Prince Harry will not return to the UK to arrange an extension to his “Megxit deal”, due to coronavirus.
The Duke of Sussex planned to request a face-to-face meeting with the Queen after he and wife Meghan left their roles as senior working royals.
But a ban on non-essential travel in the latest lockdown means the couple will stay at their new home in America.
Royal sources confirmed the prince has “not yet attempted to contact” his grandmother to arrange a meeting, but was expected to arrange a solution in the coming weeks.
A 12-month review of Harry and Meghan’s agreement with the Palace is due on March 31.
The couple, who stunned the Queen by quitting their posts last January, are understood to have wanted to increase the time frame before a deal becomes permanent.
Harry is keen on retaining his military appointments and under the current arrangement, they still have royal patronages including Meghan’s of the National Theatre.
But senior advisers are understood to have been alarmed at the pace at which the Duke and Duchess have signed mega-money deals in the corporate world.
As part of their bid for “financial independence” from the taxpayer, they agreed to pay back more than £2.4million of public funds used to refurbish their Frogmore Cottage home on the Windsor estate.
But they also agreed to “continue to uphold the values of Her Majesty”, something recently called into question when US chat show host Oprah Winfrey advertised a vegan coffee on her personal Instagram page which Meghan has invested in.
Sources have confirmed courtiers are taking a “renewed in-depth look at the couple’s business deals” to see if they are in line with the Queen’s values.
Harry, 36, and 39-year-old Meghan live in the millionaires’ playground of Montecito, California.
The pair are in a legal battle with the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday publishers, Associated Newspapers.
She claims the Sunday title breached her privacy by printing extracts from a letter she wrote to her estranged father, Thomas Markle, before their wedding.
On Monday, her lawyers will argue for a summary judgment at the High Court, which would avoid a trial.
The case has already cost her in excess of £2million.
One insider said of the couple’s new path: “There is undoubtedly a sense of unease over the pace at which they have entered the corporate world and the way in which they have conducted themselves relating to their various legal disputes.”