Meghan Markle and Prince Harry enjoyed a double date in Portugal shortly before returning home to Montecito, Calif., after the Invictus Games — and the two were apparently joined by Chris Evans and his wife, Alba Baptista, during their short romantic getaway.
Although the Sussexes and the newlyweds appeared to be new cronies, expert Hope Flynn speculated that the American-based royals' connections are bound to change. The Royal Observer previously reported Flynn thinks the duo wants to build authentic connections in the U.S.
"It can be hard enough and overwhelming for individuals to maintain friendships on a day-to-day basis, let alone when you meet someone new and now have to give time to them on top of other life commitments," Flynn added. "People have to prioritize and sometimes that means the friendship suffers."
"When we look at Harry and Meghan and layer this with becoming parents, moving country, stepping down from royal commitments, having the whole world watching and judging you whilst doing so, it is no wonder they have unfortunately had to let go of," Flynn added.
“It appears that Meghan and Harry are looking for a completely fresh start, and if this is by distancing themselves from former friends and circles then I’m sure this is a decision they’ve made based on what’s right for them," Flynn noted. "As Meghan and Harry’s lifestyle changes this is being reflected in their friendship group and they probably want to secure a tight-knit inner circle who they can confide in and trust."
Aside from the pair gaining new pals, they're both expected to pivot professionally due to their ongoing struggle to establish themselves in Tinseltown.
"Meghan wants to move on from being a Duchess and launch her own global brand. Harry though doesn't necessarily like the public's attention and would be much happier at home with the children, doing charity work, but that's definitely not what Meghan wants from life right now," Emily Andrews told an outlet.
"The Invictus Games was a chance to start afresh — with an emphasis that this charity was very much Harry's project. Her PR team with careful to brief that 'no-fuss' Meghan did all her own hair and makeup ... to appear relatable," Andrews explained.
"It's all part of a careful curation to remind us that while Meghan and Harry may be separating their brand, and even living somewhat separate lives, Meghan still has star power and she's not afraid to use it," she added.
Meghan and Harry's double date was reported by Page Six.