Although Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have struggled to cope with scrutiny from the press, one royal expert claimed Queen Elizabeth would never allow the couple to abandon their duties and the royal family.

Since the couple’s ITV documentary, there have been rumors suggesting the Duke and Duchess of Sussex want to give up their lives in the UK and move abroad, where they could have more privacy.

However, royal expert, Juliet Rieden told Nine News Australia that the couple’s desires to live out of the spotlight would not be accepted, because they play a “huge” role in the royal family.

“I think, certainly, the Royal Family won’t want that. Harry and Meghan are huge for them – they have been modernizing forces within the Royal Family,” she explained.

“They have been out there changing the face of the Royal Family and finding a whole new audience for the Royal Family that they hadn’t had before, a global audience, a female audience, a mixed-race audience.”

Due to the way Meghan and Prince Harry’s marriage has appealed to new fans, the royal family isn’t willing to let them go. “They’ve totally removed the boundaries for who is interested in the Royal Family. Them leaving the Royal Family would not be a good thing for the Royal Family.”

Rieden claimed that even if Meghan and Prince Harry were allowed to leave the royal family, they would never be able to have normal lives. “For Harry and Meghan, maybe it would help them a little bit, but they’re always going to be in the spotlight,” she said.

“They’re kind of stuck, and they are trying to find a way to make this work for them. One of the ways it might work for them is if they speak up when things are not going well, and that’s what this situation is about.”

Although Meghan and Prince Harry have stirred up tension within the royal family due to their disregard for traditions, the couple continues to put on a united front as they face opposition.

While it appears the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will continue to remain as a fixture in the royal family, it seems they will live their lives on their terms, rather than meeting the expectations of others.

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Prince Harry and Meghan visited a Cape Town rights group fighting gender violence. POOL / Courtney AFRICA