Harry and Meghan "want a 12-month extension to the Megixt contract, keeping their royal patronage beyond March 31" – and could return to the UK to personally seal it
- Couple seeking a 12-month extension of the contract they signed with Royals in January
- Resigned as high-ranking royals, making their own money but retaining their royal patronage
- Relations between the couple and the royals are said to have thawed in recent months
- I reportedly want to return to the UK to attend the Queen and Prince Philip's birthdays
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle want a 12-month extension to the Megxit contract, during which they will retain their royal patronage and return to the UK to personally seal the contract.
The couple, who stepped down as senior royals in January, are hoping for a more permanent contract to ensure they can continue to be non-working royals while maintaining their patronage.
The move comes as the couple has secured commercial appearances on Netflix and Spotify for the past several months – a factor that will be meticulously scrutinized by royal aides as their 12-month review date emerges.
As part of the negotiations, they will speak to high-ranking royals via video call before Prince Harry, who may also be attended by Ms. Meghan, returns to the UK to speak with aides and the family in person.
It has been claimed that the couple are planning to return in time for the Queen's 95th birthday and the Duke of Edinburgh's 100th birthday.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle want an extension of the Megxit agreement agreed in January so that they can retain their royal patronage
It is reported that Harry plans to return to the UK to discuss some details with high-ranking royals, and is also interested in attending the Queen and Prince Philip's birthdays
Recent discussions are said to be "less confrontational" than those held in Sandringham in January when the Megxit deal was forged, and to give them grace in case they want to return – which expires on March 31st.
The Sun reported on Sunday that the lucrative Netflix and Spotify deals worth £ 100 million for couples are being assessed to ensure they match "Her Majesty's Values".
Royal biographer Andrew Morton claimed that if coronavirus restrictions allow, they would be on April 21st for the Queen's 95th birthday, the Duke of Edinburgh's 100th birthday in June and the unveiling of a statue of Princess Diana on July 1st want to return to the UK What would have been your 60th birthday?
"Although they'll be doing part of it with Zoom, Harry wants to meet face-to-face to tie it all together," said Mr. Morton. “Things seem to have calmed down.
“Harry has been in contact with the Queen more times than you think. But there are certain things that you have to be there personally to sort.
'It will take you a couple of weeks. Depending on the Covid, this could happen after April. "
The move comes as the couple has secured commercial appearances on Netflix and Spotify over the past few months, which are being scrutinized by royal aides as their 12-month review date looms
Morton also claims that Harry regretted the way they announced they were stepping down – sharing the news on social media – but that he doesn't regret his general decision.
However, yesterday evening's sources labeled the latest Megxit expansion reports as "junk".
One said, "This review period was added in case Harry and Meghan wanted to return as the working queen, but they made it clear that they wanted to live independently."
Another said, “Harry and Meg are happier than ever. Why should they want to return? "
Harry, 36, negotiated a deal with his family at a Sandringham summit in January after he and 39-year-old Meghan said they wanted to make their own money.
The couple announced that they would be stepping down as senior royals on Instagram in January
They left in late March and moved to California, where they have since bought a mansion for £ 11 million and founded their organization Archewell.
As a result of the frosty Megxit deal, Harry was stripped of his military role, which is reportedly not due to be filled by a new person until the summer.
Following the royal departure, some people also called for the couple to be replaced as President and Vice President of the Queen's Commonwealth Trust, but in response the organization said they were "as dedicated as ever".
Harry is also believed to have quarreled with his brother William, with the couple not speaking for months after the deal was made.
But in recent months, relationships between the couple and the rest of the royal family are said to have been thawed, and Harry and Meghan have sent gifts to Prince William and his family.