The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, has experienced a rough time living in the spotlight since becoming a member of the royal family. A close friend of Meghan said she can now take a deep breath and move on as she and Prince Harry decided to leave the family.
Both Prince Harry and Meghan have left their royal duties behind as well as the toxic atmosphere that seems to come with the turf.
It was kind of like dropping a bomb quite out of the blue when in January 2020 Prince Harry and Meghan announced their plans to step away from their royal duties.
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“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image © PA
Originally, it was unclear what they meant until the queen met with Prince Harry, Prince William, and Prince Charles to hammer out the agreement. Harry and Meghan would give up their HRH titles and all public funding and move to Canada with their son Archie.
Prince Harry and Meghan shared their thoughts with their followers on Instagram. After several months of reflection and internal discussions, they chose to make a transition this year and start carrying out a progressive new role for themselves in the institution.
They plan on stepping back as senior members of the royal family and work to form their own financial independence while continuing to give total support to Queen Elizabeth.
Paraphrasing, she said Harry, Meghan, and Archie will always be much-loved members of her family. She recognizes the challenges they have gone through as a result of intense scrutiny over the past two years. She also said she supports their wishes for an independent happy life.
It is her whole family’s hope that today’s agreement will allow them to start building a happy and peaceful new life.
It became obvious that life as a royal was not easy for Meghan as she constantly faced public and media criticism and scrutiny after she married Prince Harry.
During an emotional interview for the documentary “Harry & Meghan: An African Journey”, Meghan said she was not prepared for the level of harassment she was put through.
She added, that when she first met her now-husband, her friends were really happy for her because she was so happy but her British friends said even though he might be great, you shouldn’t do it because the British tabloids will destroy your life.
She said the entire situation was complicated and the biggest thing, she never thought it would be easy but did think it would be fair and that’s the hardest part to reconcile.
Another close friend told Daily Mail, Meghan shared some of the details of what she has experienced and felt she had to escape because living within the royal confines was sour crushing. Her friend also shared how Meghan can finally breathe now that she has officially left her royal duties.
She told her close circle of friends that her soul was being crushed and that she felt the decision to leave was a matter of life or death, meaning the death of her spirit.
She also believed she could not be the best mother to Archie if she could not be herself and felt she could not be in the royal family confines. Her friend also added that Meghan did not want Archie picking up on her stress and anxiety.
She believed the environment was toxic for him because of the enormous tension and pent-up frustrations.
No matter how you slice it, no one group of people, in this case, the British Tabloids, should ever decide how someone else should walk, talk, or how they should think.
I wish all three of them a fuller happier life when they move to Canada and believe Britain has lost a wonderful couple.