It’s safe to guess that Prince Harry was missing the warm embrace of his wife, Meghan Markle, on their first Valentine’s Day as a married couple.
But duty called, from all the way up in the frigid Arctic Circle, the Daily Mail reported. While the mom-to-be is believed to have stayed on her own at home at Kensington Palace, the Duke of Sussex flew up to a military air base in northern Norway, where he met British troops taking part in NATO winter survival exercises.
There was some consolation for Harry being away from Meghan. He got to visit what’s called a Quincey Shelter, which resembles an igloo. Soldiers had decorated the shelter with candles and photographs of the royal couple’s May 19 wedding.
Harry, dressed in a Royal Marines uniform, sat in the igloo while romantic music played in the background. He laughingly referred to the display as a “shrine” to his wife and to their wedding.
The Daily Mail said Harry was expected to return to London on Thursday night, after a seven-hour round trip flight on a twin-engine Cessna.
That should be some relief for Meghan, who is a self-described “sucker for Valentine’s Day.” According to the Daily Mail, she once revealed that she wakes up every Feb. 14 “waiting with bated breath to be dipped into a kiss.”
The U.S.-born former TV actress, who is expected to give birth in April or May, is perhaps recovering from an especially turbulent week involving the ongoing drama with her estranged father, Thomas Markle.
Over the weekend, the retired Hollywood lighting designer leaked excerpts of an emotional letter the duchess had written him over the summer, begging him to not talk anymore to the tabloids.
In the letter, penned in Meghan’s careful, stylish handwriting, she said her father’s decision to spread gossip and falsehoods about her and Harry has “broken my heart into a million pieces.”
Thomas Markle said he decided to release the letter after five close friends of Meghan gave anonymous interviews to People magazine to dispute rumors and reports that she is a difficult, social climbing diva who turned her back on her father after she married into the royal family.
Kensington Palace reportedly was not aware that the friends — perhaps with Meghan’s support — had decided to talk to People. Royal observers worried that the People interview would open “a Pandora’s box” and invite Thomas Markle and his older daughter Samantha to take more shots at Meghan and Harry.
Queen Elizabeth reportedly has become fed up with the drama, and told both Meghan and Harry before Christmas that she was concerned about the situation, according to Vanity Fair.
A family friend told Vanity Fair that the 92-year-old queen urged Meghan and Harry to try and sort out the situation. “She told them both that the whole thing was becoming a nightmare, and that they should try and sort things out,” according to the friend. Buckingham Palace refused to comment on the claim, Vanity Fair added.
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