Prince Harry ‘making bid for UK return for royal event 6 months after Megxit’

Prince Harry could be gunning for a return home as soon as next year, according to a royal commentator.

The Duke of Sussex will want to be back in the UK for an event close to his heart, says ITV Royal Rota podcast host Lizzie Robinson.

Harry and wife Meghan Markle originally planned to split their time between the UK and Canada after sensationally quitting the royal family earlier this year.

But that freedom was quickly taken out of their hands by the coronavirus pandemic making international travel difficult if not impossible.

And the couple have moved, along with baby Archie, to Los Angeles to be nearer Meghan's showbiz friends and mum.

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Ms Robinson told listeners: "While Frogmore is laying empty at the moment, Harry said himself that they would have come over had it not been for Covid, and they would have been using it.

"Presumably he is coming over to Europe for next year's Invictus Games.

"They're still going ahead in the Hague in the Netherlands.

"You would expect to see him there, but I guess everything is still up in the air."

The Duke of Sussex had planned on returning home in time for the Rugby League World Cup.

Harry, who is the patron of the Rugby Football League, made the comments on a video call with players, coaches, and volunteers as the organisation celebrated its 125th anniversary.

At the end of August, he said to them: "We've got a whole Rugby League World Cup coming next year, so I definitely plan on coming back.

"I would have been back already had it not been for Covid."

The Sussexes are currently living in California, where they have spent the majority of the pandemic.

Originally the couple had returned to Canada after completing their final engagements as working royals.

However, before international travel restrictions were implemented, they moved to Meghan's home state in the US.

They had been staying in a Beverly Hills mansion loaned to them by celebrity Tyler Perry.

However, they have now bought a $14.65 million estate in the heart of Montecito, the seaside Santa Barbara County enclave that is famously home to a slew of Hollywood stars.

As agreed in their exit deal, Frogmore Cottage will continue to be the couple's UK residence.

They recently paid back the £2.4 million renovation cost of the property.

This had been promised in the Sandringham Agreement.

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