England is considering new travel restrictions that would require visitors to isolate for two weeks.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are currently living in Los Angeles after stepping away from senior royal duties, and it’s been a minute since they’ve spent time with Harry’s family in England. The couple reportedly has plans to spend their summer holidays with the Queen, who invited them (and baby Archie!) to join her on the Balmoral estate in Scotland.
However, health secretary Matt Hancock told This Morning that it is “unlikely” people will be able to fly during the summer—especially as government ministers consider a two-week isolation period for people flying into England. As Yahoo royal correspondent Rebecca Taylor notes, these new rules make it “very unlikely the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be returning to the UK.”
As for the rest of the royal family, any travel plans they’d anticipated outside the United Kingdom also seem unlikely—and there are reports that the Queen will be staying at Windsor Castle for the foreseeable future.
Per royal biographer Andrew Morton, “It’s terribly sad, but I can’t see how the Queen can resume her usual job. The COVID-19 virus isn’t going away soon and will be with us for months, if not years. It would be far too risky for the Queen to start meeting people on a regular basis. She has always loved getting out and meeting people, but she can’t take the risk. How can she carry out investitures, meet ambassadors, do walkabouts, and visit places without meeting people at close range? If she gets the bug, it could be fatal and would put Prince Philip at risk.”
Here’s to hoping life safely gets back to something resembling normal soon.
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