After Prince Harry and Meghan Markle admitted to struggling with the harsh scrutiny from the British tabloids, there have been reports that the couple has considered leaving the UK. However, there is reportedly one thing holding them back from relocating.

Unlike other members of the royal family, Meghan and Prince Harry have made a variety of decisions that have gone against royal traditions. Although they have received some praise for their rebellion, a majority of the public’s reaction has been negative.

In the couple’s ITV documentary, “Meghan & Harry: An African Journey,” the Duke of Sussex told journalist Tom Bradby that he would like to move his family to Cape Town, but doesn’t believe relocating would be possible.

“I don’t know where we could live in Africa at the moment, you know. We just came from Cape Town, that would be an amazing place for us to base ourselves, but with all the problems going on there, I just don’t see how we’d really be able to make as much of a difference as we want to without the issues, and the judgment of how we would be with those surroundings,” he explained. 

“It’s a very hard place to live when you know what’s going on, but then you’re slightly disconnected from it.”

Royal expert, Richard Fitzwilliam told that a move abroad would be a financial burden on the royal family. “In the ITV documentary, Harry appears to examine the prospect of having a base in Cape Town, and then discards the possibility,” he said.

“We know Africa has a special place in their hearts. They might use their positions as President and Vice-President of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust to spend more time abroad. They might conceivably choose the USA. Speculation continues about this.” 

Fitzwilliam noted that the couple’s son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, is also a major factor in the couple’s hesitation to move. 

“There would, however, be huge security costs, and what exactly would they do and where? Also, in time, there is the matter of Archie’s upbringing. There are no clear answers to these pivotal questions,” he said.

“They are deeply committed activists, and being senior royals is obviously the perfect springboard to promote the causes they believe in. In this, their celebrity friends are most helpful. But equally obviously they want to thrive, and not just survive and it is a royal goldfish bowl and always will be.”

For now, Prince Harry and Meghan have no plans to leave the UK with baby Archie and settle elsewhere.