Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have returned to the UK after spending their six-week royal sabbatical in Canada, but they may return to the country permanently at some point, journalist Tom Bradby revealed Wednesday.
Bradby, who interviewed Meghan and Harry for their poignant ITV documentary documentary, “Harry & Meghan: An African Journey,” in October, spoke candidly about the couple during an appearance on “Good Morning Britain” Wednesday.
“I think the truth is there is a lot going on, a lot going on within the royal family and, I don’t know, and I don’t think they know what their future is going to be and what their position is going to be,” Bradby, who is friendly with the couple, said.
“It’s no big secret in their friends that they have been considering their options in the future. I don’t ask what their plans are. They keep that pretty close to their chest and understandably so.”
He added, “I don’t think it’s a done deal, that would be my impression. I think there’s a lot of talking to be done; there are a million possibilities. They could go to Canada.”
Back in April, reports suggested that the couple was thinking of moving to Africa or Canada ― something Buckingham Palace didn’t deny when reached for comment by HuffPost at the time. Harry later shut down reports that the two would move to Africa during the documentary interview with Bradby in October.
During the documentary, the royal also acknowledged the rift with his brother, Prince William, saying the two have “good days and bad days.” Bradby again acknowledged the change in the brothers’ relationship on Wednesday.
“There are lots of people, who would love there to be ― including I think the brothers themselves ― love them to be closer again,” he said. “And with any luck that will happen. But with families, we all know stuff happens, things are said.”
“And also a family dispute within a family firm. You are working in a big family firm, everyone has their wishes and desires and ambitions, and they have to be balanced up and it’s very hard,” he added.
Bradby’s comments echo similar sentiments shared by royal filmmaker and the founder of True Royalty TV, Nick Bullen.
“These are two boys who lost their mother [the late Princess Diana] at a really early age, and the fairy tale is that they are closer than ever, and need each other,” he said.
Bullen added, “I think that’s probably true, but equally, they are two grown men in their 30s, starting their own families, different wives, they are moving to different parts of the country, different duties.”
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry left royal fans around the globe stunned Wednesday after announcing that they were stepping back from their roles as “senior” members of the royal family.
“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution,” the royals wrote on Instagram, in the caption of a photo from their engagement announcement in November 2016.
“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,” the Duke and Duchess of Sussex added, noting that they will now split their time between the UK and North America.
People on Twitter, naturally, lost it over the news and had all kinds of reactions to the “Meg-xit” on their hands.
“Good for Meghan and Harry opting out of the UK tabloids staggering racism and the lack of support from the royal family,” author Roxane Gay tweeted. “They will be fine.”
Most people were rooting for the couple’s decision — and for Meghan, of course:
American Divorcées: 2
House of Windsor: 0
— Scott Bixby (@scottbix) January 8, 2020
Excuse me did Meghan Markle just direct a gender-swapped Hallmark movie where the prince gives up his crown for love??
— Elizabeth Kidd (@libbuh) January 8, 2020
“You want Brexit? I’ll give you a fucking Brexit.” — Meghan Thee Markle
— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) January 8, 2020
This is my FAVORITE heist. The woman straight up stole a prince. Incredible. ✨
— Isaac Fitzgerald🤞🏻🖤 (@IsaacFitzgerald) January 8, 2020
And obviously, some people wondered how long it would take for them to adjust to “normal” life:
a sitcom where Meghan teaches Harry how to do workforce things such as using Turbotax & meal prepping & filling out a W-1, please
— Delia Cai (@delia_cai) January 8, 2020
Would be sweet if Harry decided to drive an Uber for a few months while he gets back on his feet
— Mike Hogan (@mike_hogan) January 8, 2020
how long till i see harry and meghan at the food coop
— Joumana Khatib (@joumana_khatib) January 8, 2020
List of possible career paths for Harry:
– Commercial airline pilot
— Avery Hartmans (@averyhartmans) January 8, 2020
A lot of people were wondering what was going on with the writing staff of “The Crown”:
Season 8 of the Crown is gonna be lit
— Jon Ward (@jonward11) January 8, 2020
And of course, there were allusions Prince Andrew’s recent decision to step back from his place in the royal family after his ties to sex offender Jeffrey Epstein came to light:
Harry and Meghan make history as first royals to resign NOT in disgrace.
— Janine Gibson (@janinegibson) January 8, 2020
It’s unclear what the future holds for the royals ― or when exactly they’ll make the official split ― but Harry alluded to his future work in an interview in October for an ITV documentary.
“The rest of our lives, our life’s work will be predominately focused on Africa, on conservation,” he said in “Harry & Meghan: An African Journey.”
“There are 19 Commonwealth countries across this continent so there’s a lot of things to be done, but there’s also huge potential,” Harry added.
Buckingham Palace reacted to the news that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were stepping down as senior members of the royal family with a statement of its own.
“Discussions with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage,” the palace said in a statement. “We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through.”
Just a few hours earlier, Harry and Meghan made the unprecedented announcement that the two would be stepping back from their positions as “senior” members of the royal family.
The duke and duchess also added that they will be splitting time between the UK and North America and will be working toward financial independence.
“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution,” the royals captioned a post on their Sussex Royal Instagram account. “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.”
The couple added that “This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity.”
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced Wednesday that they will be stepping back as senior royals.
“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution,” the royals said on their Sussex Royal Instagram account. “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.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex said they will also split time between the UK and North America.
“This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity,” the couple added in the statement.
“We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties,” the duke and duchess said, before signing off. “Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.”
The incredible announcement comes just a day after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex returned from a six-week royal sabbatical in Canada.
The Sunday Times first reported in April that Harry and Meghan were looking to relocate and were weighing Africa and Canada as potential options.
Buckingham Palace didn’t wholly deny the possibility of the move to HuffPost.
“Any future plans for The Duke and Duchess are speculative at this stage. No decisions have been taken about future roles,” the palace said in April. “The Duke will continue to fulfill his role as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador.”
The move to Canada would make sense for Meghan, who previously lived in Toronto for six years while filming her hit show “Suits.”
Prince Harry later shut down reports that they were considering a move to Africa during an interview for the ITV documentary “Harry & Meghan: An African Journey.”
“I don’t know where we could live in Africa at the moment,” Harry told journalist Tom Bradby. “We’ve just come from Cape Town; that would be an amazing place for us to be able to base ourselves, of course it would. But with all the problems that are going on there, I just don’t see how we would be able to really make as much difference as we want to without the issues and the judgment of how we would be with those surroundings.”
Harry added that “it’s a very hard place to live when you know what’s going on but then you’re sort of slightly disconnected from it.”
“So, the rest of our lives, our life’s work will be predominately focused on Africa, on conservation,” Harry said during the interview, which aired in October and gives an idea of what the royal couple will be up to in the future.
“There are 19 Commonwealth countries across this continent so there’s a lot of things to be done, there’s a lot of problems here, but there’s also huge potential,” he said.
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