According to a royal author speaking exclusively to GB News, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's return to the UK may not be impossible in the long term. Nevertheless, the Duke of Sussex believes he deserves an apology. In January 2020, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped down as working members of the Royal Family and now reside in California with their two children, four-year-old Prince Archie and two-year-old Princess Lilibet. They have only visited the UK for significant events such as the late Queen's Platinum Jubilee and funeral, with Harry returning alone for his father's Coronation in May. Royal commentator Gareth Russell, author of “The Palace,” shared his perspective on what could prompt the Sussexes to return permanently. Russell mentioned that a recent poll indicated that slightly over a third of people believed the Sussexes could still have a positive role within the monarchy. As a historian, Russell emphasized that history is unpredictable, and situations can change and evolve. While there is a significant portion of British public opinion that harbors varying degrees of hostility toward the Sussexes, it would be unwise to rule out the possibility of their circumstances changing.
“Some individuals display significant hostility towards the Sussexes, while others seem either disinterested or annoyed. It's not inconceivable that there could be steps taken towards improving their relationship in the future. However, as of now, there doesn't appear to be any initiative from the Sussexes' side indicating their desire for reconciliation.”
Russell clarified the Duke of Sussex's expectations from his immediate family to mend the divide.
The royal historian stated, “Prince Harry has expressed a clear belief that he deserves an apology from his family.”
His family has not explicitly stated this, but their actions strongly suggest that they do not believe he deserves an apology. This stance represents a clear and firm boundary. Consequently, I find it unlikely that the Sussexes will return in the next few years.
If the Sussexes were to return to their royal duties and public service, it would imply that their life in America did not meet their expectations, possibly indicating business failures. In such a scenario, they might not be negotiating from a position of strength.
Therefore, I do not anticipate any short-term developments that would lead to the Sussexes rejoining British public life. However, in the long term, it is not out of the realm of possibility.