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Prince Philip, the husband of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, has passed away at age 99.

The news was announced by Buckingham Palace on Twitter on Friday, April 9.

"It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh," the tweet read. "His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle."

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Many in England are wondering if Harry Windsor and Meghan Markle will attend the prince's funeral.

Harry was "advised to fly home right now to day goodbye to his grandfather," a source told The Royal Observer.

Meghan will likely remain in California until their baby is born.

The couple bad-mouthed the Royal family in a recent tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey.

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The news comes after Prince Philip spent 28 nights in a hospital, after being treated for a serious infection and undergoing heart surgery in March.

The Duke retired from royal duties in 2017. In January, Philip was involved in a car crash after he pulled out onto the main road near the Queen’s Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, England.

The royal was uninjured in the crash but two people in the other car were hospitalized.

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Born in Greece, Prince Philip joined the navy in 1939 and fought in World War II. During the war, he corresponded with the then-teenage Princess Elizabeth, and they announced their engagement in 1947.

After the couple's wedding in November of that year, he was named Duke of Edinburgh and left the military after his wife's accession to the throne in 1952. He officially became a British Prince in 1957.

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Prince Philip is survived by Queen Elizabeth II, and their children Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince Andrew, Princess Anne, and Prince Edward, as well as eight grandchildren, including Harry and Prince William.

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Meghan Markle and Harry Windsor sat down with American media mogul Oprah Winfrey for a tell-all discussion about the royals, race, victimization, depression and thoughts of suicide.

Megan, who is 39 and pregnant with her second child, claimed the royals were concerned that her firstborn baby's skin would be too dark to be a prince.

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Meghan was "angry" that Queen Elizabeth II didn't break 100 years of convention to make her son, Archie, a prince instead of a lord.

The "Suits" actress claimed inaccurately that the "prince" title was her son's "birthright".

She alleged that this happened "in tandem [with] concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he's born."

In reality, Archie, the Queen's great-grandson, is not entitled to be named a prince. The children of the Queen's daughter Princess Anne and her first husband Captain Mark Phillips also do not have titles, and nor does the newborn son of the Queen's granddaughter Princess Eugenie.

When Oprah pressed Harry on exactly who discussed her unborn son's skin color, he refused to answer.

"That conversation I'm never going to share," he said. "At the time, it was awkward. I was a little bit shocked."

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Meghan also revealed that she contemplated taking her own life when things didn't go as she planned. "I didn't want to be alive anymore," she told Oprah, who was paid $9 million to conduct the interview for CBS.

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It isn't clear how much Meghan and Harry were paid for their interview. Since being cut off financially by the royal family, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor have been supported by Netflix, Spotify, and the generosity of their wealthy American friends.

The following are more quotes from Meghan and Harry’s in-depth interview with Oprah:

Harry on the gender of their unborn baby: "It's a girl. To have a boy and then a girl, you know, what more can you ask for?"

Megan on their secret wedding: "Three days before our wedding, we got married. No one knows that."

Harry on his mother Diana: "My biggest concern was history repeating itself. She would be very angry how this panned out."

Harry on the Queen: "I've never blindsided my grandmother. I have too much respect for her.

Meghan on her relationship with the Queen: "The Queen has always been wonderful to me. I just really loved being in her company."

Harry on being cut off by his father: "I had two conversations with my father before he stopped taking my calls." Harry said his father asked him to put their plans in writing. "We didn't have a plan. That was suggested by somebody else by the point of where my family literally cut me off financially, and I had to afford security for us."

Harry on his brother Prince William and father Charles: "They are trapped within the system, like the rest of my family are. My father and my brother, they are trapped. They don't get to leave. And I have huge compassion for that.”
 

If Meghan thought this tell-all interview would finally bring her the admiration and respect that she craves from Americans, she is sadly mistaken.

As one viewer wrote in an online forum: "If Meghan thought this 'interview' would make us more sympathetic to her and like her more -- it didn't."

British journalist Piers Morgan ripped Meghan for the disgraceful way she portrayed the royals.

And American reality TV star Bethenny Frankel called Meghan "a fairly unknown actress" who is earning "hundreds of millions" of dollars for her short stint as a senior royal.

"Cry me a river," Frankel tweeted to her 1.5 million followers.

