If absence makes the heart grow fonder, it’s space from Kensington Palace that has brought Prince Harry and Meghan Markle closer together.

It seems like stepping back from their royal duties and moving to Canada with their son, Archie, was the right move. According to People, Prince Harry and Markle (who reportedly call each other “H” and “M”) are really feeling the benefits of time to themselves. “They are besotted and very sweet with each other,” a source told the publication.

“Archie is the priority. It’s very much still about taking care of him and putting the family first,” another allegedly close friend explained. “He’s a happy kid—he loves to laugh. Archie and Harry have such a good time together. And Meghan is a great mom. She’s very much about tending to him. They are trying to live their life as regular parents.”

As we know from another recent update about their life in Vancouver, the prince and Markle are very happy with their choice. “This decision [to leave] had been weighing on them for a long time, and they are relieved to have it done,” a friend told People earlier this February. “A weight has been lifted off their shoulders.”

They’re not the only ones who are benefiting from a royal hiatus. Prince William and Kate Middleton, who are supposedly closer than ever in the wake of all the royal drama, are also planning to take a break from their duties (though for a much shorter amount of time).

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“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image © PA

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According to Us Weekly, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will have the end of February for their family while Prince George and Princess Charlotte are on school vacation.

Nothing lasts forever, though, and both couples are soon to be reunited in London this March. Per Us Weekly, Queen Elizabeth II extended an invitation to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and is hoping everyone will present a united front.

Who else wants to be a fly on the wall for that family dinner?

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