Omid Scobie, co-author of new tell-all on the Sussex royals Finding Freedom, claimed Meghan and Harry are set to return to the UK once travel restrictions are lifted. Currently, American citizens are barred from travelling to the UK due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The former Duke and Duchess are now permanently living in Santa Barbara, California after leaving the Royal Family on March 31.
Mr Scobie said the former Sussex royals return to the UK will be to get back involved with their charity work.
He claimed Meghan and Harry would “love to get out there and be active in the field”.
Mr Scobie added: “Harry and Meghan have made it clear that their work in the UK, including their royal patronages, will continue.
“While their base will be in the US, I think once travel restrictions ease we will see them moving around again and undertaking trips to the UK, both privately and professionally.”
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Mr Scobie then said to Royal Central most of Meghan and Harry’s charities, “including all four of Meghan’s patronages”, are in the UK.
But despite the former Duke and Duchess’ desire to resume charity work, Mr Scobie said the return will not be for the Royal Family.
He added the couple are more “forward-focused” on their newer endeavours, like their non-profit organisation Archewell.
Mr Scobie then said: “The UK will always be important to them, but I don’t think we’ll ever see that happen again as working royals.”
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Meghan decided to keep her four patronages, including two given to her by The Queen, after she left the Royal Family.
The former Duchess still works with the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the Mayhew, the National Theatre in London and Smart Works
Royal reporter Victoria Murphy said in 2019 Meghan’s patronages are a “key part” of being in the Royal Family, as they can give a large boost to public exposure to charities.
She added: “It allows them to transform in many ways the fortune of these charities and organisations by lending the profile that they have as members of the royal family.
“The attention can hopefully encourage things like increasing donations to charities and awareness of the causes.”
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Harry has also continued his work with Senteable, a charity he helped found in 2006.
In January this year, he spoke at a dinner for the AIDS and HIV charity about his “sadness” about exiting the Royal Family.
He also reaffirmed his commitment to the charity, and said: “I will continue to be the same man who holds his country dear and dedicates his life to supporting the causes, charities and military communities that are so important to me.”
But the former Duke and Duchess left The Royal Foundation in June 2019 to start their own organisation.
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Mr Scobie, along with Carolyn Durand, published Finding Freedom to set the record straight about Meghan and Harry’s exit from the Royal Family, and has been interviewed regularly on the couples future since it was published.
But the former Sussex royals have distanced themselves from the tell-all.
In a statement, their representatives said: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were not interviewed and did not contribute to ‘Finding Freedom’.
“This book is based on the authors’ own experiences as members of the royal press corps and heir own independent reporting.”