Members of the British royal family have flocked to Balmoral Castle in Scotland this week to enjoy their annual summer break – but Prince Harry and Meghan Markle won’t be staying with them.
According to reports, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their son Archie will stay at a remote three-bedroomed shooting lodge on the Balmoral estate – to “avoid a showdown” with Prince William and Kate Middleton.
After jetting into Aberdeen on a commercial flight on Thursday, William, Kate and their three children moved into Balmoral Castle to spend some time with the Queen.
And now, it’s been reported that Harry and Meghan will stay in a lodge away from the main house at Balmoral, when they arrive into Scotland this weekend.
This week, the couple’s security detail were seen preparing the lodge for their arrival.
A Royal source told Metro: “We are expecting the Sussexes imminently. They are expected not to stay for a long while, perhaps a few days to show willing.”
“William and Kate and the children, and the Middleton parents, arrived yesterday and are at the big house (Balmoral). Harry and Meghan do seem to like to be out of the way so the shooting lodge is perfect for them.”
“It will seem a little like they are out in the cold being so remote with the rest of the Royal family either at Balmoral or Birkhall.”
“If the Cambridges leave after a short stay, Harry and Meghan might well stay at the big house. It all seems to be a bit of a juggling act with families treading on eggshells at the moment.”
The source continued: “The falling out of the Cambridges and Sussexes seems to be quite well documented. It’s not surprising they should want to give each other space. Ultimately, Harry does not want any fuss or stress around his young family.”
“It might be that he waits until William’s children have gone back to school in London and waits until Boris (Johnson) and Carrie have come and gone on the first weekend of September before he makes an appearance.”
“The shooting lodge is where he will stay with Meghan and Archie if, as seems likely, there are any clashes.”