Kate Middleton and Prince William did not publicly interact with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry during their visit to the UK for Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee—and it appears not much will change when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex return this week.
During a tour of “several charities close to their hearts,” Meghan and Harry will travel to Manchester to attend the One Young World Summit on September 5 as well as the WellChild Awards in London on September 8, with a pit stop in Germany for the Invictus Games Düsseldorf in between the British events.
While the queen is scheduled to be in Scotland during the couple's trip, royal biographer Christopher Anderson says there is an opportunity for the Sussexes and Cambridges to cross paths. But will they? “It’s going to be interesting in the next few days when Harry and Megan go to Europe, and they’re gonna be playing royal hide and seek,” Andersen told Us Weekly. “Right now the Cambridges have gone to [Balmoral Castle]…and Charles and Camilla are there."
While most of the royal family is on holiday in Scotland, Anderson suggests that Will and Kate will likely return home by Meghan and Harry's second British event on September 8. “They’re going to be, literally, a brief stroll [from] each other on the grounds of Windsor because the Cambridges have to [return in time to get their] kids in school,” Anderson said.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge recently announced that Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis will be attending school closer to their new home in Windsor in September, so Will and Kate will likely be in town before Meghan and Harry depart.
“It’s gonna have all the markings of an old-fashioned farce with these people trying to avoid each other,” the royal expert said. “They don’t wanna see each other because everybody’s worried about the [Duke of Sussex’s upcoming memoir]. Harry’s book is gonna be loaded with, obviously, bombshells.”
Aside from Prince Harry's memoir, Meghan Markle's new Spotify podcast, Archetypes, has reportedly become a cause for concern among palace aides. “I’m told Buckingham Palace aides were most definitely not keeping calm, nor carrying on after the show’s premiere on Tuesday, worried about what else might be shared over the next 12 weeks,” Yahoo! royals executive editor Omid Scobie wrote on August 24. In the first episode, the Duchess of Sussex spoke about a particularly frightening experience with her son, Archie, involving a nursery fire in 2019.
“Two aides have already pushed back on Meghan’s ‘precise recollection’ of events in South Africa,” Scobie wrote. “One told a tabloid that it was a smoking heater, not a fire (does it matter?) and another claimed it is ‘unfair’ to share such stories when the royal household cannot comment.”
Despite their feelings on the subject, the royal family should expect Meghan to get even more candid as new episodes drop weekly. “People should expect the real me in this, and probably the me that they’ve never gotten to know,” Markle said in one promotional video. “Certainly not in the past few years, where everything is through the lens of the media, as opposed to, ‘Hey, it's me.’ I’m just excited to be myself and talk and be unfiltered and, yeah, it’s fun.”
Originally Appeared on Glamour