The sad reason Harry and Meghan could return to the Royal Family revealed

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle might resume their roles as working royals in the future, according to an insider

Prince Harry
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could return to the Royal Family on one depressing condition, a royal insider has revealed. 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could return to the Royal Family when the Prince of Wales ascends the throne, a royal insider has claimed. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex withdrew as senior royals and moved to the US in January 2020, as part of a controversial decision that would ultimately cause a public feud between them and their British relatives. 

The couple had initially hoped to continue serving the Crown by splitting their time between North America and the UK—a proposed compromise that was quickly rejected by the Queen. After deeming them unable to fulfill their duties from across the Atlantic, Her Majesty stripped Harry and Meghan of their royal patronages and redistributed them amongst other senior royals. 

Meghan Markle and the Queen and Harry

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It's understood that Harry and Meghan are still on frosty terms with the Royal Family, having made allegations of racism against Buckingham Palace and accused the monarchy of inflicting 'genetic suffering' on its younger members. This conflict has only been aggravated by Prince Harry's refusal to return to the UK for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee 2022 over security concerns. 

However, hope has not yet been lost for the Sussexes to regain their status within the British monarchy. According to an insider, the pair could rejoin the royal frontlines when Prince Charles, the eldest of the Queen's children, ascends the throne. 


Prince Charles will ascend the throne when the Queen dies

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"Both Meghan and Harry believe that when the elder royals die—in other words, Elizabeth—they may well be able when Charles is King, be able to come back and be the part-time royals that they really wanted to be," royal author Tom Quinn told the To Di For Daily podcast earlier this week. 

“So that they would be six months [as] working royals and six months in the States or wherever doing their own thing." 

It's no secret that the Queen, who passed the 70th anniversary of her reign in February, wasn't willing to grant the couple's wishes to work part-time. Without Her Majesty's support, they were left with no alternative but to hand in their official resignation. 

In a public statement released in February 2021, Buckingham Palace revealed that "the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have confirmed to Her Majesty The Queen that they will not be returning as working members of The Royal Family." 

The 95-year-old also wrote that "following conversations" with Harry and Meghan, she decided that it was "not possible" for the couple "to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service" in the US. 

“That was something that Queen Elizabeth absolutely said couldn’t happen, but I think Meghan and Harry are hoping that Charles, Harry's father, after all, will be more of a modernizer and will say to them, ‘okay, if you want to be part-time royals, that’s fine’," Quinn added. 

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.