Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will return to the UK to resume their charity work once lockdown travel restrictions ease, Omid Scobie has claimed.
The co-author of bombshell biography Finding Freedom, currently the best-selling book in the UK, said the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will undertake trips to Britain in both a private and professional capacity.
Speaking to Royal Central, Scobie said the couple ‘love to get out there and be active in the field’.
‘Harry and Meghan have made it clear that their work in the UK, including their royal patronages, will continue,’ he explained.
‘While their base will be in the US, I think once travel restrictions ease we will see them moving around again and undertaking trips to the UK, both privately and professionally.’
He added: ‘A lot of the work they already started, including all four of Meghan’s patronages, are right here on British soil.’
But despite Scobie pointing out the Queen has told the couple, who stepped down as senior members of the Firm in March, that the door ‘is open’, he said he doesn’t believe they’ll return to the UK as full-time working royals.
‘It’s safe to say that this is a couple who are very much forward-focused and are clearly in a good place,’ he told the publication.
‘The Sussexes are more engaged in the issues that matter to them than ever, the work on Archewell–their non-profit organisation–continues, and, as we have recently seen, they have established a permanent family base in California.
‘The UK will always be important to them, but I don’t think we’ll ever see that happen again as working royals.’
Last week it emerged that Meghan, 39, and Harry, 35, bought a sprawling nine-bedroom and 16-bathroom mansion in upscale Santa Barbara for $14.65million on June 18, making them neighbors with celebrities Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres, according to DailyMail.com.
Meghan offered a glimpse into their home during an interview with the 19th* co-founder and CEO Emily Ramshaw on Friday, while Harry gave fans a sneak peek during a video call with athletes participating in his Invictus Games competition.
Finding Freedom offers a window into Meghan and Harry’s lives during their time as senior royals, and is full of details on their shock exit from the royal family.
It addresses the alleged rift between brothers Harry and William, 38, as well as the relationship between their wives.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex claim they were not interviewed for the book, which provides a high level of personal detail and a dramatic account of the events leading up to their departure.
Scobie has given several high-profile interviews to publicise the book in the week since its release, including one with True Royalty TV which hit the headlines.
In the discussion with Kate Thornton he claimed Prince Harry had made an exasperated call to his grandmother, 94, following an alleged tussle with Her Majesty’s long-time dresser Angela Kelly.
‘Harry had to intervene,’ Scobie explained. ‘He called his grandmother and said, ”I don’t know what the hell is going on. This woman needs to make this work for my future wife”. And of course, we can kind of see now where this ‘what Meghan wants, Meghan gets’ narrative came from.
‘Harry felt that there were those within the institution that would stop at nothing at the very least to make Meghan’s life difficult.’
Scobie also alleges that Prince William has not spoken to his brother properly since he revealed his plan to quit the UK for North America.
In the TV interview to promote the book, Scobie claimed: ‘The brothers had not spoken since around the time of the Sandringham summit.
‘They hadn’t seen each other. That’s really going to take some time to heal. I think the distance between the brothers grew wider and wider. And that’s partly because of things that take place – and we discuss them in the book.’
Royal expert Katie Nicholl said the authors may be the ‘only winners’ from the publication of Finding Freedom.
Writing in Vanity Fair, she asked if the book was ‘worth it’ for Harry and Meghan, before adding: ‘The irony of Finding Freedom is that, locked down in their rented mansion in LA, the Sussexes have less freedom than they did when they lived in Windsor.’