Speculation has grown over the Duke and Duchess of Sussexes’ return to Britain since their exit from royal duties last year. As part of their deal with the Queen, Meghan and Harry agreed to have a 12-month review with the Palace which was expected to take place in March.
But a source told the Daily Mail, the Duchess is “unlikely” to return to the UK with her husband.
The insiders added how Prince Harry will almost certainly be making a trip to Britain alone to see his family for the first time since the Sussexes quit as senior royals.
However, they insisted that the plans have not been finalised and are dependent on the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
It is likely the couple’s baby son Archie will also not join Prince Harry on his UK return, according to the sources.
The insiders insisted that Meghan’s decision not to join her husband is not a “snub”.
They claimed the choice is for “personal and practical” reasons.
A source told the paper: “It should be strongly stressed that there is still an element of uncertainty about this because of the unpredictable Covid situation, but the understanding is the Duke is more than likely to come back on his own.
“This is a personal and practical decision by the couple, but it would certainly help officials navigate what is likely to be a fairly tricky situation.”
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The Sussexes’ last public appearance with the Royal Family took place last March at the Commonwealth Service in Westminster Abbey.
Royal commentators claimed Prince Harry and his brother Prince William barely acknowledged each other.
Harry and Meghan have since relocated to the US with their son Archie.
Another source claimed the Duke wants to return to the UK for his family’s “big birthdays”.
They said: “Harry wants to come back for The Queen and Prince Philip’s big birthdays. But it looks likely it will be just him.
“If Meghan comes back, the feeling is that it would overshadow the occasion.
“People would only be looking at the ‘drama’ of it all.
“Of course she would be welcome, but a decision not to come would postpone that headache for a while at least.”
Royals experts have made similar comments that Meghan’s return would likely pose as a “headache” for the Firm.
Royal commentator, Daniela Elser, wrote on news.com.au: “On a personal level, everyone from the Queen down would surely be thrilled to have Harry, Meghan and perhaps even Archie back, however, on a regal level, their re-entry into the rarefied royal ecosystem could pose a serious headache for the palace.”