The real reason Prince Harry and Meghan Markle fear returning to the UK

Apr 11, 2024
The Sussexes' relationship with the UK and its citizens continues to be a subject of intense scrutiny and debate. Source: Getty Images.

Ever since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made the bold decision to step away from their royal duties and start a new life across the pond, the question of their return to the UK has lingered like a shadow over the British monarchy.

While security concerns have been the official explanation for their prolonged absence, recent commentary from journalist Lee Cohen suggests there might be more to the story.

Cohen, speaking exclusively to GBN America, has put forth a bold assertion regarding the real motivation behind the Sussexes’ extended absence from the UK.

Contrary to the narrative of security apprehensions, Cohen suggests that Meghan Markle’s presence is the true deterrent for Prince Harry’s return.

“Harry should make the trip without Meghan”, Cohen stated, referring to Harry’s upcoming UK visit to mark the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games.

Delving into the dynamics of the couple’s relationship with the British public, Cohen pointed to Meghan’s contentious history and the divisive impact it has had.

“Since stepping back from royal duties in 2020, Meghan has only returned to the UK on scant occasions, including Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral,” he explained.

“However, she did not attend the King’s Coronation in 2023. Harry attended alone and many Britons share the opinion with me that they would be thrilled to have seen the back of her after the insults to their country and beloved institutions.”

While the Sussexes have consistently cited security concerns as the rationale for their reluctance to visit Britain, Cohen challenges this narrative, suggesting that their true apprehension lies in facing potential backlash from the British public.

“The Sussexes use the issue of security. They use security as a convenient excuse, but I believe what they really fear is an ugly public reception,” he revealed.

“Were Mrs Markle to return, who could dispute that an ugly public reception would be well deserved?”

While the Sussexes’ hopes for a positive reception in the UK appear grim, recent reports indicate that Harry is focused on mending fences with the aim of returning to the harmonious dynamic he once shared with the Royal Family.

According to insiders speaking to The Mirror, Harry’s top priority upon touching down on British soil will be rekindling the bond with his father, King Charles.

“Harry’s priority when he comes to England is to see his dad. He is pretty focused on this,” the source revealed.

However, Harry appears determined to set aside any lingering animosity in favour of rebuilding bridges.

“It will be his first port of call when he comes off the plane, to try and spend as much time with King Charles so that they can build bridges and enjoy each other’s company like before,” the insider continued.

Acknowledging the potential awkwardness of the situation, Harry is reportedly prepared to set aside “pride and differences” for the greater good of family harmony.

Harry’s commitment to reconciliation extends beyond his relationship with his father. The Duke of Sussex is said to be making efforts to mend fences with his brother, Prince William, especially given Princess Catherine’s recent health challenges.

“He wants the family to get back to the way they were and is going to be making extra effort with his brother Wills too, as difficult as it may be,” the source added.

“Now, more than ever, with Kate’s cancer diagnosis too, Harry wants them to know he is there for them.”

As speculation continues to swirl around Harry and Meghan’s future relationship with the Royal Family, Cohen’s comments offer a provocative perspective on the underlying dynamics at play.

Whether security concerns or public reception truly lie at the heart of their reluctance, one thing remains clear: the Sussexes’ relationship with the UK and its citizens continues to be a subject of intense scrutiny and debate.



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