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Royal Family reportedly has contingency plan for Harry and Meghan if press intrusion proves too much

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The Royal Family are allegedly planning for a scenario that sees Harry and Meghan return to the UK to get away from paparazzi staking out their mansion on Vancouver Island.

In the Sunday Times, reporter Tim Shipman reveals that “Sources close to the Royal Household say Prince Charles and Prince William have been ‘reaching out’ to Harry and Meghan to say that if they wanted to return to the UK full-time they could do so without having to resume their official royal duties.”

The couple, who have been in British Columbia since before Christmas, have been photographed by long lens cameras since news of their wanting to step back as senior members of the Royal Family was announced.

Meghan, who returned to Canada after a brief return to the UK to visit Canada House and her patronages, was snapped walking with her eight-month-old son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, on a trail in the forest, leading the couple to issue a legal warning against paparazzi snapping their photos.

Both the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have also been snapped at the airport in Vancouver. Their legal warning, issued to UK publications, warned against publishing any paparazzi pictures. A full page photo of Meghan and Archie appeared on the front page of The Sun.

According to the Sunday Times, “Courtiers fear the pressure of media scrutiny on Vancouver Island, where the Sussexes are staying, will take a heavy toll on the couple.”

A royal source said that plans were being discussed in case Harry and Meghan “suddenly turn around and say: ‘Can we come back under your wing?’”

The source continued, “You could bring them back to Frogmore to look after them. They wouldn’t return to royal duties, but they could have a period of rehabilitation and recuperation.

“You see the way it has disintegrated over there in the last few days. What is happening is that they are being told that there is love and affection on standby.”

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Jess is the Senior Royal Reporter and Editorial Assistant at Royal Central. Her interest in royalty started in her teenage years, coinciding with The Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002 and grew from there. She specializes in the British Royal Family (with emphasis on the Cambridges) and the Danish Royal Family, and has provided royal commentary for media outlets in Canada, the United States, the UK and Australia.