The Sussexes might bring Archie to Balmoral this summer for a visit with the Queen

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The headlines for this story in the British press are along the lines of “Archie to summer with the Queen in Balmoral” and “The Queen will finally see baby Archie this summer.” Like baby Archie Mountbatten-Windsor is going to dash off to the airport by himself and catch a plane so he can spend time with his great-grandmother, the same woman who gleefully punished his parents for daring to walk away when they were smeared and abused. That about sums it up, right? Right. The story originated in the Sunday Times: the Queen apparently extended an invitation to the Sussex family to come to Balmoral this summer. And maybe the Sussexes will go to Scotland, who knows.

His absence from the country of his birth and his wider family is understood to have left the Queen feeling “very sad”. But Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, who turns one in May, will finally return to these shores this summer. It could be his first trip this year, although he may accompany his parents to Britain in June when they attend trooping the colour.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are believed to have accepted the Queen’s invitation to visit her this summer at Balmoral, her Scottish retreat, and are planning to take their son with them. They are also expected to spend time with the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at Birkhall, Charles’s retreat on the Balmoral estate.

It is unclear in what month the Sussexes will visit Balmoral. Archie could join his parents at the trooping of the colour in June as well, the Times reports.

[From The Sun and The Sunday Times]

I don’t doubt that the Queen loosely invited the Sussexes to spend some time at Balmoral this summer. She invites nearly all of her relatives to come to Balmoral – she’s there for two months, sometimes three months, and it’s a “thing” for royal family peeps to schedule a three-to-eight-day window to spend time with Liz. But the Sussexes chose not to go last year, for good reason. Because they saw the lack of support from the Firm and they chose not to play that game, especially given William and Kate’s budget flight stunt AND Andrew’s presence all over Balmoral. What makes us think that this year will be any different? If anything, it would probably be ten times worse this year, post-Sussexit.

I mostly think this story is part of the dawning realization for the British press that they chased out the most interesting royal figures, and so they’re left to dream-theorize about when the Sussexes will come back. Plus, they wanted to continue to bash Meghan and Harry for not bringing their baby back the UK during a huge public health crisis.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (C), followed by Britain's Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex (L), Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (2L), Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (centre R), Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (2R) and Meghan, Duch

Baby Archie meets Archbishop Desmond Tutu during a visit to Africa

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  1. Rapunzel says:

    Yeah, I’m not entirely convinced things will be stable enough re: the pandemic for Trooping to even take place. June isn’t that far away.

    • theothercleo says:

      Yeah, I mean I’m french so I’m obviously not in a very light and positive mood but I doubt things will be fine in the UK in June. Especially given the “strategy” Johnson chose to handle the pandemic. I also very much doubt that Beatrice’s wedding will take place.

      • Who ARE These People? says:

        Feeling for all the celebrants and all the mourners for whom essential public rituals must be canceled

  2. Joanna says:

    I just love that picture of Harry with Archie! 🤗

    • Snazzy says:

      Me too. It’s adorable.

    • damejudi says:

      I was just thinking how utterly in love with his son Harry looks. And Archie is so darling in that photo!

      • paddingtonjr says:

        Harry really does look happy and totally in love with Archie in that picture. It was great seeing pictures of he and Meghan with Archie in South Africa; just two parents head-over-heels in love with each other and their kid.

    • The Recluse says:

      That picture makes me smile every time.

    • Virginia says:

      Archie is like his mom, always smiling and beautiful…..l love the three of them!

  3. Laalaa says:

    Very nice of her to invite them when it’s clear the health crisis will continue for several months.

  4. aria says:

    I can’t believe some of the hate babies Archie gets from the Cambridge fans. Keen kate fans are crazy and some say that he has down syndrome and what is shocking is that when you google search Archie, the suggestion tabs show baby Archie down syndrome. Those ppl doesn’t know when you wish bad luck on the people it comes back to you.

    • Erin says:

      You are the same poster who said Louis looked “off.” And posters on other sites have said they think Louis has Downs Syndrome, so it isn’t one set of fans doing it.