"The plight of being a game show host, fairly unknown actress, to suffering in a palace, w tiaras & 7 figure weddings for TWO WHOLE YEARS to being a household name w @Oprah on speed dial, fetching 7 [million] for interviews, hundreds of millions in media deals."

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Others said Meghan selfishly married into the Royal Family, knowing what her duties would be. But being in servitude to others for the rest of her life was not in the cards for a narcissist.

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Half of Britain don't want to watch Oprah Winfrey's interview with Henry Mountbatten-Windsor, formerly Prince Harry, and his American wife Meghan Markle.

More than half of all Brits polled by The Sun newspaper say they'd rather change the channel than watch Oprah's upcoming interview with the ungrateful pair.

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The Duke and Duchess of Windsor agreed to a sit-down interview with the American talk show boss before they quit the Royal Family for good earlier this month.

Just 27 percent of Brits surveyed by The Sun said they would watch Oprah's sit-down with Harry and Meghan.

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Queen Elizabeth II (left) responded by stripping them of their remaining royal duties and redistributing the duties among family members who know their roles as humble servants to their British subjects.

Buckingham Palace released a statement Friday on behalf of The Queen, who said, "in stepping away from the work of The Royal Family it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service."

The Queen previously ordered Meghan's name removed from her grandchild, Archie's birth certificate, as all grandchild heirs to the throne are in the sole custody of the Queen -- including Harry and Meghan's unborn child.

Harry's brother Prince William -- second to the throne -- is said to be "sad and shocked" by his brother's rude behavior to their grandmother, Her Royal Highness the Queen.

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According to The Times, sources close to Prince William (far left) claim he is "very upset" by Harry and Meghan's "insulting and disrespectful" reply to Queen Elizabeth II.

In a subtle jab, Harry and Meghan responded to the Queen: "We can all live a life of service. Service is universal."

While service may be universal, no one talks back to the Queen.

"You don't answer the Queen back," said a royal source, "it's just not done."

Another source close to the family called the reply "petulant and insulting to the Queen," adding, "Don't disrespect your granny, Harry."

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Henry Mountbatten-Windsor, Duke of Sussex, and his American wife Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, have officially quit the royal family, leaving behind a life of service to their British subjects.

Meghan had a parting shot for England's Queen Elizabeth II who stripped them of their remaining service roles after they announced their second child will be born American.

The news comes just months after the mom-to-be opened up about her heartbreaking miscarriage in July 2020.

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Her Majesty the Queen said she was "saddened by their decision" to abandon their life of public service, and she wished "the Sussexes" a happy new life in America.

Meghan shot back at the Queen with a subtle dig: "We can all live a life of service. Service is universal," she wrote in a statement.

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As you know, Harry and Meghan abandoned their royal duties in 2019. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Meghan became engaged to Harry in 2017 and they wed in 2018. Their son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, was born the following year.

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On January 8, 2020, the couple announced their intentions to step away from public service. They moved to Canada and then to America to pursue celebrity stardom in movies and television -- roles which have eluded them since Americans don't much care for royals.

On Valentine's Day, Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39, announced they are expecting their second baby born on American soil.

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In a rare statement this week, the Queen confirmed Harry and Meghan's eight military roles and patronages were revoked and redistributed to "working members of the royal family" who know their roles as humble public servants.

After living rent-free in Tyler Perry's West Coast mansion, the former royals purchased their own home in California.

The final insult to the Royal family will come when Harry applies for American citizenship.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are in hot water with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The Duke and Duchess neglected to tell Buckingham Palace about their $150 million Netflix deal to develop upcoming projects on the American streaming network.

Harry, 35, and Meghan, 39, recently purchased a $14 million Santa Barbara mansion. They signed a $150 million deal with Netflix to help pay their household expenses.

The Duke and Duchess, who have never produced a television show, will develop documentaries, films, scripted and kids' programming for Netflix.

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According to London's The Sun newspaper, a source said "Harry did not inform the Queen about the Netflix deal."

This is significant because Harry and Meghan are still relying on future King of England, Prince Charles, for their living expenses.

The couple has lived off Harry's father - and the kindness of others - ever since they quit royal life to become celebrities in America last year.

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So far, stardom has eluded them in America. A book about the Royal couple went directly into the sales bin at stores.

Palace officials plan to study the Netflix deal to determine whether Harry and Meghan will be cut off financially.

