Prince Harry and his wife, the Duchess of Sussex, have just moved from Nottingham Cottage in Kensington Palace to Frogmore Cottage, their new home near Windsor Castle. But according to a new article published this weekend, they could have another even bigger move on the horizon.
In today's issue of Sunday TimesTim Shipman and Roya Nikkhah report that "courtiers have developed plans to give the Duke and Duchess of Sussex major international work that could lead them abroad after the birth of their child".
According to one source, the job could bring the couple to Africa.
"The discussions are at an early stage, but the plan is to find a new way to use their soft power capabilities, most likely in Africa," the insider said.
A move would probably not take place until at least 2020, and the place where they would live is still uncertain. the Time indicates that a "decision on their place of residence would be unlikely to be made until 2020, by which time they will have settled with their new baby, which must arrive within a few days".
During his life, Harry spent time in several African countries. For example, here are excerpts from his 2015 visit to Kruger National Park in South Africa, where he can be heard about rhinoceros poaching with a park ranger.
Harry and Meghan traveled to Botswana together early in their relationship in 2017. This may also indicate a growing role in the Commonwealth for the Duke and Duchess. As it stands, Meghan is vice-president of Queen's Commonwealth Trust and Prince Harry, president of the group. He is also Commonwealth Youth Ambassador.
It is also undeniable that such a decision would provoke a conflict between Harry and his brother William.
This morning, Buckingham Palace issued a statement on the Time article, but did not deny the information that Harry and Meghan might be moving away from the UK in the years to come. "All future plans of the Duke and Duchess are speculative at this stage. No decision has been made on future roles, "the statement said, according to journalist Richard Palmer.
"The Duke will continue to fulfill his role as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador."
The news comes just as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are waiting for their first child together; The date of delivery of Meghan would be in a few days.
While Prince Harry attended services with several members of the royal family this morning at Easter, the Duchess stayed home, probably because she is about to give birth.