KEY POINTS

  • Author Robert Jobson suggested that Meghan Markle won't return to the U.K. even for Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee
  • Jobson claimed Markle is not popular in the U.K. at the moment
  • He said some might view the Sussexes "doting on the queen" as "hypocritical" after their comments against the palace

Meghan Markle might not return to the U.K. anytime soon, according to a royal expert.

Royal commentator Robert Jobson, author of "Prince Philip’s Century: The Extraordinary Life of the Duke of Edinburgh," suggested that the Duchess of Sussex might not ever go back to Britain after she and Prince Harry stepped away from their senior royal duties last year and moved to California.

"I’m not sure Meghan will ever come to Britain again," Jobson told Us Weekly Tuesday. "She’s not popular [right] now."

Buckingham Palace confirmed in February that Markle and Prince Harry won't return as working royals. However, the duke has since gone on solo trips to the U.K. Prince Harry went back in April for Prince Philip's funeral and returned two months later for the unveiling of a statue honoring Princess Diana in London's Kensington Palace on what would have been her 60th birthday.

However, Jobson said he doesn't think Markle will return to the U.K. even for Queen Elizabeth II's upcoming Platinum Jubilee, which will celebrate seven decades of the 95-year-old monarch's service to the Commonwealth.

"We have to wait and see. … Harry, I’m sure he thinks he’ll be there for the [Platinum Jubilee]," the royal expert told the outlet. 

He added that some might view the couple "doting on the queen" as "hypocritical" following their public statements against the royal family.

"But you’ve got to remember that within months, [Prince Harry is] going to have a book coming out. … It’s gonna be quite awkward," the author continued.

For Jobson, the Platinum Jubilee should focus on the queen's "70 years of continued service of dedication and duty" rather than "whether Meghan’s happy or not, or whether Harry is looking the wrong way from his brother, [Prince William]."

"The queen deserves more than that," Jobson added.

In the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey in March, the couple claimed that a member of the royal family raised "concerns" and had "conversations" about how dark their son's skin color would be. They didn't name the royal, with Markle saying it would be "damaging" to them.

Following the airing of the interview, Prince William denied their claims, saying that the royal family is "very much not racist."

Buckingham Palace also issued a statement in response. "The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan. The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately," the palace said, calling Prince Harry, Markle and their son Archie "much-loved family members."

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle called for vaccine access to be treated as a human right during the Global Citizen Live festival in Central Park on September 25, 2021 in New York City Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle called for vaccine access to be treated as a human right during the Global Citizen Live festival in Central Park on September 25, 2021 in New York City Photo: AFP / Angela Weiss