The Queen is ‘very sad’ Archie won’t be returning to the UK with Meghan Markle

As Meghan Markle and Prince Harry return to the UK to carry out the last of their Royal engagements, Prince Archie may not be joining them.

The Queen, who has only seen her grandson a handful of times since his birth, is said to be ‘very sad’ by the news, The Sunday Times reports.

It’s now been 14 weeks since the 93-year-old monarch has seen her grandson after Harry and Meghan left the royal family to start a new, independent life in Canada back in January.

While his parents wrap up the last of their official royal duties, it is believed nine-month-old Archie will remain in Vancouver with his nanny and Meghan’s friend Jessica Mulroney.

Aside from the Queen’s disappointment, the decision to travel without Prince Archie is proving to be extremely costly for the palace.

Royal police officers will need to divvy up shifts between Meghan in London and Archie is Vancouver - an exercise that is costing close to 50,000 pounds.

“Meghan’s London jaunt is proving a real headache,” a royal insider said told The Sun.

"It’s an expensive time just when the costs of looking after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are under scrutiny.”

It comes as Canadian police have said they will no longer offer the pair security when they officially step down from their royal roles on March 31.

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