Prince Harry and Meghan Markle might be trying to "outstretch a hand" to the Royal Family by “softening” their public statements, a royal expert has suggested.

Author Robert Lacey says the decision to shy away from controversial topics may be an attempt to offer a “hand outstretched” to to avoid risking the relationship.

The Duchess of Sussex, 39, recently admitted she is being “cautious” with the issues she takes on for her family’s sake.

Many people thought this could be out of fear for the safety of her close relatives, Express.co.uk reports.

It comes after Prince Harry, 36, and Meghan were criticised for recent remarks over the US election being the "most important election of our lifetime”.

Meghan and Harry now live in the US

During the UK’s Black History Month in October, they also spoke about unconscious bias and structural racism.

But Mr Lacey said: "I have detected, from Meghan and Harry's side, some signs of softening.

"Meghan has recently said she is avoiding controversial topics for fear of putting her family at risk.

"She may be simply speaking about the ugly threat of violence that exists in America where she lives.

"But I think there is another dimension to that, that she realises the statements both she and Harry have put out there – about the US election, about racism in Britain – will be perceived as controversial.

Meghan has said she is shying away from controversial topics

"Meghan appears to have come to the conclusion that even if she tries to be neutral, her argument is going to be taken one way or the other.

"And perhaps she ought to row back from that and try to stay away from controversy.

"And I think that's a hand outstretched”.

Mr Lacey added: "They, to my mind, tried very hard to make those statements neutral.”

Meghan recently said being a mother “makes you so concerned for the world they're going to inherit”.

She added: “For you go every single day how can I make this better for him, how can I make this world better for Archie?

"And that is a shared belief between my husband and I.

“At the same time I am cautious of putting my family in a position of risk by certain things, and so I try to be rather very clear with what I say and to not make it controversial, but instead to talk about things that seem fairly straight forward – like exercising your right to vote.”

The couple announced their shocking split from the Firm earlier this year, in order to try and become financially independent.