Meghan Markle Might Not Ever Go Back to the UK, According to One Royal Expert

Seems a bit extreme.

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Royal experts are always contradicting one another—like when several of them (opens in new tab) speculated that the Cambridges and Sussexes (opens in new tab) were healing their rifts (opens in new tab), only for Omid Scobie to swoop in (opens in new tab) and call it all "wishful thinking."

Royal expert Katie Nicholl recently suggested that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (opens in new tab) might head back to the UK (opens in new tab) for Christmas in order to smooth over family relations, but royal commentator Robert Jobson is having none of it.

The author of Philip’s Century: The Extraordinary Life of the Duke of Edinburgh (opens in new tab) told Us Weekly (opens in new tab) he's not expecting a visit from the Duchess of Sussex to the UK, not now, not... ever? "I’m not sure Meghan will ever come to Britain again," Jobson said. "She’s not popular [right] now."

OK, maybe Markle isn't in a super-rush to hang out with people who make racist remarks (opens in new tab) and were rumored to "bully" her (opens in new tab), but it still seems a little far-fetched to claim that she will never again set foot in the country where her husband and children's relatives live.

If the Sussexes don't make it to the UK for Christmas, the Queen's Jubilee next year could provide another opportunity for them to build bridges—but Jobson isn't even convinced that Prince Harry will make it, let alone his wife. "We have to wait and see," he told Us Weekly. "Harry, I’m sure he thinks he’ll be there for the [Platinum Jubilee]. ... But you’ve got to remember that within months, he’s going to have a book coming out. … It’s gonna be quite awkward."

Key words: "we have to wait and see."

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