Meghan Markle and Prince Harry plan to do great philanthropic work after leaving the royal family


THEY are currently enjoying a quiet life in Canada following their decision to step back from royal duties.

However, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are poised to do “great philanthropic work” now Megxit is over, according to Elton John’s husband.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to do “great philanthropic” work, according to friend David Furnish

Last month, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced their decision to pursue a more private life and financial independence with their nine-month-old son Archie.

Now David Furnish, 57, who is a close friend of the couple, has given an insight into their next steps.

Speaking to PA News ahead of the 28th annual Elton John Aids Foundation Academy Awards viewing party in Los Angeles, the Canadian film maker said: “They’re just at an interesting juncture of their life right now.

“And I know how passionately they want to give back and they really feel that they have a platform and an awareness and an opportunity to really do great, great philanthropic work.”

The Canadian filmmaker and husband Elton John had the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to stay at their home in the South of France last summer

David – who shares two sons with Elton – added: “We have a lot in common with Harry and Meghan. Elton and Prince Harry launched our MenStar Coalition at the International Aids Conference in Amsterdam, we’ve raised money and given money to Sentebale, his HIV/Aids children’s charity work in Lesotho.

“And Meghan and he both share a great love of Africa and so much of the work we do is based in Africa.”

Since announcing on Instagram they were “stepping back” as senior members of the royal family, Meghan, 38, and Harry, 35, have continued to support various good causes.

They stayed with David and Elton, 72, in their 15m South of France home last summer.

Meghan has carried out charitable engagements since moving to Canada

They were criticised for taking four private jet flights in just 11 days, forcing the singer to defend their gas-guzzling 20,000 flight hired for “protection”.

It has been reported that the Duke and Duchess could sign a deal with Netflix.

They are also believed to have a nine-point plan for their own “empire” which could include “Oprah documentaries”.

David insisted they are “passionate” about giving back

The royal pal added that the couple also “share a great love” of Africa

And it is thought they may receive a book deal worth more than they Obamas’ 49m.

The couple are currently living with their only child in an 11m property in Vancouver Island where they are spending their days hiking, cooking and doing yoga, according to a friend.

In other royal news, we told you how Prince Andrew will give Princess Beatrice away as wedding is confirmed for May 29.

We also revealed how Prince William is “relieved” Meghan and Harry have moved to Canada.

And the Queen has two fittings for every outfit because comfort is key.