Duke and Duchess of Sussex skip Queens traditional Balmoral  summer holiday

But insiders confirmed they were no plans for them to visit this year, pointing out that the trio are able to see the Queen regularly by virtue of living on the Windsor Castle estate.  A source said the Duke and Duchess had only taken a short summer break, working on future projects and plans for their tour into August and returning this week for the Duke’s eco-tourism launch and the Duchess’s SmartWorks collaboration.In 2018, the Duke and Duchess stayed with the Prince of Wales at his Scottish residence of Birkhall and the Castle of Mey, but have never yet been spotted at Balmoral.Sign up for our free newsletter,  Your Royal Appointment, for exclusive insight from Camilla Tominey and Hannah Furness. Later this month, he will travel to South Africa with his parents for his first overseas tour. Royal-watchers had expected to see the Sussexes join the Queen in Balmoral for a short trip, after a difficult summer in which they faced heavy criticism over their use of private jets. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have not visited the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh at Balmoral this summer, as they and baby Archie skip the Royal Family’s traditional retreat.The Sussexes, who have instead taken a holiday to Ibiza and stayed in the south of France with Sir Elton John, have no plans to join their family in the Scottish countryside this year, it is understood. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three children were seen flying on a budget airline for a weekend at Balmoral, with the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall also joining the Queen on her Sunday visit to church. The Duke of York, Earl and Countess of Wessex and their two children, Princess Anne and Sir Timothy Laurence and Peter and Autumn Phillips have also been seen at the estate, where the family come and go annually to spend time with the Queen and Duke. The Sun reported the Sussex’s “snub” to the Queen, with sources claiming they declined an invitation because four-month-old Archie Mountbatten-Windsor was too young for the visit.  The Queen and Duchess of Cambridge in Balmoral in AugustCredit:Getty The Queen and Duchess of Cambridge in Balmoral in August The Balmoral summer holiday is a Royal Family favourite Credit:Getty The Balmoral summer holiday is a Royal Family favourite 

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