The Biggest Clue That Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Definitely Won’t Rejoin the Royal Family

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex made a huge decision with their plan to exit the royal family, but will they ever return to their former duties? While some have speculated that they could find their way back to the royal life, there’s one big clue that they have cut ties entirely.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a reception at Government House on October 28, 2018 in Wellington, New Zealand
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage

Prince Harry and Meghan left their royal duties

The Sussexes made their bombshell announcement in January, revealing their plan to take a step back from their royal duties in an effort to escape the constant media scrutiny. Queen Elizabeth finalized the details of their exit, with Prince Harry and Meghan agreeing to give up their HRH titles and any public funding.

At the time, the queen issued a statement in support of their decision. “Following many months of conversations and more recent discussions, I am pleased that together we have found a constructive and supportive way forward for my grandson and his family,” the statement read. “Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family. I recognise the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life.”

The statement continued, “I want to thank them for all their dedicated work across this country, the Commonwealth and beyond, and am particularly proud of how Meghan has so quickly become one of the family. It is my whole family’s hope that today’s agreement allows them to start building a happy and peaceful new life.”

It seemed unlikely they would return

After the Sussexes made their way first to Canada and then to Los Angeles, many watched and wondered if a return to the royal family would be inevitable after they completed the queen’s one-year trial agreement.

Royal expert Marlene Koenig shared with Express that she believes the Sussexes won’t return, noting, “Absolutely not, not going to happen. They have made their decision and the queen has accepted it.”

“They will keep in touch with their charities and the system will be reviewed after a year,” Koenig added. “By that time I think they’ll be on a financial foothold for themselves, and they will have made more decisions on where they are going to live and what their new non-profit will be.”

Koenig was firm in her assessment of any potential return, sharing, “I think they’ve made their decision and I don’t think there’s any going back.”

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One clue indicates they won’t return

There is one small indication that Prince Harry and Meghan likely won’t return to the royal family — they’ve stopped using the queen’s lawyers, the London-based law firm Harbottle & Lewis.

This move comes as the couple filed documents for their new charity organization Archewell, which will be represented by the law firm Fieldfisher.

“It would appear to demonstrate that they have no intention of coming back,” a royal source told the Daily Mail. “The choice of lawyers is of great importance to the royal household and Gerrard [Tyrell, the firm’s senior partner] was a useful neutral link man between the Sussexes and the palace.”

Additionally, a source close to the couple shared that the Sussexes “wanted to instruct their own lawyers, not those also used by the royal family. They are on an independent path.”