      • margedebarge says:

        Obviously neither of those boys have Downs, and I have to say I’m not impressed with people throwing it around as some kind of smear or insult. My younger sister has downs and through her, I’ve volunteered with lots of children and adults with it. I won’t say they’re all perfect happy angels the way some do, because that erases the fact that they’re real people with joys and heartbreaks and good days and bad days like all the rest of us. I will say however that they are truly special individuals with very unique ways of looking at the world. They bring light to the lives of those around them and frankly I’m unsure if anyone in the royal family deserves such light.

      • aria says:

        erin – I said in the sense I cannot figure whether he will be Edward or Andrew because george is like Charles shy and char is like Anne. The history is repeating itself in Windsor that being said being off is different than claiming the kid as mentally ill.

      • aria says:

        margedebarage – I never saw Sussex fans saying that Louis is ill. But they are saying this to Archie is to discredit him from the line of succession. They did this with Diana being crazy and ill and they did the same with Harry that he is mentally ill from post-army life and how Meghan is manipulating him for her good. They mostly do this non heir person. How Andrew was stupid to marry Fergie and how york girls are dumb but no one talks about charlie talking to plants as crazy.

      • Tessa says:

        I pray George takes after Michael and not Prince Charles. Charles did not grow up to be “sensitive.” to put it mildly.

    • Tessa says:

      The Cambridge fans are “fanatics.” They really slam anybody who says Kate is not perfect and she and William are so loving and the children are perfect and they all look like the Queen. So silly.

      • aria says:

        Tessa George takes after Charles from William’s own words like George like theatre and ballet but I tell him the football. The same way Philip bully Charles and the queen does nothing. same way kate shows she is incapable of controlling him or make him see things. if she does that Sussex mess won’t happen instead she sit back and watch the whole mess. kate takes after the queen in all most sense that’s why it will be interesting to see how the Cambridge kids turns out.

      • Tessa says:

        I pray still George is not like Charles. I pity his future wife if he turns out that way. That said. I agree with otherwise. William has made complaining remarks about George from the get go complaining about Will’s sleepless nights (as if) when George came home. Kate will probably coddle Louis more. Charlotte will have the unfortunate role as “spare” and I hope George does not imitate his father in this regard, and treat Charlotte badly. So much dysfunction.

    • Carmen says:

      I remember a few years ago when those people posting on Female First said Angelina Jolie’s children have Down syndrome. It’s like if you want to be as nasty as possible to someone, you bash their children.

      • Aria says:

        I made off comment on Louis beacuse one hand he looks like mini prince edward with dirty blond hair but the circumstances of Louis birth is very similar to prince andrew. Like william , philip doesnt want any more kids but queen insisted but he left for Australia and Pacific where his exploration got caught and queen mother ordered him to return and many rumors of affair pop in press so Philip gave in order to save his face and so prince andrew practically saved her marraige to andrew . That’s why she loves andrew more . These things happen after 6 decades prince louis born under the circumstances of his father caught cheating with model in lad skiing trip and finally Kate got what she wants another baby and saved her marraige to William. Kate will be devoted to Louis more beacuse obviously will said no more and coddling Louis is the choice Kate has.

    • Waitwhat? says:

      @Aria – Down’s isn’t a mental health issue, it’s a genetic condition.

  5. aria says:

    keen kate runs to her friendly rr to write articles on how the Cambridge kids will be missing Archie and how keen auntie kate will miss Archie. But no one buys that stuff that kate is wishing to see Archie.

  6. BUBS says:

    I wouldn’t take Archie anywhere near the UK if I were his parents! But, alas, they’re probably better people than me!
    But, then again, maybe they have no plans for a summer with the queen? Maybe the press is trying to set them up for another round of unfair bashing: Haughty Harry and Meghan disrespect QE again, turn down another invitation to Balmoral…heartbroken queen fears her great grandson may never know his true roots!
    Ha!

