Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, will take a break from royal duties towards the end of the year, dividing their time between the US and the UK, a royal source has told CNN.
Confirmation of a break comes hours before an ITV documentary filmed during the couple’s recent South Africa tour is broadcast in the UK. In footage released before its broadcast, Harry described the idea of relocating to Africa as “amazing” but admitted it was unlikely.
“I don’t know where we could live in Africa at the moment,” Harry told reporter Tom Bradby in the short snippet of the documentary. “We’ve just come from Cape Town, that would be an amazing place for us to be able to base ourselves, of course it would.
“But with all the problems that are going on there I just don’t see how we would be able to really make as much difference as we want to without the issues and the judgment of how we would be with those surroundings,” he continued.
A royal source told CNN there were no firm plans yet and so could not confirm the length of time the couple would take away from the public eye.
The pair will take some “family time” off towards the end of the year, from around mid-November once they have completed their current run of engagements and commitments, the source said.
It’s likely they will divide their time between the US and the UK, the source added.