Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are planning to take a break next month in order to spend some time together as a family.
The Sunday Times is reporting that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will continue their current schedule of royal duties for a few more weeks before taking a breather for six weeks.
“The duke and duchess have a full schedule of engagements and commitments until mid-November, after which they will be taking some much-needed family time,” a royal source confirms.
The couple are reportedly planning to spend Thanksgiving in the U.S. as part of this break, while the Times says this time off may be a precursor to the couple’s long-rumoured move to Africa.
U.K. news anchor Tom Bradby, who interviewed the couple for a new documentary set to air on Wednesday, Oct. 23, wrote about the interview for the Times, noting that he found them to be “vulnerable and bruised,” with Harry discussing his desire to leave the U.K. entirely and base themselves in Africa.
“I don’t know where we could live in Africa at the moment,” Harry tells Bradby in the interview. “We’ve just come from Cape Town. That would be an amazing place for us to be able to base ourselves.”
A preview clip of the interview has already made headlines for Markle candidly discussing her feelings of vulnerability over being under constant attack by Britain’s tabloid press during her pregnancy.
“Look, any woman especially when they are pregnant you’re really vulnerable and so that was made really challenging, and then when you have a newborn – you know…” she says.
“And especially as a woman, it’s a lot,” she adds. “So you add this on top of just trying to be a new mom or trying to be a newlywed it’s, well…”
The interview also sees Harry open up about the grief he still feels over the death of his mother, Princess Diana, admitting it’s a “wound that festers… every single time I see a camera, every single time I hear a click, every single time I see a flash.”
Writes Bradby: “It doesn’t take a genius to work out the basic psychology at play. Harry still believes that the press, or at least the game she was forced to engage in with it, killed his mother. He now fears, in the most deep and atavistic way, that history may repeat itself with his wife.”
According to Bradby, he “couldn’t quite shake a sense of sadness” over his “powerful impression that this young family, happy in themselves” were finding it difficult to cope with the constant media scrutiny, and that the couple “came across as more vulnerable and bruised than the spoilt, petulant, arrogant and entitled caricatures sometimes tied to the public whipping post.”
On the other hand, Bradby writes that reports of the couple’s “difficulties, splits and tensions within the wider royal family” were “by no means all exaggerated or untrue.”
According to the Times, Harry and Meghan are expected to take their son, Archie, to the U.S. to spend their first Thanksgiving holiday as a family with Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, in Los Angeles.
Meanwhile, it’s expected that Archie will be spending his first Christmas with the Queen and the rest of the royal family at Sandringham, where the royals traditionally spend the holidays.
“Harry & Meghan: An African Journey” will air Wednesday, Oct. 23.