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 resume their roles as working royals in the future, a royal insider has claimed.
- The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped back as senior members of the Royal Family in January 2020 to pursue a more independent life in the US, before confirming that they would not be returning to serve the Crown in February 2021.
- In other royal news, Prince Harry's 'awkward and anxious' body language at US awards ceremony revealed by expert.
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.
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.
"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 is a news writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life. She covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health or lifestyle story. When she's not reporting on the British monarchy and A-list celebs, you can find her whipping up vegan treats and running the roads to cheesy '90s pop music...but not at the same time, obviously.
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