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The Queen is quite strict about Royals signing lucrative deals without her permission.

"Her view is simple, the Royals are not for sale and danger surrounds high profile roles outside of the institution itself," said the source.

The source added that Harry and Meghan knew any profit-making deals were "subject to discussion" by the palace.

The fact that they signed a deal without palace approval likely means they are affirming their independence from the Royal family.

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The Queen of England reportedly ordered Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to stop using "royal" in their "Sussex Royal" label after stepping down as senior members of Britain's Royal Family.

The couple recently moved to Canada where they launched new lives as celebrities to profit from their royal titles, but the Queen reportedly said not so fast.

According to London's Daily Mail newspaper, Harry's grandmother Queen Elizabeth II and other senior Palace officials have made it clear to Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, that they can no longer use royal in their branding, since they've stepped back from their royal duties.

But, according to WENN.com, a photo service and media outlet based in England, the Palace appeared to backtrack on Wednesday.

"As The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are stepping back as senior Members of the Royal family and will work towards financial independence, use of the word "Royal", in this context, needed to be reviewed. Discussions are still ongoing," a royal source said.

"As part of the process to transition The Duke and Duchess of Sussex into their new chapter - planning has been well underway around the launch of their new non profit organization. Details will be shared in due course."

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Meghan Markle regrets giving up her professional acting career to work full-time as a member of the Royal Family in London, England.

According to the Queen of England's biographer, Meghan's life of servitude in London didn't compare to her life as a TV star in Toronto, Canada.

Sally Bedell Smith said Meghan, 38, was unhappy "renouncing" her acting role on Suits. Smith claims Meghan thought her new life didn't compare to being a celebrity.

Last week, the Queen announced Prince Harry and Meghan gave up their coveted His and Her Royal Highness styles and withdraw from royal duties.

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Harry, 35, and Meghan live with their infant son Archie Harrison in a $14 million waterfront mansion on Vancouver Island on the west coast of Canada.

They met in 2016 when a friend arranged a "blind date" for the couple in London. Meghan claimed she had no idea who Harry was when she met him. But her own family members said she lied. They say she never intended to remain in England after marrying Harry.

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Sources say Meghan kept her high-powered Hollywood team after she married Harry in May 2018. Her publicist and agent are busy securing future film and TV projects for Meghan.

Rumor has it that Oprah Winfrey declined to help open doors for Meghan in Hollywood out of respect for the Queen.

As a result, Meghan offered her first exclusive interview to TV host Ellen Degeneres as a snub to Oprah's OWN Network.

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Piers Morgan unleashed his fury at the departing Prince Harry, who gave an emotional speech during a private party for his African charity in England on Sunday night.

"Once Meghan and I were married, we were excited. We were hopeful and we were here to serve," Harry said on Sunday. "For those reasons it brings me great sadness that it has come to this."

"The decision that I have made for my wife and I to step back is not one I made lightly. It was so many months of talks, after so many years of challenges, and I know I haven't always gotten it right, but as far as this goes there really was no other option."

Harry's speech came one day after Queen Elizabeth released a statement saying Harry and his wife Meghan Markle will stop using their HRH titles this spring.

It is believed that the Queen refused to allow Harry and Meghan to use their HRH titles to prevent them from profiting off their royal names.

Morgan lashed out at the 35-year-old Prince in a scathing editorial published in the Daily Mail Online on Monday.

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"The cause of his 'great sadness' is that he and his wife Megan are quitting the Royal Family to go and live in North American and be full-time celebrities," wrote Morgan.

The British journalist called Harry and Meghan "just another pair of grasping, money-chasing celebrities."

Referring to them as "royal Kardashians," Morgan laughably dismissed Harry's claim that he and Meghan "will continue to lead a life of service."

"We've already seen from the cringe-making clips of him (successfully) hustling the boss of Disney for Megan for voiceover work, that the only service on their minds is to commercially exploit their royal status and promote her acting career."

"Oh, I know, I know... the only accepted narrative, certainly on Twitter, is that the mean, beastly, racist media has driven out poor Harry and Meghan with our despicable antics," Morgan wrote.

"It could just be that Meghan and Harry are a pair of spoiled, entitled, hypocritical brats who decided to hold the Queen and Monarchy to ransom so they could have their royal cake and eat it, and have now had their bluff called and sent packing."

