Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are seeking a 12-month extension of their Megxit deal, according to The Sun.
The move would see them keep their royal patronages and head back to the UK in person to seal the deal.
The couple stepped back as senior royals back in January, but are now hoping that they can agree to a more permanent deal, allowing them to remain non-working royals while keeping their patronages.
The pair will be engaging in a video call with the senior royals before potentially heading back to the UK to have the meeting in person.
It is also said that they would like to return in time for the Queen’s 95th and Duke of Edinburgh’s 100th birthdays.
While these latest negotiations are quite serious, they are also said to be “less confrontational” than the negotiations held in January at Sandringham when the initial Megxit deal was formed. At the time, they were given a ‘grace’ period just in case they were willing to return. That expires on March 31.
The Sun reported that the couple’s huge $178 million Netflix and $53 million Spotify deals will be assessed to ensure that they are keeping “the values of Her Majesty”.
With the coronavirus pandemic putting huge restrictions on travel, royal biographer Andrew Morton has said that if they are allowed to return to Britain, they will attend both the Queen’s 95th birthday on April 21, the Duke Of Edinburgh’s 100th birthday in June – as well as the unveiling of a statue of Princess Diana on July 1 which would have been her 60th birthday.
“Although they will do some of it by Zoom, Harry wants to meet face-to-face to tie it all up,” Morton said. “Things seem to have calmed down.”
“Harry has been in contact with the Queen more often than you would think. But certain things you need to be there in person to sort.
“They will need a few weeks. That could be done after April, depending on COVID.”
Morton has also claimed that Harry regrets the way they announced they were stepping down as senior royals.
“If Harry had a real regret, it was how he handled the announcement of stepping back,” he said.
“He pushed the Queen and his father into a corner and it made the whole thing far more dramatic.
“There was a period when Harry was uncertain, but not any more. He is loving life in the sunshine, the pace of life and lack of formality. This is what he has dreamt of for a long time.”
There are other sources that claim the request to extend Megxit is “rubbish”.
“This review period was inserted in case Harry and Meghan wished to return as working royal, but they have made it clear they want to live an independent life.”
Another said: “Harry and Meg are happier than they have ever been. Why would they want to return?”
Meghan and Harry left the royals in January and moved to California where they have been living in a $19 million mansion.
They since have launched their good causes organisation Archewell.