Queen heartbreak: When will Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip next see baby Archie?
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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, like many of the UK, have spent the past few months in isolation during the pandemic. The couple have stayed at their Windsor Castle in what was dubbed HMS Bubble, protecting them from any coronavirus risk. However, this has meant the couple have gone months without seeing family members face to face.
The Royal Family have had to get used to undertaking royal duties over video chat during lockdown, and have also been using it to keep in touch with one another.
However, with the relaxation of some lockdown measures, the Queen has been able to travel, with Philip, to Balmoral in Scotland.
Usually while in Balmoral the Queen entertains family members, and has already had some visitors.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Prince Edward and their two children Lady Louise Windsor, 16, and James Viscount Severn, 12, were seen walking Balmoral grounds with the Queen in early August.
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Whether other Royal Family members will make the trip to Balmoral is unknown, but if they do, social distancing will have to be adhered to due to the current rules in Scotland.
For one side of the family, travelling to visit the Queen and Prince Philip may be tricky.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry left the UK earlier this year, first staying in Canada before relocating to Los Angeles.
With the strict lockdown across the world, Meghan and Harry have stayed in the USA with their young son – buying a home the Santa Barbara area.
Meghan and Harry’s son Archie Harrison celebrated his first birthday in May and has not seen the Queen and Prince Philip for several months.
The Sussexes returned to the UK in March to undertake final engagements as royals, but did not bring their young son with them.
Archie has not been seen in public for sometime, only seen recently in a video for Save the Children released on his birthday.
Whether the Sussexes will make a trip to the UK sometime soon is unknown, with restrictions in place for travellers to and from the USA at present.
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Each year the Queen spends around three months at her favourite place, Balmoral, enjoying the end of the summer with visits from family.
However, there is a question mark over when Meghan, Harry and Archie will return to the UK in the coming months.
Royal expert Camilla Tominey wrote in the Telegraph: “The Queen is understood to have invited the Sussexes to Balmoral this summer, but it is thought ‘highly unlikely’ that they will make the journey from Los Angeles, where they are currently holed up in a borrowed Beverly Hills mansion they claim is being besieged by paparazzi.
“Some are beginning to question when – or indeed if – the Queen and Prince Philip will see Archie, their youngest great-grandchild, again.
“The Cambridges plan to travel to the Scottish highlands for a weekend with “Granny” next month before returning to London to resume something resembling a pre-coronavirus royal diary of engagements in September.”
Meghan and Harry have recently moved into a nine-bedroom home in Santa Barbara, and are said to be busy making the house a home.
Sources have said their reported $14million (£10.7 million) home came with an added bonus for young Archie.
The lavish home, set in a small community in the area, has a play area for the youngster.
A source told PEOPLE: “Archie is really happy, and he has space to run free.
“The house came with a play structure that he’ll be climbing in no time.”
Meghan and Harry have been taking the time to video chat with charities and patronages during their time in the US, as well as recently giving out nappies and clothes to LA families in need.
Wearing masks, the couple were pictured volunteering with charity Baby2Baby at a drive-through event at Knox elementary school in south Los Angeles, handing out items to school children starting the new term.
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