Prince Harry Does Not Regret His Decision to Leave the UK
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were spotted in Miami recently, where the former even addressed the crowd and spoke of his late mother
A few weeks ago, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced that they were taking a step back from their royal duties. Their decision was met with a lot of criticism, while others lauded that the two had finally decided to live life on their terms. The Queen too later gave her blessings. Now, the Duke of Sussex is finally opening up about the decision he made that in turn, made headlines around the world. Prince Harry and Meghan were spotted in Miami recently, where the former was also asked to address the crowd. In their first joint public appearance since the announcement, Prince Harry shared details of his decision.
According to Page Six, a source close to Prince Harry said, “While it has been very difficult on him and Meghan, he does not regret their decision to step down as senior royals because he wants to protect his family. He does not want Meghan and their son Archie to go through what he did as a child.” The couple’s close friend Gayle King was reportedly the one to introduce Meghan to the crowd before the Duchess of Sussex said a few words about her love for her husband ahead of his speech. Reports also suggest that the couple stayed at Meghan’s good friend Serena Williams’ home in nearby Palm Beach.
At the event, Prince Harry also opened up on the impact his mother’s death – Princess Diana – had on him. The source added, “Harry spoke about mental health and how he has been in therapy for the past few years to try to overcome the trauma of losing his mother. He talked about how the events of his childhood affected him and that he has been talking to a mental health professional.” He even spoke about it during the couple’s trip to Africa on October 19 – adding that “it’s a wound that festers”. He had stated, “I think being part of this family — in this role, in this job — every single time I see a camera, every single time I hear a click, every single time I see a flash, it takes me straight back. In that respect, it’s the worst reminder of her life as opposed to the best. Being here now 22 years later trying to finish what she started will be incredibly emotional. But everything that I do reminds me of her. But as I said — with the role, with the job and sort of the pressures that come with that — I get reminded of the bad stuff.”
Prince Harry has also been very vocal about normalizing mental health struggles, especially in recent years — including his unprocessed grief after the loss of his mother. In a 2017 podcast, he shared, “I can safely say that losing my mom at the age of 12 and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years has had quite a serious effect on not only my personal life but also my work as well. My way of dealing with it was sticking my head in the sand, refusing to ever think about my mum because why would that help? After years of not thinking about it and being ‘a problem’ through my 20s, I experienced two years of ‘total chaos.’ But with the ‘huge support’ of my brother, Prince William when I was 28, I began seeking professional help and saw a therapist more than a couple of times. Because of the process that I’ve been through over the last 2½-3 years, I’ve now been able to take my work seriously, be able to take my private life seriously as well, and be able to put blood, sweat, and tears into the things that really make a difference.”
A few weeks after the announcement, Prince Harry had spoken about the couple’s decision to step back from royal duties. He had said, “It brings me great sadness that it has come to this. The decision that I have made for my wife and me to step back, is not one I made lightly. It was so many months of talks after so many years of challenges. And I know I haven’t always gotten it right, but as far as this goes, there really was no other option. What I want to make clear is we’re not walking away, and we certainly aren’t walking away from you. Our hope was to continue serving the Queen, the Commonwealth, and my military associations, but without public funding. Unfortunately, that wasn’t possible. I’ve accepted this, knowing that it doesn’t change who I am or how committed I am. But I hope that helps you understand what it had to come to, that I would step my family back from all I have ever known, to take a step forward into what I hope can be a more peaceful life.”
Meghan and Prince Harry are currently living in Vancouver Island in Canada with their son Archie. They are also planning to spend time in Meghan’s hometown, Los Angeles this summer. An insider close to the couple revealed, “They love being in Canada, but they are looking at houses in LA too. They’ll likely have houses in both places. They are enjoying living a quiet life. They go for long walks, they do yoga, and Meghan cooks. They are real homebodies who love to chill out with Archie and the dogs.” Now isn’t that what most of us want at the end of a tiring day!