Morgan added: "We shamefully refused to let them lecture us about the environment AND use private jets like taxis!"

Morgan was referring to the recent controversy when Harry and Meghan were criticized for constantly complaining about the climate - while flying all over the world in luxury private jets.

The furor died down after Harry and Meghan agreed to fly commercial jets rather than private jets which can cost $250,000 for a round trip from London to Canada.

Morgan's column was published as Prince Harry attended the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London on Monday. The media is calling it his final official duty as an ex-royal before he heads to Canada to join Meghan and their son Archie Harrison.

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Prince Harry gave an emotional speech at a private dinner for his charity supporting young people with HIV and AIDS on Sunday - a day after Queen Elizabeth released a statement saying Harry and wife Meghan Markle will stop using their HRH titles as of this spring.

The Queen's announcement concluded a week of urgent talks with senior royals after Harry and Meghan's bombshell announcement that they were stepping back from their royal duties and moving to North America.

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Meghan, 38, fled London the next day in her haste to return to a gated waterfront mansion on Vancouver Island in North America where she left her 8-month-old son Archie Harrison with her confidante, Jessica Mulroney, and a nanny.

A Palace official has said, "once the new arrangements take effect in the spring, Harry and Meghan will be known as "Harry, Duke of Sussex" and "Meghan, Duchess of Sussex".

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The shocking announcement by the Queen sparked rumors that Harry and Meghan were divorcing. Friends have said they expect Harry to divorce Meghan within a year.

But the 35-year-old Prince spoke warmly of his social climbing wife during his speech on Sunday.

"Finally, the second son of Diana got hitched... hurray!" said Harry. "I also know that you've come to know me well enough over these past years to trust that the woman I chose as my wife upholds the same values as I do - and she does. And she is the same woman I fell in love with."

He added:

"Once Meghan and I were married, we were excited. We were hopeful and we were here to serve. For those reasons it brings me great sadness that it has come to this. The decision that I have made for my wife and I to step back is not one I made lightly. It was so many months of talks, after so many years of challenges, and I know I haven't always gotten it right, but as far as this goes there really was no other option.

"Our hope was to continue serving the Queen, the commonwealth and my military associations but without public funding. Unfortunately, that wasn't possible."

 
When a Palace official was asked what to call the couple, the official reportedly said the couple should be referred to as "Sir" and "Ma'am".

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Harry and Meghan will live off of Harry's £2.3 million annual allowance from his father Prince Charles (pictured), who is said to be "devastated."

And, while Harry and Meghan will not be stripped of their coveted HRH titles, they have agreed not to use their titles to enrich themselves.

Minutes after the Queen's official announcement on their future, Meghan updated their "Sussex Royal" website with a statement referring to her and Harry as "their Royal Highnesses" - which seemed to fly in the face of what the Queen said about them not using their royal titles.

According to London's Dailymail.com, Harry and Meghan's agreement to stop using their HRH titles is the price they must pay for their independence.

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Harry's mother, the late Princess Diana was stripped of her HRH title after she divorced Prince Charles in 1996.

Diana was given millions in the divorce, but the Queen removed her bodyguards - leaving Diana to fend for herself, until she met Dodi Fayed, the son of Egyptian billionaire Mohamed El Fayed, who provided bodyguards of his own.

They died together in a high-speed car crash inside a tunnel in Paris, while being pursued by paparazzi in 1997. Harry was 12 at the time of his mother's death.

Harry and Meghan have also agreed to repay the £2.4 million in Sovereign Grant taxpayer money they spent to refurbish their Frogmore Cottage home in Windsor.

The Queen gifted the home to Harry and Meghan so they will have someplace to stay when they visit. The couple will pay rent on the house - up to £360,000 per year. But Meghan's confidants have already said she has no plans to return to London. Sources say Meghan's plan all along was to move back to Toronto.

According to the Daily Mail, Meghan had her things "put into storage" in Canada - contradicting previous claims that she moved ALL of her personal belongings to London before marrying Harry.

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Friends say Meghan feels she deserves better than the modest cottage and a life of servitude in London. They say she enjoys living lavishly in a $14 million mansion on Vancouver Island. The house is owned by a Russian businessman with links to the Ukrainian government.

