Harry and Meghan: what to expect from their new visit to Europe?

Le duc et la duchesse de Sussex, ici à l'ONU à New York, préparent un nouveau voyage en Europe.

After three months of absence, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will be back in Europe for four days in September 2022. The couple will travel to the United Kingdom and Germany to defend the charities they have supported for several years. An announcement that raises many questions…

They have meticulously prepared for this start of the school year, which heralds their big comeback in the spotlight. Briefly seen leaving Saint Paul’s Cathedral during Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee in June 2022, sneaking back to the United States before the end of the celebrations, Harry and Meghan kept a low profile. Because with the exception of the intervention of the Duke of Sussex last July at the UN, the couple spends most of their time between the walls of their home in Montecito, Los Angeles, refining their media agenda.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's villa in Montecito.
Prince Harry and Meghan’s villa in Montecito. © WALTER / BESTIMAGE

This Monday, August 15, a spokesperson for the prince and his wife announced their upcoming visit to Europe. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex “are delighted to visit several charities close to their hearts in early September,” said their representative.

A philanthropic visit to the UK and Germany

From September 5-8, 2022, Harry and Meghan will travel to Britain and Germany to take part in several events related to the various charities they support and represent.

For now, Harry and Meghan are expected at the opening ceremony of the summit One Young World 2022 at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, a think tank giving voice to young leaders around the world. During this event, many topics will be discussed, such as conflict resolution, health, the environment, gender equality and human rights. Invested in the project since 2014, Meghan will mark her return by delivering a speech.

On July 18, 2022, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at UN Headquarters in New York to take part in Nelson Mandela International Day commemorations.
On July 18, 2022, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at UN Headquarters in New York to take part in Nelson Mandela International Day commemorations. © PacificPressAgency / Bestimage

The next day, the 6th, the Sussexes will take off for Germany where they will preside over an official ceremony one year before the 2023 edition of the Invictus Gamesthese Paralympic Games for soldiers and soldiers injured in combat created by Harry in 2014. This German stage will be short-lived, since Harry and Meghan will return to London on September 7.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex during the athletics section of the fifth edition of the Invictus Games, on April 17, 2022, in The Hague, Netherlands.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex during the athletics events at the Invictus Games, April 17, 2022, in The Hague, Netherlands. © Utrecht Robin/ABACA

On their last day in Europe, on September 8, the couple will attend the WellChild Awards 2022, an awards ceremony organized by this charity sponsored since 2007 by the prince and which helps seriously ill children and young people to be discharged from hospital and return to their families.

Settling family tensions?

The couple’s trip to the UK is already raising many questions. The first, Harry, who did not have the opportunity to discuss privately with Prince William during the jubilee, will he wish to settle down calmly with his brother to settle their differences?

Despite the proximity of Frogmore Cottage – where the Sussexes are expected to stay – and Adelaide Cottage, William and Kate’s new home near Windsor, it seems a meeting with the Duke of Cambridge is not in order of the day. The two brothers have not exchanged face to face since they inaugurated the statue erected in tribute to their mother, Princess Diana, at Kensington Palace on July 1, 2021.

Harry and William in London in 2021
The last meeting of the two brothers at the inauguration of the statue of their mother in July 2021, in London. © Dominic Lipinski/PA Photos/ABACAPRESS.COM

Will the Duke and Duchess of Sussex take the time to find members of the royal family? Despite a busy schedule, the Sussexes may visit Queen Elizabeth II. But when ? Currently at Balmoral, the sovereign is expected on September 5 in London, the day of the election of the successor to Boris Johnson at the head of the British Conservative Party. Harry and Meghan could speak with her on September 7 or 8.

Finally, will Archie and Lilibet accompany their parents? This is the hope of many of their fans, disappointed not to have seen their two children in London last June. For the moment, many questions and few answers, but Harry and Meghan have proven, in the past, to be capable of surprises…

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