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Meghan and Harry share cute Archie moments during regular video calls with the Queen

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The Duke and Duchess have spent most this year in California after they announced they were stepping down as senior members of the Royal Family in March. But they have been unable to visit the UK for key royal events or share Archie’s milestones as he develops into a toddler due to the coronavirus pandemic. They are understood to have been able to keep in touch with the Queen and other members of the Royal Family through video calls instead.

Sean Smith, the author of Meghan Misunderstood said: “I presume they have Zoom calls and Meghan participates in them.

“Particularly with the Queen I understand, showing how much Archie has grown this week.”

But he added that he would be “surprised” if Meghan kept in contact with Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge.

Speaking to Fabulous, he said: “Whether they have any contact with William and Kate, I don’t know. I’d be surprised.”

The Queen is said to be “very sad” that she has seen very little of her great grandson this year.

Prince Charles is also thought to have been among other royals were heartbroken at not seeing Archie after the Sussexes moved out of Frogmore Cottage, in Windsor.

A source said: “The Prince of Wales enjoyed popping into Frogmore Cottage to see his youngest grandchild and is sad that he hasn’t seen him for so long.

“He has missed much of his development since he is now growing up in the USA.”

Speaking to the Daily Mail, the source added: “Other members of the family are very sad at not seeing him.

“Everyone really misses Archie – they feel it’s particularly sad for the Queen and Prince Philip.

“Harry always said he looked forward to raising his family with William’s – which of course is not now happening.”

Meghan and Harry left the UK for North America last November, where they first went to Vancouver, Canada, before then moving to Los Angeles in March.

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The couple also returned to the UK twice at the start of this year, but they did not bring Archie with them.

Royal expert Katie Nicholl claimed Harry and Meghan are growing further apart from the Royal Family because they “do things their own way whatever the cost, while the Firm refuses to bend the rules”.

She highlighted their decision to publicly visit Los Angeles National Cemetery on Remembrance Sunday, where they were joined by celebrity photographer Lee Morgan.

She said that this will not have helped their “divide” with the other royals.

Ms Nicholl told OK! Magazine: “It highlights the great divide between Harry and the Royal Family.

“There is such a gaping cavern now and exercises like this only serve to widen that gap rather than heal the rift.

“Harry and Meghan do things very differently to the Royal Family and to me it shows how determined they are to do things their own way whatever the cost.”

But Mr Smith added he thinks Meghan is happier in the US compared to how she felt living in the UK.

He said: “One of the first things she said when she went back to the US was, ‘It is good to be home’, and I think that speaks volumes. I don’t think it is a secret that she was isolated.”

Harry and Meghan are believed to be spending Christmas in the US this year, with Harry being “excited for his first American Christmas”.

Mr Smith said: “There was never any question of them coming over for Christmas. Why would they want to? Her mum is in California and Archie is safe and well there.

“Why would they want to come over here at a difficult time. I’m not even sure the royal Christmas will happen this year.”

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