  7. Royalwatcher says:

    The RRs are just setting up their summer stories. By making up this bullcrap now, they can spend the entire summer and fall smearing the Sussexes for not going to balmoral, disrespecting the queen, talking about how old she is and how ungrateful the Sussexes are, etc etc. Wash, rinse, repeat.

    I highly doubt they will come visit this summer. And I hope they skip the Trooping as well. Screw the BRF. I hope the Sussexes just swoop in and out of the UK without fanfare or notice to visit their charities and then post about it once they’ve left the country. And Archie can stay home with grandma Doria.

    • truthSF says:

      @Royalwatcher, that’s exactly what they’re planning. But as you can see with the COVID-19 pandemic, that plan is going to blow up in the royal reporter’s faces. The queen and the Cornwells are being told to self isolate for what could be as long as 4 months or longer because all three (and Philip) are high risk!

      It’s already March, 4 months from now it will be July! Most likely the wedding, the balmoral visit, and the troopings will all be cancelled this year! So the RR plans to attack H&M will blow up in their faces, lol!!

    • Olenna says:

      Agree, rinse and repeat. Even that snake, R. Eden, pretty much called BS on it in Nikkhah’s tweet.

    • Totally agree with both you and Kaiser, Royalwatcher. When or if the Sussexes reveal what they are doing I’ll believe it but until then I don’t think the RR knows anything about their day-today lives or their schedules. The RR are just chumming the waters and stirring the pot. Anything to generate clicks off the Sussexes. After the public blanking they received from members of Harry’s family in a house of worship at a national event, the last thing on the Sussexes minds must be counting the days until they can get together again.

  8. Lucy2 says:

    Given the current situation, I doubt they’re making any travel plans.

  9. booboocita says:

    I adore the pic of Archie eying the pastries! You know he’s thinking something along the lines of, “Yeah, meeting this kind old man (Archbishop Tutu) is fine, but when do we eat?”

    And Kate doesn’t really give a damn for kids that aren’t hers, so I doubt she’s missing Archie except as a photo op or a chance to embiggen her kids by comparison.

    I’m so glad that Archie is in Canada. I can’t imagine that his cousins wiould treat him well. He’d be the only child of color in their circle. How would that go over?

  10. Becks1 says:

    I’m sure she invited them, I don’t think that’s newsworthy, lol. And I could see them going for an extended trip – spend some time at Frogmore and then go up to Scotland for a week or two, heck even just a few days at Balmoral before they go and do their own thing somewhere else.

    I think though, if they do that, they’ll prob skip Trooping. My feeling was they would come to the UK and Europe for the Invictus games, stay for Beatrice’s wedding and then stay for the Trooping a few weeks later – but I think if they are going to Scotland in August they prob wont stay for the trooping. Who knows.

    At this point its just so obvious the royal press has nothing to write about if they aren’t writing about the Sussexes.

  11. GuestOne says:

    The reporter behind this piece also reported that Archie would be coming for Commonwealth day service only to report family’s ‘heartbreak’ when he didn’t come.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if palace staff leaked the invite to make up for that cold display to the Sussexes at the Commonwealth Day service& articles like those from Omid making clear the family hasn’t supported the Sussexes, to make it seem like the Queen is being inclusive. However also likely Times just setting up narrative that if they don’t come for the summer (given the UK’s crappy strategy for tackling coronavirus who knows when it will be safe to travel to) then they are selfish, have snubbed the Queen etc

    • Agree, GuestOne. Same story, different year re Balmoral. I also think BP and CH communication teams have been given their marching orders to get stories out to RR showing how loved and included the Sussexes are by the family to try and do damage control to Cambridge’s behavior at church. KP obviously know that no one is going to believe that spin from them given their public rudeness is spinning in a different direction: Kate has been let down but she is just so much better than Meghan in every possible way; William is a true blue loyal grandson and future king just trying to get on with his job but has had to take so much time away from that to deal with Harry’s immaturity and selfish choices. Spin, spin, spin. They are all trying to wash their dirty laundry clean in public. 😂 It’s amazing the number of articles out spinning all these narratives since the Cambridge’s very unroyal, very public rude behavior at the church. They want us to forget what we all saw on camera with our own eyes and buy their BS once again.

