Rumors about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle shifting to the US are not new. However, after the intense media scrutiny the royals have been dealing with in the past few months, a new report has claimed that they will start their move to shift across the Atlantic by the end of the year.

A royal source has confirmed that Prince Harry and Markle will be taking some time off from the public eye by mid November, Express reported. By that time, their royal engagements will end, and they will get a chance to decide about their future.

It is not clear how long the royals plan to stay away from the public eye, but the insider revealed that they plan to divide their time between US and the UK. The couple will be taking at least six weeks off for some “family time,” but the move to divide their time between the two countries is being seen as preparation for a permanent shift to America.

Prince Harry and Markle will be spending Christmas with the Queen and the other members of the royal family at Sandringham,Norfolk. However, that may become an annual visit from US from next year if they shift there permanently.

Palace officials are reportedly talking about the shift openly. The only question now is when they will relocate. Markle has many friends in the US where she will feel welcome. The couple may also not face so much media scrutiny after the shift.

Talking about the media scrutiny Prince Harry and Markle have faced, American Viscountess Julie Montagu said in a discussion on “Good Morning America,” that there is no reason for the royal couple to stay in the UK after what they have faced recently. She pointed out that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex get a very positive coverage in the US media.

prince william kate middleton meghan markle prince harry Prince William, Kate Middleton, Markle and Prince Harry arrive to attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on Dec. 25, 2018 in King's Lynn, England. Getty Images/Stephen Pond