Fans of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been loving seeing the couple over this side of the pond for a change, as they flew to the Netherlands to attend this year’s Invictus Games (after secretly dropping in to meet with the Queen en route). However, whilst Prince Harry is set to remain in Europe for a few more days, Meghan Markle is believed to have already flown back to their home in L.A.—and it’s for the sweetest reason.As we all know, the couple share two beautiful children together (Archie, who is now 3, and baby Lilibet, who is just 10 months old), and it sounds as though Meghan couldn’t wait to be reunited with them.
It’s something that Meghan publicly discussed during her trip to South Holland while sitting in on a group reading activity with 12 children in the Zuiderpark. While there, according to GB athlete and veteran James Stride, who read the book Hairy Maclary to the group, Meghan confessed that she was looking forward to being back with her little ones.
“Meghan was quite chatty and told me she was missing her children,” Stride told the Daily Mail. “She said she wanted to be with children as she was missing her own.”
Stride added that the book he’d chosen to read is also one that Archie and Lili are big fans of and know well, according to their mother, Meghan.“Meghan told me she was familiar with the book and one that she read to her own children,” he explained. “She was very friendly, and the book was well known by her family.”
The veteran then shared that afterward, he’d cheekily handed her a copy of the book to take back to L.A. with her—complete with his signature hidden inside. Stride, who worked as a vehicle engineer, also revealed that this isn’t the first time he’s crossed paths with royalty either, as he previously met Prince Harry out in Afghanistan in 2007.“I was a vehicle engineer and Harry came in with his vehicle. I did meet him, but I don’t suppose he remembers me,” he said.Here’s hoping the Sussexes, who have reportedly recently hired Obama’s former security staff, will be back in the UK for a longer visit soon.