Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have left their young children Archie and Lilibet at home in Los Angeles as they jetted off to New York for a long weekend.
The Duke, 37, and Duchess of Sussex, 40, are currently living in their $14 million mansion in California with their two-year-old son and three-month-old daughter, having stepped back from royal duty last year.
The royal couple’s break in New York, which is believed to be at least three days, is the longest time the Duke and Duchess have spent away from their daughter Lilibet since she was born in June.
It is unknown who is caring for Archie and Lilibet while Prince Harry and Meghan visit New York, although the Duchess’ mother Doria has been helping out the couple with childcare in recent months.
Prince Harry, 37, and Meghan Markle, 40, have left their young children Archie and Lilibet at home in Los Angeles as they visited New York for a long weekend
The break in New York is the longest either Prince Harry or Meghan has been able from their daughter Lilibet.
The couple welcomed their baby in June, with the Duke flying back to the UK for a flying visit to unveil his mother Princess Diana’s statue at Kensington Palace just a month later.
However before Lilibet was born, Prince Harry and Meghan had left their son Archie on several occasions.
Three days after Archie was born in 2019, the Duke travelled to The Hague to launch the one-year countdown to the Invictus Games 2020.
And when the couple travelled to London for their farewell tour in January 2020, they left then one-year-old Archie in Canada in the care of Meghan’s BFF Jessica Mulroney.
Archie has also rarely been seen since the couple stepped back as senior royals in March last year (pictured with his mother Meghan in a screenshot from Harry’s mental health series with Oprah)
Meghan is thought to have revealed a grainy first photograph of her second child Lilibet in August after a framed picture of Prince Harry kissing a newborn baby took pride of place on her desk in a video
At the time, they were away from their son in the UK for at least five days.
It is now unknown who the couple will have left their son and daughter with, or whether they have a nanny who helps them care for the children.
In June, it was reported Doria was helping out her daughter and Prince Harry in their $14M Montecito mansion.
Meghan is thought to have revealed a grainy first photograph of her second child Lilibet in August after a framed picture of Prince Harry kissing a newborn baby took pride of place on her desk in a video.
Four images could be seen next to the Duchess of Sussex during the clip to mark her 40th birthday, with the biggest one appearing to show their first son Archie who is now aged two.
Three further black and white photos could be seen in a connected frame in front of this, with the central one seeming to show Harry kissing a baby and one on the right potentially showing Meghan holding a young child.
The Duke, and Duchess are currently living in their $14 million mansion in California with their two-year-old son and three-month-old daughter, having stepped back from royal duty last year.
The Sussexes have not yet released any photographs of Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor who was born exactly two months ago on June 4 at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and is eighth in line to the throne.
Archie has also rarely been seen since the couple stepped back as senior royals in March last year, with the most recent picture of him released to mark his second birthday this May showing him with his back to the camera.
Earlier today, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made their first public trip since moving to California last year, joining the mayor and the Governor of New York Kathy Hochul at the One World Observatory.
The observatory is located on floors 100-102 of the One World Trade Center, which is America’s tallest building and the main building of the rebuilt World Trade Center complex.
When in New York, Harry and Meghan will also broadcast from Central Park for the Global Citizen Live event on Saturday, as they ‘continue their urgent work with world leaders in the pursuit of global vaccine equity to end the COVID-19 pandemic for everyone, everywhere,’ said the organisation’s website.
The outing marks the first occasion the duo have appeared in public together since stepping back from royal duties and moving to California last year.
It comes as Harry today welcomed Google into his Travalyst sustainable travel initiative in a move that will raise eyebrows given his vocal criticism of big tech.