in and out

Harry and Meghan fox the British media and make flying visit to see Queen

Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, in 2018
Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, in 2018 (Photo: Shutterstock)

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan, paid a surprise visit to the UK yesterday.

The couple were headed to mainland Europe to attend the Invictus Games in the Netherlands. Harry is a leading organizer of the athletics event, aimed at veterans that have been injured while serving.

On their way to the Hague, they made a private visit yesterday to Windsor Castle to meet with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles. It is understood they arrived on Wednesday, spent the night in the UK, saw the Queen, 95, on Thursday, and then departed.

The visit was not announced beforehand and took the British press by surprise. It was the first time Meghan Markle has returned to the UK in a couple of years, since stepping back from Royal duties in January 2020. Harry visited last July but did not attend a memorial service held last month for his grandfather, Prince Philip.

A spokesperson for the couple confirmed the visit to the press afterward.

Related: Harry and Meghan continue to thrive while the rest of the royal family circles the drain

The surprise visit has left some quarters of the British media, with its army of Royal reporters, reeling.

Some seized upon the fact the couple apparently did not bring their two children, Archie and Lilibet, with them. Queen Elizabeth has yet to meet Harry and Meghan’s daughter.

Others speculated whether it might undermine the case Harry is currently bringing against the UK Home Office, which has denied him the same level of personal protective security when he brings his family to visit from the US, despite his offers to pay for it.

And some of the tabloids just speculated on what might have been said at this supposed “olive branch” meeting, without any evidence of actually knowing a thing about it.

Either way, many supporters of the couple were delighted they stopped off in the UK and managed to hoodwink the media.

Broadcaster and weather reporter Alex Beresford, who famously defended Meghan Markle in an on-air spat with colleague Piers Morgan, welcomed news of the couple’s visit.

Harry and Meghan are now in the Netherlands, ahead of the start of the Invictus Games on Saturday.

Related: Meghan Markle shares heartbreak at loss of gay, beloved friend