A member of the British aristocracy has revealed that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are "at appoint of no return" when it comes to the royal family.
Julie Montagu, also known as Viscountess Hinchingbrooke, married into the British aristocracy in 2005 and has been a member of the very extended royal family ever since.
The American-born Viscountess was a touchstone during Meghan's transition into the royal family, being one of the few other Americans to join the British upper class.
But now she has suggested that the Sussexes may never return to the royal family — and by extension, the UK — following their official exit in March.
"I don't think that they do want to come back," she said of the couple's recent move to Los Angeles in an interview with Us Weekly.
"I think that they're at a point of no return. I think they're like, 'This is where we're going to make home.'"
Harry and Meghan announced their plans to quit the monarchy in January of 2020, finalising their exit deal in the following months and officially leaving the royal family at the end of March.
Speaking of their decision to leave, Montagu suggested that life as royals constantly in the public eye had become "too much" for the couple.
"You kind of think, I'm not going to be King, so if I have a choice between happiness and duty, I think I'm going to choose happiness. And that's what they decided to do," she said.
After announcing their plans to split, Harry was quick to make clear that the decision to leave was a joined one, following instant backlash against Meghan for "causing Megxit".
During a speech at a Sentebale charity event, the Duke of Sussex said: "The decision that I have made for my wife and I to step back is not one I made lightly."
Harry and Meghan first moved to Canada following the split, before relocating to Los Angeles last month, where they seem to be settling down for the foreseeable future.
As for life in LA, the Viscountess is convinced Harry and Meghan will "love it".
"I don't know if there's necessarily going to be a culture shock because who doesn't love L.A.? They're going to have a lot more freedom," she said.
However, there have been concerns about the couple's privacy in the star-studded city.
With hundreds of paparazzi cameras ready to be aimed their way when lockdown ends, some royal experts have wondered how the notoriously private couple will handle all the attention.