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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are ready to show the world they are “done with their former lives” and set on focussing on severing all ties with the Royal Family, friends of the couple have claimed.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are set to make a spectacular comeback to Europe this week, with Harry first returning to England for the WellChild Awards before heading to Germany for the sixth edition of the Invictus Games.
Meghan will skip out on the UK visit but will join the Duke in Dusseldorf a few days after the start of the Games – an event she has rarely missed since the start of their relationship in 2016.
The event, effectively Harry’s “baby” as he founded and curated it since 2014, would also give the couple the chance for a much-needed “reset” in terms of relations with the public after their popularity collapsed because of repeated attacks on the royals.
On friend of the couple said they are now set on moving on from the initial phase of their post-royal master plan and stop discussing their links with the Royal Family.
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The insider told The Telegraph: “They are done with their former lives. They’re not talking about family.
“There’s no expectation that the family’s going to show up or acknowledge it or that anybody wants to see him. It’s over.”
But as the Games were created when Harry was still a major player within the royal institution, his visit to Germany will likely leave many wondering whether things could have been different – and a rift avoided altogether.
Another friend of the Duke suggested the event would show how a “hybrid” system could have worked in favour of both Harry and Meghan as well as the monarchy.
In their initial departure announcement in January 2020, the Duke and Duchess expressed their desire to continue working on behalf of the late Queen on a part-time basis.
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The suggestion was quickly shut down, and Harry and Meghan were told they would no longer be allowed to use their titles or their HRH style in an official capacity.
“Invictus is so important to him and is very much a part of his former life. It shows there could have been a world in which a hybrid model could have worked,” the friend said.
They added: “But it also shows that in his new world, and in his new life, he’s still capable of accomplishing the things that are so very important to him.”
According to another source, Harry is also “nervous” at the prospect of presenting himself in a new capacity during the Invictus Games.
The insider argued the Duke will be able to show he has moved on and is ready to claim a more prominent global role as an advocate and leader independently from his former royal role.
They said: “It will enable him to remind people who he is, but also show them who he plans to be.
“He’s nervous, because he’s an empath. It’s also a huge undertaking. He’s also so excited and enthused.”
The Games have long been an integral part of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s personal story.
The pair made their public debut at the Toronto games in 2017 – barely two months before they announced their engagement in London.
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