Meghan Markle & Prince Harry: outrageous plans to become part-time royals

The Duke and Duchess are planning on being part-timers

Meghan Markle & Prince Harry

by Katie Holloway |
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While Prince Harry and Meghan Markle took a huge step back from the royal family after leaving Britain for a new life in LA two years ago, it seems the couple can’t quite go cold turkey, with reports emerging last week that the pair have plans to take on a “part-time” role in the future.

On a podcast last week, royal author Tom Quinn said, “Meghan and Harry believe that when the elder royals die – in other words, Queen Elizabeth – they may well be able, when Charles is King, to come back and be the part-time royals that they really wanted to be. So, that means they would have six months [being] working royals and six months in the States or wherever, doing their own thing.”

He added, “I think Meghan and Harry are hoping that Charles, Harry’s father after all, will be more of a moderniser and will say to them, ‘OK, if you want to be part-time royals, that’s fine.’”

A royal insider tells heat this isn’t the first time the suggestion has been made.

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They’d expect police protection in the UK… ©Getty Images

“These rumours have been floating around for a while, but have gathered pace recently, especially after Meghan and Harry opted to renew their lease on Frogmore Cottage,” our insider says, after the couple decided to keep hold of the Windsor property before the lease ran out at the end of this month, making Harry eligible to deputise for the Queen, if necessary, as one of her four Counsellors of State. “The growing belief is that they want to keep one foot in the fold for when it suits them, and that someday in the future, they’ll be returning to England and royal life in one form or other, while also continuing to operate their business overseas in America.

“They want to be royals, but on their terms – including being based in America, getting full-time police security in the UK, and not doing as many day- to-day royal engagements, which may appear outrageous to some.”

When the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – who are parents to Archie, two, and nine-month- old Lilibet – initially made their “transition” from the royal family, they hinted at the desire to continue working for the Queen in some capacity.

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…and be able to choose when they work as official royals ©Getty Images

“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,” they said – but Her Majesty didn’t want that to happen.

However, it seems their hopes that they would be welcomed back with open arms aren’t hugely realistic. “It’s highly unlikely that Charles or William and Kate would approve something like this,” we’re told. “Palace staff find it hard to believe that Meghan and Harry would even dare to suggest this. It is incredibly audacious that they think they’ll be able to swan in and out of royal life on their own terms.” But for Harry, 37, and Meghan, 40, we’re told they want to find a way to continue supporting the charities and organisations they had connections with previously.


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“Meghan and Harry are sick and tired of this narrative that they’ve turned their backs on Britain for good. Yes, they had their share of traumas while living there together, but there’s still a desire to find a way of making things work at some stage.

“They still believe they have much to contribute to the country when the time is right. If it isn’t as serving royals, they will likely find a way to lend support to those charities and organisations they used to work with, while also continuing to champion their own good causes.”

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