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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal exit deal is believed to expire next year, but now some have suggested that the couple are looking for an extension.
- Prince Harry and Meghan (opens in new tab) Markle's royal exit deal with Buckingham Palace is thought to be set to expire in March 2021.
- According to some sources, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are reportedly entering discussions to secure an extension to this deal.
- In other Royal News (opens in new tab), the Queen's romantic gesture to Prince Philip during her annual Christmas Day speech has been revealed (opens in new tab).
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped down as senior royals (opens in new tab) earlier this year, with an agreement of terms with the Royal Family. It is understood that the couple’s royal exit deal is set to expire in March 2021, with some predicting that it is “quite likely” they will lose their HRH titles (opens in new tab).
Now some sources have claimed that the couple are reportedly preparing to enter discussions regarding a possible extension to their royal exit deal.
How might Prince Harry and Meghan Markle get an extension to their royal exit deal?
According to The Sun, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex are expected to make “friendly video calls to senior royals next month” before Prince Harry flies back to the UK (covid-19 travel restrictions permitting) for face-to-face talks.
It's been reported that talks are said to be “less confrontational” than at the family summit that took place at Sandringham (opens in new tab) in January 2020.
What changes might Prince Harry and Meghan Markle be hoping for?
The Sun reports that the Duke and Duchess (opens in new tab) are said to be keen to keep their royal patronages. Alongside this, Prince Harry’s sadness at the loss of military titles as part of the royal exit deal has been widely reported.
These military roles are believed to have been kept vacant since his and Meghan’s exit and it is thought that they will remain unfilled until next summer at the earliest.
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This then leaves open the possibility at least that Prince Harry could perhaps try and get some of his military titles back.
The Sun reports that an insider has supposedly revealed how: “Harry regrets losing those titles and keeping them open for as long as possible keeps that olive branch out.”
They added: “Don’t be surprised if they are not filled even after March 31.”
How has Prince Harry’s relationship with the Royal Family changed?
Whilst some have suggested that there has been a so-called “rift” between Prince Harry and his older brother Prince William, others now believe that Harry’s relationship with his family has grown closer in recent months.
Royal biographer Andrew Morton has been reported as suggesting that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would like to return to the UK for several upcoming significant royal events, if covid-19 travel restrictions allow it.
These occasions supposedly include the Queen’s 95th birthday on April 21, Prince Philip (opens in new tab)’s 100th birthday on June 10 and also the unveiling of a statue of Prince Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana (opens in new tab), in July.
According to The Sun, Morton said: "Although they will do some of it by Zoom, Harry wants to meet face to face to tie it all up."
He added: "Things seem to have calmed down. Harry has been in contact with the Queen (opens in new tab) more often than you would think”.
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Morton also reportedly explained that: “certain things you need to be there in person to sort. They will need a few weeks. That could be done after April, depending on covid."
As 2021 approaches, it remains to be seen what kind of decisions might be made regarding Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal exit deal.
Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with six years of experience working in digital publishing. Her specialist areas including literature, the British Royal Family and knowing all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and every streaming service out there. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, you can find Emma cooking and watching yet more crime dramas.
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