• Queen Elizabeth allegedly ordering Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to get back to work
  • Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's royal break
  • Queen Elizabeth's relationship with Meghan and Prince Harry

Queen Elizabeth II did not order Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to get back to work despite claims.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex previously announced that they would be taking a six-week break from their royal duties. The couple has not returned yet and even skipped the Queen’s annual Christmas lunch.

This week, Life & Style reported that the monarch has “ordered” Prince Harry and Markle to “get back to work.” Her Majesty allegedly did so because Prince Andrew stepped back from his royal obligations and Prince Philip’s health has been declining.

“Meghan and Harry disappeared at what’s turned out to be the worst possible time, and it’s not gone well with the family. The queen’s now demanding they get back to work,” an unnamed source claimed.

However, one should take the report with a grain of salt for several reasons. First, Prince Harry and Markle’s six-week break was approved by Queen Elizabeth II. The monarch is fully aware of their vacation and is unlikely to demand them to get them back to work while they are still on a break.

Second, the Queen understands that Prince Harry and Markle need some family time because they were very busy shortly after Archie’s birth. Prince Harry and Markle made an official tour to South Africa, the duchess launched her Meghan’s Smart Set collection for Smart Works and they were constant targets of media scrutiny.

Queen Elizabeth II has been very supportive of Prince Harry and Markle. The three royals share a great relationship. In fact, the Duchess of Sussex was the Queen’s first non-royal Christmas guest when Her Majesty allowed Markle to spend the holiday with them a month after she got engaged to Prince Harry. Normally, only the royals’ wives, husbands, and children are invited to Sandringham with the Queen. Kate Middleton didn’t spend Christmas with the royal family until after she married Prince William.

In related news, some might question Prince Harry and Markle’s long break. According to expert Eliot Wilson, the royal couple is expected to engage in formal duties and their jobs aren’t as demanding as policemen, nurses and firefighters who don’t get to enjoy a six-week off.

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and Queen Elizabeth II
Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, and Queen Elizabeth II at the Queen's Young Leaders Awards Ceremony at Buckingham Palace on June 26, 2018 in London.  Getty Images/John Stillwell