A FRESH START

AS THEY GET READY TO WEL­COME THEIR FIRST CHILD, THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF SUS­SEX ARE PLAN­NING TO TURN THEIR BACKS ON THE MONAR­CHY, SOURCES SAY

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Now that they’re ex­pect­ing a baby, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan are ready to leave the royal fam­ily — and the U.K. — be­hind for a life in Amer­ica, sources say.

From min­gling with lo­cals to fancy state din­ners, Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry ap­peared to be hav­ing the time of their lives as they car­ried out their 16-day royal tour of Aus­tralia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. “Ev­ery­one was so warm and wel­com­ing to them,” a source says of the par­ents-to-be, who re­port­edly snuck in a bit of pri­vate time, en­joy­ing a ro­man­tic night to­gether on a pri­vate Fi­jian is­land. “They both re­ally en­joyed them­selves.” But things are about to get a lot more hec­tic. “There has been talk that once the tour ends, Harry and Meghan will be mak­ing a his­toric an­nounce­ment that will rock the palace to its core. They’ll be re­veal­ing that they’re leav­ing the royal life be­hind,” an in­sider tells OK!, adding that there are whis­pers that Harry will be giv­ing up his ti­tle and his $150 mil­lion trust fund. “His pri­or­i­ties have shifted now that he has a baby on the way. Meghan and their chil­dren come first now. As much as he en­joys his royal du­ties, if get­ting out of the monar­chy is the best thing for his fam­ily, that’s what he’s go­ing to do.”

HEAD­ING ACROSS THE POND

Af­ter the an­nounce­ment is made, Harry, 34, and Meghan, 37 — whose lit­tle one will re­port­edly ar­rive this spring — will be mak­ing a big move. “There’s buzz that they are plan­ning to re­lo­cate to Amer­ica,” spills the in­sider. “Meghan grew up in Cal­i­for­nia and thinks it would be the per­fect place to raise a fam­ily. Harry would do any­thing for her, so he’s agreed.” But the cou­ple’s plan is sure to ruf­fle some royal feath­ers. “Harry knows that his grand­mother [Queen Elizabeth II] will be the most up­set when she finds out,” says the in­sider, point­ing out that his de­ci­sion is very sim­i­lar to the one made by the queen’s un­cle, King Ed­ward VIII, who fa­mously ab­di­cated the throne in 1936 to be with Amer­i­can so­cialite Wal­lis Simp­son. “That brought a lot of em­bar­rass­ment to the monar­chy. She likely doesn’t want her fam­ily to go through that again.” At­ten­tion is one of the very things Harry is run­ning away from. “Harry has ex­pe­ri­enced all the neg­a­tives that come with be­ing part of ‘The Firm,’” ex­plains the in­sider, re­fer­ring to the 1997 death of his mom, Princess Diana, who was killed in a car crash while be­ing chased by pa­parazzi. “His mother’s death still haunts him, and he’s vowed to never let Meghan or his child suf­fer the same fate as Diana,” adds the in­sider. “He’ll do any­thing to pro­tect his fam­ily – even if that means leav­ing the palace for good.” OK!

“From look­ing at his mother’s life, Harry knows the pres­sures that come with the royal spot­light,” says a source.

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