Prince Charles’ plan to bring Prince Harry back to the monarchy, according to royal expert

Prince Harry could return to the UK 'with or without Meghan'

Prince Charles’ plan to bring Prince Harry back to the monarchy, according to royal expert
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Prince Charles has been vocal about his intent to 'trim down' the monarchy when he becomes king, but where do Prince Harry and Meghan Markle fit into his plans?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle dropped a bombshell when they quit as working royals in early 2020, perhaps not realising just how much of a media and family storm their decision would create. 

They have since carved out a new life for themselves and their children, Archie and Lilibet, in California after leaving the UK. 

The move impacted the already growing rift between Harry and his older brother Prince William, as well as the weakening relationship with his dad, Prince Charles. The Sussex's tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey, in which the pair claimed they were both trapped within 'The Firm', succeeded in seemingly quashing all hopes of Harry ever returning to the UK and his now estranged family. 

While at the moment it may look unlikely that Harry would ever come back to the UK, let alone work as a royal again, one man who knew a young Prince Harry has reignited hopes for a royal reunion. 

Speaking on an upcoming episode of the Mirror's Pod Save the Queen podcast, Ken Wharfe, a former police protection officer who worked with Harry and William when they were boys, said he didn't believe Harry would see out his days in California.

He revealed that he thought Harry could return to his homeland for a new role - possibly without Meghan.

When asked if the pair would ever come back to the UK, Wharfe, who has written a new book called Diana: Remembering the Princess, said, "Personally I do and I base that on gut reaction really. I just cannot see them forever more living in California.

"It's clear to me that Harry is not quite a fish out of sea - I mean he is getting involved in charitable work and he has these attachments to Netflix and other companies but quite where they'll end up we don't know.

"But I just think his involvement with his military charities - quite how he runs that on the other side of the Atlantic, I don't know. But I just have this feeling that he could well be back in a new role, with or without Meghan - I honestly don't know.

"I do think he will be back in some form as part of his father's plan for trimming down the monarchy because within the next decade that is going to happen." 

Prince Harry does not seem completely opposed to the idea of returning to the UK despite his public disagreements with members of his family and his legal battles with the Home Office over the provision of security protection for him and his children. 

Harry has visited the UK twice this year, once to see the Queen on his way to the Invictus Games in the Netherlands in April and the other for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June.

At the Invictus Games, in an interview with NBC's Today Show in America, he talked about where he saw himself living the future. He admitted that the US now feels like home to him but did not rule out a return to the UK in the future.

He explained, "Home for me now is, for the time being, it's in the States. And it really feels that way as well. We've been welcomed with open arms and we've got such a great community in Santa Barbara."

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Charlie Elizabeth Culverhouse is a news writer for Goodtoknow, specialising in family content. She began her freelance journalism career after graduating from Nottingham Trent University with an MA in Magazine Journalism, receiving an NCTJ diploma, and earning a First Class BA (Hons) in Journalism at the British and Irish Modern Music Institute. She has also worked with BBC Good Food and The Independent.