Meghan and Harry 'venturing into lion's den' with planned UK trip, royal expert claims

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are set to visit the UK next month for several charity events

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are “venturing into the lion’s den” with their planned trip to the UK, a royal expert has claimed.

Meghan and Harry announced earlier this week their plans to visit the UK in early September for several charity events.

The pair moved to the US in 2020, shortly after stepping down as senior royals.

Since then, they have both spoken about their time within the Royal Family, including during a wide-ranging interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
The pair are set to return to the UK next month
The pair are set to return to the UK next month

And royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams believes that the pair's "popularity has plunged in Britain" as a result.

Mr Fitzwilliams said: “What has happened during this period is that their ratings have dropped phenomenally.

"Their popularity has plunged in Britain.

"They know when they appear that they are at war with the press here, it's rather like venturing into the lion's den now because you've got the public who are not supportive and you've got the press who are ferociously against them — and then you've also got the royal family where there's a rift,” he told Newsweek.

Meghan and Harry’s visit will be the first time they have returned to the UK since the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June.

During their trip, the pair will travel to Manchester for the One Young World Summit on September 5, before heading to Germany for the Invictus Games Dusseldorf 2023 One Year to Go event, and then returning to the UK for the WellChild Awards on September 8.

It remains to be seen whether they will meet the Queen during the visit, while reports suggest that Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge have “no plans” to meet up with the Sussexes.