A royal source says the Queen’s Balmoral invite to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex is “bittersweet” for Meghan, because she fears time with his family will “pull on his heartstrings”. But the source said it will “fuel her and Harry’s confidence” they are very much still part of the family.
They claimed Meghan is concerned Prince Harry will be “lured” back to the Firm following their sensational exit in 2020.
They said the Duchess of Sussex “doesn’t doubt” her husband’s commitment to wanting to spend the rest of his life in the US, but she worries “about how these types of visits can pull at his heartstrings” due the duke’s homesickness.
The Balmoral insider told Closer magazine: “It’s a bittersweet invite for Meghan, because on one hand it fuels her and Harry’s confidence that they are very much still part of the family.
“But after so much time away, she fears Harry will be lured back into the fold and want to return to the UK.
“Meghan doesn’t doubt that Harry is committed to spending the rest of his life in America, but does have certain trepidation about how these types of visits can pull at his heartstrings.
“She’s been aware of Harry’s homesickness for some time, and she can see just how excited he is to show more of his heritage to their children, without the attention and security fears that surrounded them in London.”
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This was the first time the Queen, 96, with her granddaughter Lilibet in a private lunch away from photographers.
The insider added: “It goes without saying he wants to spend as much time with his grandmother while he still can.
“So this offer is a big deal to him and it’s one he’s going to take up with open arms.
“It’ll be such a treat to spend precious time with the Queen, and Harry would love to enjoy a pint in a British pub and spend time with his family in the countryside. He’s really missed it.”