The Trooping the Color parade, which celebrates King Charles’ birthday, will take place on Saturday without the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
With their children Prince Archie, 4, and Princess Lilibet, 2, they have established a new life in Montecito, Santa Barbara, since Prince Harry, 38, and his wife, Meghan, 41, withdrew from royal duties in 2020.
Since then, the couple has signed deals with Netflix, and Meghan has joined a Hollywood talent agency. However, on Friday, it was revealed that the couple has broken off its relationship with Spotify, and the Duchess’ Archetypes podcast will not be renewed for a second season.
Harry’s openly candid memoir Spare, which described his tumultuous relationship with his family, was released in January in addition to their Netflix docuseries.
The late Queen Elizabeth II’s final Trooping the Colour took place in the UK in 2022, which also happened to be the year of Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee, and the Duke and Duchess flew over for the occasion.
The Duchess was seen at the windows during a sweet interaction with Savannah and Isla Phillips’ daughters and Mia and Lena Tindall’s children, who are the children of Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips. Harry and Meghan did not appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony to watch the flypast.
The Sussexes’ last trip to the UK together was in September 2022, when they went to Manchester for the One Young World Summit. However, they stayed longer after the Queen passed away because they wanted to attend her state funeral at Westminster Abbey.
Harry has visited London on his own three times this year. He appeared in court for a preliminary hearing in his privacy case against Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL), the company that publishes the Daily Mail and Mail On Sunday, in March.
The Duke also went to the coronation of King Charles and Queen Camilla in May at Westminster Abbey, but he only stayed for about 24 hours before returning to California to attend his son Prince Archie’s fourth birthday.
Harry testified earlier this month in his case against Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN) regarding alleged illegal information gathering at its titles in the witness box at the High Court. View him arrive in the video below.
The Duke repeatedly told the court during nearly eight hours of questioning over two days that articles published in MGN titles were “incredibly suspicious” and showed “tell-tale signs” of illegal activity.
He stated to Mr. Justice Fancourt that “from the moment I had a mobile phone,” he remembered suspicious activity, including missed calls and missing voicemail messages.
However, MGN’s attorney Andrew Green KC argued that Harry lacked call data evidence and that it was “total speculation” that the information about him in the 33 articles at the center of his case was obtained illegally by journalists.