Prince Harry hits a new milestone in his break from The Firm after spending 265 days in the US – his longest period EVER off British soil
- Prince Harry, 36, moved to America after stepping back from royal duty in March
- The break away from the Britain is the Duke of Sussexes’ longest period abroad
- Father-of-one has spent 265 days in the US after arriving in the country in spring
- Royal previously spent months abroad in Australia, Africa and Afghanistan
Prince Harry’s time in America is now his longest ever period away from Britain, marking a new milestone in his break away from the royal family.
According to Newsweek, after permanently settling in America on March 26, the father-of-one has now spent at least 265 days away from the UK which is his longest period out of the country.
Previously, the duke travelled in Australia and Africa for 262 days during his gap year in 2005.
Prince Harry’s, 36, time in America is now his longest ever period away from Britain, marking a new milestone in his break away from the royal family (pictured, with Meghan Markle, 39, last month)
Prince Harry and Meghan announced their plans to take a six week break from royal duty last November, before they travelled to Canada where they spent Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The couple then revealed that they would be stepping back as senior working royals in January.
They returned to the UK for their farewell tour, performing their final royal engagement on March 9 during the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey.
While the date they left the UK was not formally announced, Prince Harry and Meghan’s biography Finding Freedom states that the Duke flew back to Canada on March 12.
Previously, the Duke of Sussexes’ longest break from Britain was during his gap year, when he travelled in Australia and Africa for a total of 262 days
Reports arose on March 26 that the Duke and Duchess had ‘settled in the US’ after moving from their previous base on Vancouver Island.
While the Duke spent time away during his one year break after school in Australia and Africa in 2004, his current stretch on American soil is his longest away from the UK.
He spent time away from British soil when he performed two tours of Afghanistan, spending ten weeks in Helmand Province in 2008 before he had a four-month tour at Camp Bastion from September 2012 to January 2013.
It is currently unknown when the Duke and Duchess will return to the UK, after they reportedly handed the keys of Frogmore Cottage over to Princess Eugenie after clearing out the property ‘in the dead of night.’
Prince Harry went on to perform two tours of Afghanistan, spending ten weeks in Helmand Province in 2008 before he had a four-month tour at Camp Bastion from September 2012 to January 2013
Prince Harry and Meghan were said to have emptied the house in what an insider claims is a ‘pretty strong sign’ the couple have ‘no plans to return.’
It has been reported that Harry and Meghan are ‘looking forward’ to celebrating their first holiday with their 18-month-old son Archie in their new home.
Vanity Fair‘s Katie Nicholl said the Sussexes are excited for their first American Christmas living in California.
It will mark the second year the couple will have spent the holiday away from the Queen, 94, and other royals — having reportedly spent the last festive season with Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland and their son in Canada.
It is currently unknown when the Duke and Duchess will return to the UK, after they reportedly handed the keys of Frogmore Cottage over to Princess Eugenie after clearing out the property ‘in the dead of night’
The royal expert went on to report that the news would likely be ‘disappointing’ for the monarch who is ‘missing’ Harry and her great-grandson Archie, whom she has not seen for a year.
Sources said Prince Harry had no plans to cross the Atlantic any time soon because of the COVID-19 crisis.
The insider explained: ‘Global travel has been made very complicated by the coronavirus pandemic and at the moment the duke has no plans to travel back to the UK, certainly not before Christmas.’