What Would Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Hypothetical Move Stateside Mean For The Royal Family?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle might be looking to make a change. The duchess has seemingly had a difficult time acclimating to royal life. With the new baby in tow, rumors are swirling that the young couple is ready to leave the United Kingdom, choosing instead to make the United States their home base. While neither Prince Harry nor Meghan Markle have commented on the rumors, sources allege the couple is looking for a  home in Malibu. Could they actually move stateside, and what problems could it cause within the royal family?

Why would Prince Harry and Meghan Markle move?

Ever since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married, rumors have swirled that things aren’t going well. The prince and his duchess seem to be doing just fine as a married couple, but family tension and public disapproval appear to be weighing on them heavily. Rumors have swirled that there is a rift between Prince Harry and his older brother, Prince William. Allegedly that rift has something to do with Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during their meeting with President of Fiji Jioji Konrote
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex | Andrew Parsons – Pool/Getty Images

When the royal brothers decided to split their household, the rumors seemed solidified. It looks like a move stateside would put some much-needed distance between the two royal couples. Family tension isn’t the only thing that might be pushing the couple out of the United Kingdom. Public disapproval of the couple and their current lifestyle is high in the United Kingdom. By leaving it would allow the couple to get a little breathing room. It would also let them get away from the British press, with whom they have a strained relationship.

A move to Los Angeles would also allow Markle more support. Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland still resides in the area. Markle’s friends are also situated mostly in the United States. By being close to family and friends, Markle may have a better chance to acclimate to Royal life.

Is a move from the United Kingdom even possible?

Sure, the British royal family tends to work and reside within the United Kingdom, but there doesn’t seem to be any particular reason why the couple would need to stay in the United Kingdom to continue their duties. After all, Prince Harry and his bride have traveled heavily since their marriage, and continue to travel extensively with their baby in tow.

El Matador State Beach, Malibu, California
El Matador State Beach, Malibu, California. | Citizen of the Planet/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Logistically speaking, a move to California would not change all that much, but it would create difficulty for their work schedules. A great deal of what the royal family does daily occurs within the country’s boundaries. The couple’s staff is also located in the United Kingdom. Moving across the pond would great some logistical difficulty, but it’s not impossible.

Have other royal family members ever lived abroad?

While it would be an unorthodox decision, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wouldn’t be the first British royals to flee the country and take up residence in another.  Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie have both lived in the United States at one point. Princess Eugenie moved to the United States in 2013 to start her career; she has since returned home. She currently resides in Ivy Cottage, a property on the grounds of Kensington Palace, according to Forbes.

Lord Frederick Windsor, a cousin to the queen also lives in the United States. Working as a financial analyst in Los Angeles, the move seems to predate his marriage. Lord Frederick Windsor is married to Sophie Winkleman.

Prince Harry and the duchess, however, would be trailblazers in a sense. The couple would be the first working royals residing outside of the country. Lord Frederick, as well as Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie,  are not considered working royals. Working royals are those who carry out duties in the queen’s name. Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice, as well as Lord Frederick,  do not.

Frederick is far down in the line for the thrown. Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie’s numbers keep dropping two. Currently, the children of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson are number 9 and number 10. Lord Frederick Windsor is 49th in the line of succession.