Hear ye, hear ye: Buckingham Palace just broke its silence on the swirling rumors that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are moving to Africa.
If you’re all like “Whoa, back up! I’ve just started my second cup of coffee!” then here’s the update: British newspaper The Sunday Times broke a massive story over the weekend that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (set to give birth any day now) are contemplating a move to Africa that would further their work with the queen’s Commonwealth Trust over the next couple years.
The reports said Harry and Meghan’s plan to temporarily relocate first surfaced on Easter. The Sunday Times quoted a source as saying that courtiers had “drawn up plans” to send the royal “rock stars” abroad “for two to three years,” combining their jobs as Commonwealth ambassadors with charity work and a role promoting Britain. (And we can’t help but chuckle at picturing Meghan and Harry on a tour bus like the “royal rock stars” they are.) Because of differing reports, the Sussexes’ move is stated as spanning a few months to several years.
For example, according to a follow-up story from The Daily Mail, the move would reportedly take place in 2020 and would see the Sussexes in Africa for only “a few months.” Royal correspondent Rebecca English tweeted: “Harry & Meghan plan a secondment to Africa. Couple hope to spend ‘a few months’ working on the ground with their young family. Sources deny this is due to any rift, but part of their long terms plans.”