidal Meghan.
While not confirmed, it is thought unlikely that the couple will take Archie and Lili on the work trip.
The youngsters traveled to the UK with their parents for the platinum anniversary and Lili celebrated her first birthday at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, but Archie and his younger sister did not attend any public events.
Harry and Meghan stayed out of the spotlight for most of the weekend, with the Queen deciding that only working royals should be allowed to grace Buckingham Palace’s balcony during the historic festivities.
The Sussexes extended their lease with Frogmore Cottage earlier this year.
If Harry and Meghan remain at their UK base, they will be just minutes away from the Cambridges, who will be moving into their new home, Adelaide Cottage on the Windsor Estate.
The location of the Cambridges’ new home increases the chances of a private meeting between Harry, Meghan, William and Kate, despite their checkered histories.