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Family: Prince Charles Would Be Better Off Letting Harry and Meghan Be Part-Time Royals, Expert Says

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Looks like more royal engagement photo ops might be in Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's future than we thought. According to royal expert/author Tom Quinn, it might actually be "likely" that we'll see the Sussexes come back to working royal life on a part-time basis when Prince Charles becomes king.

According to royal expert and author Tom Quinn, Prince Charles is © RICHARD POHLE - Getty Images According to royal expert and author Tom Quinn, Prince Charles is "likely" to allow Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to be part-time royals when he's king.

"We’ve already heard Charles say he wants to streamline the royal family, [to] modernize it," Quinn told Us Weekly. "I think Meghan and Harry are hoping….Charles will be open to [them being] part-time royals, which is what they wanted from the start."

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It's true that Harry and Meghan wanted to keep doing royal work part-time when they initiated their royal exit back in January 2020. In their announcement of the decision, they wrote that they planned "to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to the Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages." The Queen ultimately shot down Harry and Meghan's proposed balancing act, eventually deciding that "in stepping away from the work of the Royal Family, it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service."

“Of course, the queen—who grew up with this sense that you’re either in fully or out fully—she wouldn’t allow [it]," Quinn said in his interview with Us Weekly. "But … Charles may well allow this."

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Quinn went on to say Charles might actually be "likely" to want to make nice with Harry and Meghan, even if it was just for appearances—and to point out that having the Sussexes working as part-time royals doesn't necessarily have a downside for the royal family.

"It would be better to say to Harry, ‘OK, we’ll do it the way you want to do it. You can be here for six months,'" Quinn added. "It’s not as if being a working member of the royal family involves anything politically sensitive or controversial, because really, when they’re full-time royals, they open hospitals. They, you know, give their names to charities. So that is possible that, that they could do that for half the year and, you know, do their other stuff in America."

Even for the royal engagement pictures alone, we're on board for this.

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