Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could be moving to Africa for two or three years after the birth of their child.
According to The Sunday Times, couriers are drawing up plans that would give the Duke and Duchess of Sussex a major international role in the Commonwealth that will combine charity work with promoting Britain.
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Sir David Manning, the former British ambassador to the US, and Lord Geidt, the Queen's former private secretary, are said to be working on the "bespoke" role for the royal "rock stars".
"Discussions are at an early stage, but the plan is to find a new way of using their soft power abilities, most likely in Africa," a source said.
According to The Sunday Times, senior palace officials have been searching for a role for the prince as his brother, Prince William, prepares for his future as the eventual king.
"There are discussions in palace circles about how do we harness Harry and Meghan? How do you harness this phenomenon that has emerged? You make it productive," a second source said.
A spokesperson for the royal family said "any future plans for The Duke and Duchess are speculative at this stage. No decisions have been taken about future roles".
Last year Queen Elizabeth appointed Prince Harry as a youth ambassador for the Commonwealth, and the couple undertook their first official royal tour, which included a visit to New Zealand.