Meghan Markle, 38, and Prince Harry, 35, have settled in Los Angeles with their 11-month-old son Archie Harrison and are expected to be based there in the future. While their decision to relinquish their royal roles may have upset some traditionalists, one hardworking member of the Firm has hinted she supports them.
Queen Elizabeth II, 93, and Prince Philip’s only daughter Princess Anne, 69, takes royal duty extremely seriously.
While she keeps a lower-profile than other family members she is often the royal who carries out the highest number of engagements every year.
Last year she was pipped to the post by her brother Prince Charles, 71, but still carried out an impressive 506 royal engagements in 2019 alone.
The Princess Royal is known for her no-nonsense approach and shares her father Prince Philip’s dry wit.
Speaking on ABC’s royal podcast The HeirPod host and editor Omid Scobie said: “From what I hear from sources we’re not going to hear from them until July so that is sometime to go without the Sussexes and I think it will be interesting for the Royal Family who haven’t really seen a day go by where Harry and Meghan’s names aren’t sort of tied to the monarchy in some way or another in the past three years.”
Responding to guest Laney Lui’s suggestion Archie’s birthday could “pass quietly” in the wake of the couple’s royal step down, Omid said: “Hearing you say ‘Archie’s birthday going by quietly’ I think is exactly what the couple have craved for some time and something tells me that that’s exactly what will happen.”
Meghan and Harry bid farewell to fans on their Sussex Royal Instagram account on March 31.
Their heartfelt message seemed to hint they would keep a low profile in the coming months as they worked out their next steps amid the coronavirus crisis.
They told their followers: “What’s most important right now is the health and wellbeing of everyone across the globe and finding solutions for the many issues that have presented themselves as a result of this pandemic.
“As we all find the part we are to play in this global shift and changing of habits, we are focusing this new chapter to understand how we can best contribute.
“While you may not see us here, the work continues.”