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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have not been ordered back to work by Queen Elizabeth. A phony report in a tabloid is wrong. Gossip Cop can debunk it.

In November, Markle and Prince Harry announced they would be taking a six-week break from royal duties as they traveled to the U.S. to spend time with Markle's family. The break had the full endorsement of the queen, as Buckingham Palace officially announced. The break came after a particularly grueling time for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who are constantly attacked by the tabloid media. Markle and Prince Harry are suing a London tabloid for its reporting on a private letter from Markle's father to the duchess.

This week, Life & Style is falsely reporting that the queen has "ordered" the couple to "get back to work." In the bogus article, the tabloid asserts that because Prince Andrew is stepping back from his royal duties due to scandal, and because Prince Philip is "in declining health," the queen needs all the help she can get from the other members of the family. The outlet quotes a supposed source as saying, "Meghan and Harry disappeared at what's turned out to be the worst possible time, and it's not gone well with the family. The queen's now demanding they get back to work."

There is a lot to unpack with this tall tale. For starters, Prince Philip retired from public duties in August 2017. His retirement is something Queen Elizabeth and the family have worked with for more than two years. It's nothing new. Prince Andrew's situation is a little different, but it still doesn't require the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to cut their break short. While the report claims Kate Middleton has had to "pick up the slack," this too is misleading. Middleton's role has increased greatly over the last six months since she returned from maternity leave. Her busy schedule has nothing to do with Markle and Prince Harry's break.

Finally, today was the queen's traditional Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace. If the duke and duchess had been "ordered" to return, as the tabloid contends, they would be at the lunch. They weren't. The queen was joined by most of the rest of the royal family, including Middleton and Prince William, and the couple's children. Even the embattled Prince Andrew attended. Prince Harry and Markle did not, just as expected when the palace announced their break.

Trusting Life & Style when it comes to the couple is a bad idea. The publication has a poor track reporting on the duke and duchess. In July, the tabloid alleged Prince Harry and Markle were moving to Africa. The made-up story was full of problematic errors, and didn't even mention where in Africa they were moving. Gossip Cop shot down the bogus article, just as we are shooting down this latest fable about the duke and duchess.

Our Verdict

Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.

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