Will Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Ever Return as Working Royals? Don’t Hold Your Breath

Will Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Ever Return as Working Royals? Don’t Hold Your Breath

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 09: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (L) and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive to attend the annual Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey on March 9, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

It’s been almost three years since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their royal exit in January 2020. In a statement on both their Instagram pages and website, Harry and Markle laid out their intentions to step down as senior members of the British royal family and to “work to become financially independent.” On March 31, 2020, their departure became official, and they agreed to a 12-month period of review that ended on March 31, 2021. However, as the couple neared the end, it became clear that they wouldn’t return to royal life.

While speaking with Entertainment Tonight, royal expert Katie Nicholl explained a return to the palace is highly unlikely because “the general consensus is that this ‘divorce’ has worked.” She added, “Meghan and Harry left the royal family to become independent, to become financially independent. They’ve absolutely achieved that this year. They can now look back a year on and probably celebrate their decision.”

Later, Markle and Prince Harry revealed details about the challenges they faced as part of the royal family that led to their decision to cut ties as working royals in a March 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey. This included the Palace’s unwillingness to protect her, Prince Harry, and their children from negative and often racist press coverage. “They were willing to lie to protect other members of the family,” she explained. “But they weren’t willing to tell the truth to protect me and my husband.”

The Sussexes have been thriving since stepping down as working royals. They moved to Santa Barbara, CA, and launched their Archewell Foundation. They also signed a huge multiyear deal with Netflix, where they will produce a variety of projects, including their docuseries “Harry & Meghan” and an upcoming documentary about the Invictus Games.

On top of that, they partnered with Spotify for a multiyear partnership with Archewell Audio, which resulted in Markle’s hit podcast, Archetypes. So, yeah, Harry and Markle are doing more than just OK as private citizens.