The royal nightmare, in all likelihood, may play out for real. Meghan Markle is, reportedly, homesick, and she’s willing to give her royal duties a break. Sometime last week, an unofficial announcement was made— the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have serious plans to set up a residential base in the United States.

Speculations are that, if this move transpires into reality, the result would lead to Meghan leaving Prince Harry in the UK—for a brief period— as she settles with baby Archie in the states. Nobody’s quite sure if Prince Harry can shoulder all this, especially living apart from Archie at the moment, before the couple reunites back in the UK. So, would the plan put a strain on their relationship? Well, insiders believe so.

 “Harry has always said ‘what Meghan wants Meghan gets’ and so if she wants to spend more time in the US, especially with her mother, I’m sure he will go along with it,” Phil Dampier, author of “Royally Suited: Harry and Meghan In Their Own Words,” said.  “If Meghan decides she wants to spend more time back home then it would make things more difficult for Harry. He would be torn between his wife and his sense of duty to the Queen and the royal family,” he added.

As per what is known, the Duchess of Sussex is keen on shifting base and spending more time with mum Doria Ragland, while Prince Harry would continue to stay back in the U.K. rendering royal duties to The Queen.

 “The Queen would be very concerned if Harry seriously thought about jacking in royal duties altogether and I hope he doesn’t,” Dampier said.

The journalist hinted at how the arrangement would make Prince Harry receive the shorter end of the stick. The Duke of Sussex would love to be around his little son and wife, and this feels like a plan which would leave several members of the royal family devastated.

It has been added that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle along with their son Archie intend on paying a visit to the States sometime this month. Meghan and Harry are already planning to visit the States with their son this month for some downtime after a busy couple of months.

“The Sussexes are planning to spend six weeks together mainly in the States before Christmas, and this will be an opportunity for them to reflect on how they see their lives panning out in the next couple of years,” Dampier tells.

While earlier reports by popular dailies suggested that the U.S. move might seem like a risky move, the current surveys are tipping in favor of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. “Polls have shown there is still an immense amount of affection for this couple, despite the recent negative publicity, and so they could turn things around quite quickly if they just stop their war on the press and accept [that] sometimes they are going to be criticized,” Dampier said. “I’m afraid it goes with the job,” he added.

So, what could’ve led to the move? “There’s an acceptance that things haven’t worked out with the Sussexes full-time in Windsor so they could have a second base in America,” a royal insider told The Sun.

It has been divulged that the royal couple might most likely shift base to California, and are actively looking at ways to divide their time.  “They also really want Archie to experience an American upbringing as much as a British one,” Royal correspondent Katie Nicholl said. “After all, he is half American. But Harry will not renege on his charity work in the UK, so they will be figuring out how to make this work,” Nicholl added. Perhaps, their emotional struggles were for real as things got rolling as soon as the explosive documentary during their recent African tour made the rounds.

Furthermore, Meghan Markle’s wedding makeup artist, Daniel Martin, explained during an appearance on CBS' "This Morning" that he and the royals’ other friends had been aware of the pressure they’d been under amid constant scrutiny and criticism. “It’s been tough,” Martin said. “Watching this documentary, it’s been almost a relief seeing her at a point where she can be honest about what’s been happening. “All of us who have known, we just didn’t know what to do or how to help,” he added.

An official comment on Markle Meghan and Prince Harry’s plans for a U.S. move isn’t out as yet. But, Phil Dampier believes the news will certainly be perceived as a bolt from the blue to the Queen and royal members. “I think William and Kate would be devastated,” he said. “Kate would want her children to see Archie, their cousin, and it would be a dreadful shame if they didn’t grow up together,” he added.

prince william prince harry meghan markle kate middleton Pictured [L-R]: The Duke of Cambridge, Duke of Sussex, Duchess of Sussex and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Westminster Abbey to attend a service to mark the centenary of the Armistice on Nov. 11, 2018 in central London. Paul Grover/AFP/Getty Images