Sources say Harry is "annoyed" that his wife is living it up with her friends in another man's house that he can hardly afford on his £2.3 million annual allowance from his dad.

Harry has reportedly told Meghan not to get too comfortable in that house, as they will be downsizing to more reasonable accommodations as soon as he joins her and son Archie in Canada.

Sources say Harry and Meghan have reached the post-honeymoon phase in their marriage when Meghan needs more narcissistic supply to keep her happy.

Friends say Meghan wants a husband who can provide her with a lifestyle of wealth and materialism that she feels she deserves - rather than living off of handouts from the Royal Family.

The former c-list "Suits" actress wants to return to television or even star in movies in the near future. There are reports that Meghan wants to play herself in the Netflix royal drama "The Crown."

The mother-of-one signed a deal to do voiceovers for Disney last fall in return for a donation to an elephant charity in Africa. And Harry has already collaborated on a six-part mental health special for Apple TV with his friend, American billionaire and television mogul Oprah Winfrey.

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The couple plan to create a production company similar to the one owned by former U.S. President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, who signed a lucrative deal to produce TV specials and movies for Netflix.

Netflix has expressed interest in working with Harry and Meghan. A Netflix exec reportedly said, "Who wouldn't be interested? Yes, sure."

But Harry has promised the Queen they won't sign any "dodgy deals" that might further embarrass the Royal Family.

More film footage has surfaced from a red carpet movie premiere in July, that shows Harry and Meghan begging another American film executive for work.

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Earlier video footage from The Lion King premiere showed Harry begging Disney chief Robert Iger for voiceover work for Meghan in the next Lion King film. "You do know she does voiceovers?"

Iger is heard replying, "Ah, I did not know that."

"You seem surprised," said Harry, while Meghan stood nearby pretending not to hear the conversation.

Iger appeared stunned by the highly unusual request from a royal at a movie premiere of all places. Later, Iger was seen gesturing toward Harry and telling his wife, Willow Bay, what Harry asked him. Bay looked surprised by what she heard.

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In the new video footage, both Harry and Meghan are seen asking The Lion King director Jon Favreau for jobs in the next Lion King movie.

In the video Harry tells Favreau: "If anyone needs any voiceover work..." before Meghan interrupts him - as she always does - and says: "That's really why we're here. It's the pitch!"

Harry then says: "She'll tackle any voiceover - just not Scar," referring to the villain character who tries to steal the kingdom from Simba.

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Semi-retired American singer Beyonce Knowles-Carter, 39, who voiced Nala in the movie, is seen in the background covering her face and giggling at the royals, whom she obviously thought were joking.

In another still from the video, Beyonce looks at the royal couple with disdain, apparently after realizing they weren't joking.

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Meghan has reportedly assembled a team of Hollywood agents and publicists to discuss future projects for her. Meghan's own father Thomas Markle said she is turning the Royal Family into a Walmart.

In a sensational interview with Channel 5, Thomas said Meghan and Harry are "embarrassing" and "cheapening" the Royal Family by quitting.

He added: "This is not the girl I raised."

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Archie Harrison's info was accidentally removed from his mother Meghan Markle's biography on the Royal Family's official website.

Archie's parents shocked Britain when they announced they were leaving the Royal Family in an Instagram post on Jan. 8.

According to People.com, the couple's 8-month-old son was "accidentally" removed from Meghan's official profile on the Royal.UK website.
 

The omission was likely made because it was widely believed at the time, that Queen Elizabeth would take custody of the royal heir. The Queen took custody of Harry and his brother, Prince William, after their parents, Princess Diana and Prince Charles divorced in 1996.

British law states all royal grandchildren are in the legally custody of the Queen. But Archie is the Queen's great-grandson, which means she does not have legal custody of him.

The website also claimed Meghan and Harry still reside in a small cottage at Kensington Palace. But Harry and Meghan moved out of their Nottingham Cottage on the palace grounds in April, just before Archie was born.

In related news, Queen Elizabeth is reportedly "annoyed" that Harry and Meghan spent over $2 million in taxpayer money to renovate and decorate Frogmore Cottage in Windsor.

Harry is currently staying alone at Frogmore Cottage, while Meghan and Archie are currently living in a $14 million mansion in Vancouver.

Harry has no plans to reunite with his family any time soon.