Harry's 'touching' reason for moving back to UK with Meghan Markle

Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, leave at the end of the National Service of Thanksgiving for The Queen's reign at Saint Paul's Cathedral in London, as part of Queen Elizabeth II's platinum jubilee celebrations.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle might be considering a move back to the UK, as suggested by a former royal butler.

The couple, who famously stepped away from royal duties in 2020 to establish a more private life in California, have only made a few trips back to Britain since their departure. However, speculation is mounting that they could be eyeing a more permanent return.

Despite their limited visits, both Harry and Meghan were present for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations, which coincided with Lilibet's first birthday.

Last year saw Prince Harry attending King Charles' historic coronation at Westminster Abbey solo, as Meghan remained in the US due to the event clashing with Archie's fourth birthday. The Duke of Sussex made a swift return to their Montecito residence after briefly participating in the ceremony.

He then made two short dashes over to the UK this year - one in the wake of the announcement of King Charles' cancer diagnosis, and another last month for an Invictus Games event.

An ex-royal butler previously hinted that the Sussexes were contemplating a more lasting stay in the UK, with potential plans to purchase property, following their eviction from their Frogmore Cottage base on the Windsor Estate last summer.

Grant Harrold, a former butler to King Charles, told the New York Post: "I'd never say never, it's always possible that one day he might want to come home, it's possible that he might buy [a property] here if he wanted to come over [more] and Meghan didn't want to come over.

"Meghan doesn't really have any family here as such, all her family are in the States and that's where Harry has decided he wants to set up his home."

Grant, who spoke for Oddspedia, comprehends the difficulty Prince Harry may have in completely leaving behind his British roots: "He'll want to have that association with Britain just in case one day he does want to come back and I don't think Harry will want to sever ties."

However, Grant did acknowledge that Prince Harry seems "happy in the States" and noted that a return to the UK wouldn't be imminent, although he clarified it could be "very possible" in the future.

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