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What could happen if Harry and Meghan decide to return to the royal family?


Harry and Meghan’s decision to abandon their royal duties and become financially independent could be up for review in just a year’s time.

Although Buckingham Palace has not commented on what this means for Meghan and Harry.

One instance is that the couple could opt to return to royal life after the transitional period. “Harry and Meghan’s decision to become independent seems very clear at the moment,” Richard Fitzwilliams, a royal commentator, told The Royal UK.

“Furthermore, no one can think of what might happen in the future with any certainty. The Queen released a statement affirming that they will not use their royal titles. They will also step down from royal duties but will remain members of the royal family. Their situation will be wisely reassessed after a year.” Presently, they are spending time in Canada along with their son, Archie. Note: Staff at their Frogmore Cottage base in the UK has been relocated.

The Royal UK spoke to royal experts if there’s any possibility that Harry and Markle could one day step back into their roles.

Also read: A complete list of royals who ditched their royal titles

Harry and Markle aren’t the first couple to try and step back from the royal family

Many years ago, another royal couple tried to make their own living while simultaneously serving the Queen. But unlike Markle and Harry — Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, gave up their projects for royal life in 2002.

According to Mail Online from 2002, the Queen paid Edward and Sophie $324,888 (£250,000) as compensation for loss of earnings. It was after they announced to step down from their companies and spend more time on royal duties. 

While it’s highly unlikely, but, the royal family could leave the door open for Harry and Meghan to return

When Prince Harry gave up his royal responsibilities, he also gave up his military titles. Fitzwilliams explains that these may be left vacant if Harry changes his mind before the review. “It may be Harry’s military links, which he will be sorry to forgo, especially that of Captain-General of the Royal Marines,” Fitzwilliams said. However, Fitzwilliams further added that “this would appear at the moment to be highly improbable.”

“I don’t believe it will happen. However, I do expect them to attend some of the big events, such as Beatrice’s wedding. Or a service of thanksgiving, perhaps even the Trooping the Colour, appearing on the balcony etc.”

However, the British press/Media wouldn’t be as forgiving

If the couple will change their minds, the family would undoubtedly welcome them back. But the media would show no mercy at all. The media would comment about tails between their legs. The royal family’s relationship with the press may have been a major deciding factors leading them to resign this year.

Not to forget, Markle launched a lawsuit against the Mail. The Mail published a letter she sent to her estranged father last year. However, no one can predict the future and Harry and Markle may one day decide to step back into their former roles. 

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Perhaps this would seem more probable if the Queen were to change the royal family’s media guidelines. Although this may seem unlikely (after all, the royal rota has been running successfully for more than 40 years) it’s not impossible.