Three Major Signs That Show Prince Harry, Meghan Markle Were Ready To Leave The Royal Family
In shocking news, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have announced to step away as senior members of the royal family. Were the signs already there? We find out more
If you woke up to the news of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepping away from the royal family, then we’re sure you were just as shocked as us. The Palace responded in a timely maker and it is evident the Queen is not happy. If reports are to be believed, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex did not consult any member of the royal family before releasing their statement and of course, it is having its repercussions.
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,” the statement read. The statement was concluded with, “Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.”
The Palace was quick to respond and said, “Discussions with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage," the statement read. "We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through."
While many lauded the move, others were left in shock and criticized their decision. Royal analysts and commentators however predicted that this move was coming as the couple seemingly prepared for their next chapter. And so we rounded up some of the signs that are proof they were moving towards their next chapter.
1. Their Long Trip to North America
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's trip to North Amercia
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have not yet specified which country they would move to within North America, however, Meghan Markle was born in the US but also lived in Canada during the shooting of Suits. It was back in November that the couple announced they were spending time with Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, over the holidays and hence; were absent from Christmas festivities at home. Sources told Vanity Fair there was a "possibility" the couple was staying in the US and that they could be extending their stay to search for a second home there. However, in December, the duo revealed they were spending "private family time" in Canada. Reports then spread that they were moving there. The Palace would not comment on the "speculation" at the time.
2. They Skipped Christmas With The Queen
You just don’t skip Christmas with the Queen! But Prince Harry and Meghan Markle broke royal protocol and decided to skip Christmas in Sandringham, England and instead chose to spend the holidays with the duchess’ mother. They noted that this decision was not the first of its kind, as Prince William and Kate Middleton spent Christmas with the Middleton’s back in 2012. While they also said they had the Queen’s support, their absence most certainly raised more than a few eyebrows.
3. Rumours of Tension Were In The Air
Rumours of tension between Prince Harry and Prince William and Meghan Markle and Kate Middeton started spreading in late 2018
We’ve heard more than a rumour or two about a rift in the royal household. Rumours of tension between Prince Harry and Prince William and Meghan Markle and Kate Middeton started spreading in late 2018. At one point, the Palace even addressed a certain argument allegation about the duchesses, stating it "never happened." Prince Harry also commented on the feud rumours during ITV's documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey.
"Inevitably stuff happens," he said. "But we're brothers, we'll always be brothers. We're certainly on different paths at the moment. I'll always be there for him and as I know, he'll always be there for me. We don't see each other as much as we used to because we're so busy but I love him dearly." He also said that "the majority of stuff is created out of nothing."
"As brothers, we have good days and we have bad days," he said.
With that being said, it is clear to see that they were signs hinting at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s departure from the royal family. What happens next is what we can just wait and see.