In case you haven’t noticed, Meghan Markle does things her own way. She’s not going to walk down the steps of the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital after she gives birth and she’s not going to live in London. In fact, she might just live on a different continent a few months out of each year, and, of course, Prince Harry will be right by her side.
The juggernaut that is Harry and Meghan has introduced a whole new set of problems and challenges to the British royal family, and the recent revelation that the couple is in talks to move to South Africa for four months a year has completely stunned royal watchers says Page Six.
Hasn’t Africa suffered enough from colonialism? Whiff of Empire about parking in the continent a hereditary monarchy’s spare when his brother’s the heir https://t.co/foerT4j8x4
— Kevin Maguire (@Kevin_Maguire) April 22, 2019
Just weeks after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex moved out of the palace and into Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, the couple is discussing their future, and it doesn’t look like anything the royal family has seen before.
According to The Sun, South Africa and Botswana are at the top of a short list of possible countries that Harry and Meghan will move to and create a second home after their baby is born. The outlet reports that both Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles are on board with this plan, but there are still concerns about the costs of the move, as well as the cost of a massive security detail.
The Africa plan is still in the early stages, but it appears that it will happen in the next year or two.
“Harry and Meghan are very much engaged in these plans, although the move isn’t planned until next year or 2021. The idea is they will spend between three and four months every year based in an African country, where they would work and then use it as a base for travel,” says an insider.
Africa might not be the best place for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to blend in. pic.twitter.com/uInZ1EwRvy
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) April 23, 2019
Harry and Meghan’s role in their new country has not yet been determined, but they are looking at what the next year or two could possibly bring, and they are developing some long-term strategies. The source says that the couple has a vision of being ambassadors for the UK and representatives of the Commonwealth so they can focus on the causes most important to them.
Earlier this month, Buckingham Palace issued a statement on behalf of Harry and Meghan letting fans know that the couple has made the decision to keep the plans around the arrival of their baby private. This means that for the first time in 42 years, a royal baby won’t be paraded down the steps of the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital in front of what the New York Times has called “the most stared-at doors in the world.”
This decision has not set well with some fans and journalists.
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Just one week ago, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex asked that you kindly consider supporting various organisations around the world in lieu of sending gifts for the upcoming arrival of their first born. Not only did many of you lend your support, you took action. Their Royal Highnesses wanted you to know the impact of your support – the direct effect your donation, energy, and action made! YOU chose to be part of the collective good, and you have made a real difference. Whether a $5 donation, £1000 contribution, offering to volunteer, or spreading the word – you’ve played your part. And on behalf of The Duke and Duchess (and Baby Sussex), we thank you so much. YOUR IMPACT: @thelunchboxfund will now be able to provide a minimum of 100,000 additional hot nutritionally fortified meals to children in dire need across South Africa @littlevillagehq received donations from all over the world (from UAE to Hong Kong and the US), they’ve increased their monthly donors, had a surge in volunteer applications, and re-energized their hard working team of 200+ staff and volunteers @wellchild can now provide 300+ additional hours of specialist care by a Well Child Nurse for a child with serious health needs, allowing families to stay together at home vs in hospital @Baby2Baby have received over 5,000 products to disperse to children in need, including cribs, books, backpacks, diapers and have received monetary donations from around the globe – from Guadalajara to Italy. You made this happen. Thank you.
“You want privacy #harryandmeghan? Stop accepting public money and titles. Then you can have all the privacy you want. Simple as that. we fund the Monarchy. FACT. #megxit,” wrote a fan.
Meghan Markle is set to deliver her and Prince Harry’s first baby any day now.