It’s been one 12 months since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry introduced their royal exit.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stunned many world wide on Jan. 8, 2020, once they revealed that that they had determined to step down as senior members of the royal household. Now, a 12 months later, it seems as if it is unlikely they may ever return to their former royal roles.

“The general consensus is that this ‘divorce’ has worked,” royal knowledgeable Katie Nicholl tells ET. “Meghan and Harry left the royal family to become independent, to become financially independent. They’ve absolutely achieved that this year. They can now look back a year on and probably celebrate their decision.”

After asserting their cut up, Meghan, 39, and Harry, 36, formally stepped down in March, with many phrases put in place by Queen Elizabeth II concerning their royal transition.

“There really isn’t going to be a sort of formal sit-down in March. That was never the plan. Yes, there was always going to be a year probation, but this has been a year in the works,” Nicholl explains. “This is a year where Harry has communicated on a regular basis with his grandmother. The general feeling is that the couple are sticking to the terms of the agreement.”

“Everything that they are doing is very much in keeping with that tone of respect towards the establishment and the monarchy. So this idea that there’s going to be a big formal sit-down to discuss the future is really a fabrication, I think, of the press,” she notes, including that “discussion have been ongoing ever since they left the royal family.”

Harry, in the meantime, remains to be in shut contact together with his grandmother and the 2 speak frequently, Nicholl provides. However, she states that “the matter over Harry’s military titles is one of the few issues that remain outstanding, that does need to be tidied up.”

“In terms of their portfolio of patronages and charities, as far as the couple is concerned, they plan to continue working with those patronages and charities as they have been over the past year,” Nicholl explains. “So when issues arise, they will be dealt with.”

As far as how the longer term appears for the couple, it seems as if they’ve “put their roots down” in Los Angeles and will not be returning to their royal roles. The couple has carried out nicely for themselves after their “Megxit,” because of their multimillion-dollar cope with Netflix and numerous different enterprise ventures. They additionally purchased a $14 million Montecito mansion, paid for their very own safety and paid again British taxpayers for the renovations on Frogmore Cottage.

Most lately, Meghan and Harry additionally launched a Spotify podcast, which included an lovable cameo from their 1-year-old son, Archie.

“I think that the past year has shown that they have put their roots down in L.A., they are building a business model, America is their new home, and Netflix, Spotify, the deals that they have done are their financial future,” Nicholl shares. “The suggestion that they are going to go back to the royal family simply isn’t going to happen.”

As far as having any regrets for making such a dramatic and unprecedented transfer, Nicholl believes, “Harry has wanted a way out for quite a long time.”

“Don’t forget this is a prince who was born a spare, who has always had to play second fiddle to his brother [Prince William]. I think Megan was a catalyst for a new life for him. She really gave him the confidence to say, ‘OK, there is another way,'” she says. “I don’t think it’s any secret that for a long time when they were here in Britain they were not happy…So what might have seemed daunting, terrifying, even a year ago because this has, make no mistake, been a leap of faith, I think now it looks like a very exciting adventure for the couple. I don’t think there are any regrets…They are excited about this year, they’re very excited about this chapter in their lives, they are loving their new lives in L.A. and they are very happy.”

While the 2 might have moved on from life as royals, they do hope to return to see Harry’s household in 2021, “COVID permitting.” The royal household hopes to have the ability to collect in June for the Trooping the Colour celebrations. Prince Philip may even be celebrating a milestone birthday, turning 100, in June.

“[2021] will also mark the Duke of Edinburgh’s 100th birthday, which is set to be a very big celebration over here in the U.K.,” Nicholl shares. “I know that Harry, he’s very close to both of his grandparents, wouldn’t want to miss an occasion like that.”

“There is, of course, the unveiling of the [Princess] Diana statue in the summer, so Harry will absolutely want to be in the U.K. for that,” she provides. “So I think the plan is that he will be here, possibly here for an extended summer. But of course, all of these plans are subject to change because of the COVID-19 situation. No one knows whether they are actually going to be able to travel.”

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