The Duke of Sussex will return to the UK next month to celebrate a decade of the Invictus Games, and it’s thought he will likely opt to stay in a London hotel over a royal residence when he visits

Prince Harry will return to the UK next month to celebrate the ten year anniversary of the Invictus Games, although it’s not confirmed if he will stay at a royal residence.

The Duke of Sussex, who stepped back from the royal family alongside wife Meghan Markle in 2020, will attend the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, on Wednesday 8 May, which will mark the 10th anniversary of the games for injured servicemen and women.

It’s the first time Harry will have returned to the UK since he flew to the country in February after King Charles’ cancer diagnosis was revealed. Harry flew to see his father and was in the UK for just 25 hours following the health update, where it was rumoured he saw the King only for a brief 30 minute meeting, which is believed to be their first proper private conversation for 15 months.

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Prince Harry is thought to be opting to stay at a hotel over a royal residence when he visits the UK next month
During his brief stay and despite the royals having a wealth of lavish properties in London, Harry opted to stay in a London hotel instead. He did the same thing when he was in London for the Well Child Awards back in September and it’s likely the Duke will again stay in a hotel over a royal residence when he travels next month. Whilst the exact hotel is not widely known, it’s thought to be The Goring Hotel with rooms available at around £8k per night.

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Harry is effectively homeless when he visits his home country of the United Kingdom, following his eviction from Frogmore Cottage last year, with him reportedly denied permission to stay there during last year’s trip. However, there are believed to be rooms at Buckingham Palace, Clarence House, Kensington Palace and Windsor Castle that are typically made available to him should he wish to use them.

Harry is also thought not to be returning to the UK with wife Meghan Markle in tow, but instead will make the trip alone. A statement published on the Invictus Games’ social media accounts read: “The Invictus Games Foundation will celebrate 10 years of changing lives and saving lives with a ‘Service of Thanksgiving’ at St Paul’s Cathedral on May 8th. We will be joined by our Patron, Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, actor Damian Lewis and members of the worldwide Invictus Community to mark the occasion.” Meghan’s name is notably absent from the official statement, despite having joined Harry for Invictus events in the past. Meghan will instead likely stay home in Montecito, California with the couple’s two children daughter Lilibet and son Archie, who will turn five just two days before Harry visits the UK.

Meghan Markle is not expected to accompany Harry to the UK next month for the Invictus Games celebrations (
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After losing his security battle against the Home Office earlier this year and citing his concerns over his safety in the UK, it was rumoured he could choose to appear at the upcoming Thanksgiving service via video link or a pre-recorded message, rather than attending in person. However, former head of royal protection Dai Davies exclusively told the Mirror that despite the security concerns, Harry will still return to the UK. He explained: “He won’t be put off, his Chief of Protection appears to be an ex-Sergeant in royalty protection and is obviously highly trained. The other thing is even if he [Harry] doesn’t have armed protection, he will get the liaison structure that would go with it.”

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