Meghan Markle and Harry 'blindsided' Queen with exit says expert
Express.co.uk readers can vote in our poll on if the monarch should cancel the review altogether. The Duke of Sussex, who is living in the US with the Duchess of Sussex after they quit royal duties last March, is understood to have been hoping to travel to the UK for a face-to-face meeting with his grandmother.
But Harry will be unable to due to a ban on non-essential travel amid the latest national lockdown.
Royal sources told the Mirror he has “not yet attempted to contact” the Queen to arrange the meeting, but is expected to arrange an alternative in the coming weeks.
Meghan and Harry agreed to a 12-month review of their Megxit arrangements after they quit as senior working royals on March 31.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are understood to be seeking an extension to the period.
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Harry is thought to be keen to hang on to his military appointments.
As part of the Megxit deal, the Queen’s grandson and the ex-Suits star said they would “continue to uphold the values of Her Majesty”.
However, questions have been raised after chat show host Oprah Winfrey took to Instagram to promote instant oat milk lattes Meghan has invested in.
The Mirror cited sources as confirming courtiers are taking a “renewed in-depth look at the couple’s business deals”.
As they launch new careers outside of the Royal Family, the Sussexes have signed lucrative deals with Netflix and Spotify.
Royal author Penny Junor last month warned the couple are likely to face “bear traps everywhere” as they pursue their own commercial activity.
She highlighted how their Netflix deal had proved controversial following the latest series of The Crown and its portrayal of the royals.
Ms Junor said: “I think unhappily, it is very difficult to square up being a member of the royal family with commercial activity because there are bear traps everywhere.
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“I’m sure it never crossed Harry and Meghan’s minds about The Crown, possibly being negative or damaging when they got their wonderful contract from Netflix.
“But the problem is that they left those gold standard advisers when they left Buckingham Palace, when they turned their back on the help that they were getting.”
The royal expert also insisted interest in Meghan and Harry is down to their royal status.
Ms Junor said: “Inevitably, because of who they are, there will always be a market for them.
“It’s not even because they’re Harry and Meghan, it’s because they are HRHs.
“That adds a huge number of noughts to the end of any deal that they do.
“That’s not their fault. It just highlights how difficult it is to square up being a member of the royal family but earning a living outside it.”
Meghan and Harry announced bombshell plans to step back as senior royals last January.
They have swapped Frogmore Cottage in Windsor for a mansion in California, where they are living with their young son Archie.
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