Prince William reportedly wants Harry and Meghan sent on a multi-year assignment to Africa in a bid to keep the spotlight firmly fixed on his own family.
The explosive claims follow reports the duke and duchess are being pegged for a ‘bespoke’ role on the continent, and seemingly never ending rumours of a rift between the royal couples.
And while a far flung gig would tie in neatly with the Sussex’s attempts to peddle themselves as global ambassadors for the Commonwealth, it appears the real reason behind it could be more sinister.
“In some ways it would suit William to get his brother out of the country for a few years and Meghan as far away as possible,” a friend of the princes told The Sunday Times.
“They sent them down to Frogmore to try and keep them out of the limelight for a bit (but) this is doomed to fail. They are worried that Harry and Meghan are going to establish a totally separate enterprise that nobody can get under control.”
“There are discussions in palace circles about how do we harness Harry and Meghan and this tremendous global attention they get,” the friend added.
The proposed new role would see Harry and Meghan posted somewhere in Africa as early as 2020 – after they established deep ties to the region in recent years.
Among these are the gap year Harry spent in Lesotho in 2004, a World Vision trip Meghan took to Rwanda in 2016 and their five-night stay in Botswana where the couple say they first fell in love.
Buckingham Palace solidified the reports’ legitimacy when it refused to deny the rumours in a statement, instead revealing: “Any future plans for The Duke and Duchess are speculative at this stage. No decisions have been taken about future roles.”
The talk follows nearly a year of rumblings of a feud between the royal couples which has only been spurred on by the Sussex’s recent move to Windsor and an earlier choice to break away and separate their royal household from the Cambridges’.
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