  12. Sofia says:

    Didn’t they run this story last year? And the Sussexes didn’t go so I don’t know why they’re repeating this story again

  13. Harla says:

    I truly hope that the Sussex’s don’t participate in Trooping the Color, they don’t deserve to be treated like the prize winning steer at the state fair, trotted out to make the royal family look good,while they treat them poorly.

    • As non working members of the royal family, I don’t believe the Sussexes will attend the Trooping ceremony. Harry would have to attend in a dress suit as the Queen stripped him of his military honors and he can no longer appear in uniform. I imagine all Harry would feel standing on that balcony is hurt and humiliated. I can’t see him being that mentally unhealthy. And wouldn’t the RR have a field day of nasty stories about Harry no longer in uniform; Harry attending would be like feeding sharks.

      • Sofia says:

        @JA: non working royals such as the Peter and Autumn do attend and they do stand on the balcony.

        As for the honours, he still has them until Spring 2021 where the whole thing will be evaluated so he’ll probably still be allowed to wear uniform.

      • booboocita says:

        There’s something I don’t understand about the whole “stripped of his military honors” thing. Harry is a captain in the British armed forces, right? An actual rank, and one he earned, not an honorary rank bestowed upon him by TQ. As a veteran of two tours of Afghanistan, doesn’t he have the right to wear a uniform? Maybe not the Irish Guards or some other colorful mufti, but the uniform of a British army captain. My brother-in-law is a retired Marine, and he and a couple of his family members (retired Navy) wore their dress uniforms to my niece’s wedding a few years ago. Couldn’t Harry show up in his regular Army uniform?

        PS I’d love to see Harry on the balcony wearing camouflage. It’d be a smack in the face for all the honorary uniform wearers: “Yeah, boys and girls, this is what a SOLDIER looks like.”

      • Courtney B says:

        He wasn’t stripped of his earned military rank, decorations, honors or anything. Those are his. Period. He was from his honorary ones but even those are only suspended for the year with no one taking them over until then.

  14. Lisa says:

    Doubtful but we shall see.

  15. S808 says:

    If I were Meghan or Harry it’d be a very long time before Archie is in the UK again.

  16. Cosmo says:

    One day this little boy is going to be old enough to read the stories bashing his mother that are encouraged by his fathers family. So sad for him.

  17. Lyn says:

    Nobody sane is making travel plans for the summer right now, and probably not a couple with a baby.
    I made plans for December and I’m hoping its not in jeopardy.

  18. Valiantly Varnished says:

    Lol. Nope. I HIGHLY doubt that will be happening. I dont think H&M will be setting foot in the UK again for a long while and I don’t blame them.

  19. Marie says:

    Balmoral is an open invitation for anyone in the family. The narrative that the Queen is so so amazing for inviting them is ridiculous.

    I have heard that Harry hasn’t been to Balmoral in years.

    Last year the RR’s swore up and down that Meghan and Harry were going to spend her birthday there and the Queen was going to give her a talking on how bad Meghan’s PR is. So, I don’t believe a word of this story.

  20. aquarius64 says:

    I noticed the story said KP could not be reached for comment. Why not BP or the Sussexes directly? I think the Cambridges know they got dragged for Commonwealth Day Snub-gate and the story is damage control for them.

  21. Awkward symphony says:

    This is a clear attempt to try and “shame” them into going! I doubt they’d make effort to travel to a den of wolves!! I just pray that Meghan and harry isolated themselves before meeting Archie. Hearing that Lewis Hamilton met sophie & Idris before his Silverton experience event is worrisome.

  22. Abena Asantewaa says:

    Royah nikkah, always makes up, these stories, and when it turns out otherwise, they blame the sussexes for disrespecting the queen, by turning her down. Remember, Doria being invited to Sandrinham? Meghan’s birthday invite to Balmoral?