Meghan and Harry ‘will stay in US for some time’ to avoid ‘painful’ return to UK

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will stay in the US for “some time” to avoid a “painful return” to the UK, an expert has claimed.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s relationship with the Royal Family was further complicated earlier this month after the broadcast of their interview with Oprah Winfrey.

In it, the couple made a series of explosive allegations against the firm.

This week, it was also announced that Harry had secured a couple of high profile jobs in the US.

LA-based branding expert Eric Schiffer believes the departed royals will avoid a return to the UK for the foreseeable future.

He told Entertainment Daily: “They’re going to be in America for some time.

“Going back to England at this point would be a painful pariah-like experience.”

Asked how the couple are perceived in the US, Mr Schiffer responded: “The average American will view them differently based on where they are from and their politics.

“If you’re talking about conservative Americans in the Mid West, many will view them as out-of-touch elites who are acting as modern-day prima donnas.

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“Those in Hollywood, the West Coast and the East Coast, however, will see them in a modern-day Princess Diana-like glow.”

The Daily Star has approached Harry and Meghan's spokesman for comment.

A recent poll suggested the couple’s popularity had nosedived in the US after the interview.

More than 1,400 Americans were surveyed about their views on Harry and Meghan.

The study by YouGov US and the Economist, conducted between March 13 and 17, found more than a quarter (26%) had a "very" or "somewhat unfavourable" opinion of Harry, compared to a third (33%) saying they now disliked Meghan.

More than half (54%) had a "very" or "somewhat favourable" opinion of Harry, while just under half (48%) felt the same about Meghan.

The figures give the duke and duchess net scores of 28 and 15, respectively – down 10 points since before the interview.

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Political leanings look to have played a major part in the study, with Meghan favoured more by Democrat voters (44%) than Republican supporters (10%).

Somewhat unsurprisingly, almost half ofDonald Trumpfans (45%) admitted they held a very unfavourable opinion of her following the former US president's bitter war of words with the duchess.

Despite their plummeting popularity, 61% said they supported the couple's decision to quit royal duties last year – just 11% said they were against it.

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