It’s been a crazy few months for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry: They welcomed their first child together, set off for a 10-day tour of Africa, and even got into a painful legal battle with U.K. tabloids for “intrusive behavior” targeted at Markle. The media scrutiny has been a lot—so much, in fact, Markle recently opened up about what a toll it’s taken on her mental health. It makes sense they’d want to take a break and enjoy some time as a family, and a new source tells People the royal couple is planning just that.
The source said the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are looking at a six-week break from some of their royal engagements, time which they’ll split between the U.K. and the U.S. During that period, it’s expected that they’ll spend Thanksgiving in America, likely with Markle’s friends or family members. They’ll reportedly also go to California, so Archie spend some time bonding with Markle’s mom Doria Ragland.
“The duke and duchess have a full schedule of engagements and commitments until mid-November, after which they will be taking some much-needed family time,” the source said.
The news follows an emotional interview Markle gave for an upcoming documentary about the Sussex trip to Africa. Markle generated messages of support after an interviewer asked her how she’s doing amid all of the media attention she’s generated in the U.K.—a lot of it has been over-the-line and racially charged, following an ugly pattern that started back in 2016. (Prince Harry even issued a heated message, urging people to stop harassing her.) Markle shared how hard some of the negativity has been when she’s adjusting to huge new changes in her life.
“Any woman, especially when they’re pregnant, you’re really vulnerable, and so that was made really challenging. And then when you have a newborn, you know. And especially as a woman, it’s a lot,” Markle said. “So you add this on top of just trying to be a new mom or trying to be a newlywed. It’s um …yeah. I guess, also thank you for asking because not many people have asked if I’m okay, but it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes.”
Let’s hope a break is just what they need to reset after an intense schedule and period in the public eye.