Harry and Meghan do not regret moving to the US, even though it entailed a historic shift away from the Royal Family, a source has claimed.
Right at the beginning of 2020 the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced their plans to step back as “senior” royals.
They said they would become financially independent and split their time between the UK and North America.
In the following year, Harry, Meghan and baby Archie found themselves a home in California and have remained in the US throughout the pandemic.
At the end of December they debuted their podcast Archewell Audio, which they made as part of a reported £30million deal with Spotify.
While the royal couple’s plans to stand on their own two feet appear to be going well, an emotional as well as physical gap remains between them and the rest of the Firm.
According to one royal insider, Harry and Meghan stick by their decision to branch out from the Royal Family.
“Despite everything that has been going on this year, they don’t regret their move to the US,” the source told.
“They love that they are able to focus on projects and causes that are important to them.”
Another source explained how big a move shedding the royal shackles had been for the couple.
“Meghan and Harry took a huge leap of faith to embark on their new life,” they said.
While the Duke and Duchess may be in a better place, their position in the Royal Family is not nailed on.
After the details were finally worked out last January, the couple were given a 12 month trial period to see how everything would go – which is due to expire soon.
However, The Mirror’s royal editor Russell Myers believes the couple may ask for an extension as their plans were delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Speaking on Lorraine, he explains: “They’ve made so many plans over the last year.
“They’ve been signing megadeals with Nexflix, with Spotify, they’ve been doing Instagram stories with Oprah Winfray.
“There is an awful lot in the pipeline for Meghan and Harry.
“But it’s going to be the end of their 12 month Mexgit deal, and there have been a lot of reports on whether Meghan and Harry will ask for a 12 month extension.
“We’ve all been in limbo this year, haven’t we, so they haven’t necessarily got their Archewell charity off the ground, it’s just started with the Spotify programme.
“So potentially, they’ll be going to the Queen for an extension.”
However, Russell explains that the upset caused by Meghan and Harry’s decision to quit their senior royals is still there, which could have an impact on what happens next.
The couple reportedly only gave Princes Charles and William 10 minutes warning of their statement, in which they said they planned to move to north America and become financially independent.
Russell explains: “But tensions are still running very high with the rest of the royal family so it remains to be seen whether they will allow them to sign the extension, have a little break or whether they will cut their losses and go on their merry way.”