Meghan Markle and Prince Harry look to ‘make more public appearances in 2021’

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry could “make more appearances” in 2021 but move away from the type of royal work they have carried out previously, it has been reported.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are reportedly planning to do more work next year after the coronavirus crisis meant they could not do all the things they wanted to do in 2020.

Sources close to the couple have revealed they are “optimistic and excited” about 2021.

They also claimed Prince Harry’s relationship with his brother Prince William has become better recently and that the pair are “in regular contact”.

A source said their relationship is “much better than it was” and that the Sussexes have also “sent Christmas gifts to the Cambridge family”.

The source added: “I have no doubt they will be video calling each other over Christmas.”

Harry and Meghan will spend their first Christmas together in the United States this month after stepping down from their senior roles in the Royal Family and moving there earlier this year.

The Sussexes are said to be planning to do more work next year which will be “in line with who they are”.

A source said : “We will see more of them and in a different way to how we saw them as working royals.

“It will be more in line with who they are and the way they want to operate from now on.”

Harry and Meghan are also set to unveil their charity – the Archewell Foundation – with more details expected to be announced in the near future.

They recently hired a communications team as they prepare to launch the charity.

A friend said the couple “are very excited about what’s to come”.

They added: “There’s so much people didn’t expect them to be able to do, but they are seeing out the year in their new home with Archie with a very significant deal with Netflix under their belts.

“They actually feel excited about the potential and standing on their own two feet.”

It comes as Meghan Marklepraised the “quiet heroes” of the coronavirus pandemic in a surprise appearance on US TV.

The Duchess of Sussex celebrated those who have helped feed children and those in need during the Covid-19, praising the efforts people go to even in the “darkest of times”.

The powerful clip was broadcast on “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute”, an annual event by the US network that recognises the unsung efforts of everyday people.

The Duchess said: “In a year that has been universally challenging for everyone, I’m inspired by the stories of compassion in our communities.

“Across the country, people have put their own needs aside to come together and support the collective well-being of those around them.

“‘Back in March, the Covid-19 crisis hit hard, and overnight everything seemed to change.

“For many families, the impact of the pandemic has been catastrophic, and far too many were faced with the heartbreaking question. How am I going to put food on the table for my family?’

‘But in the face of this devastating reality, we also saw the power of the human spirit and the remarkable ways that communities respond in challenging times.

“We saw the good in people, in our neighbors and in entire communities coming together to say they would not stand by while our neighbors went hungry.”