They’re currently self-isolating in a $18 million mansion in Beverly Hills but according to one royal commentator, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s exit from the royal family has been a ‘nightmare that has spiraled out of control’.
Jane Barr, who runs the From Berkshire to Buckingham blog claims Harry and Meghan had no interest in leaving the royal family.
Instead, she claims the Sussexes actually wanted to just change their place in the royal pecking order and run their own course in the family, however their plan didn’t pan out as they’d hoped.
“Meghan loved being royal. Royalty was an absolute jackpot. She never wanted to relinquish the ultimate A-lister status she had finally achieved,” Jane wrote.
“Meghan and Harry did not want out; they did not choose their current position. It has been a nightmare that has spiraled out of control for them.
“From the moment the BRF (British royal family) balked at their initial January statement, to the showdown at Sandringham where they had to make their choice, to the humiliation of losing permission to use their HRHs (a veritable stripping of their status), to the loss of their brand name/trademarks, to the current catastrophe of trying to launch a new (profitable venture) in the midst of a global pandemic, they have had a wretchedly rocky road.”
Back in January, Meghan and Harry shocked their fans when they released a statement detailing how they were stepping away from their roles as senior royals.
“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.”
Over the following days it was alleged that the Queen had no idea they were about to make the statement public and was left heartbroken at the Sussexs decision to break free from The Firm.
Crisis meetings were held at Buckingham Palace between Prince Harry, Prince William, Prince Charles and the Queen.
Eventually it was decided that the couple would no longer formally represent the Queen and they were required to withdraw from royal duties, including official military appointments.
The couple moved to Canada but just before coronavirus restrictions were imposed they upped sticks and decided to set up home in LA, with their one-year-old son, Archie.
Last month, it was claimed that Prince Harry is missing parts of his former life, especially the camaraderie that came with being part of the military.
Prince Harry was forced to relinquish his roles as Captain General Royal Marines, Honorary Air Commandant, RAF Honington and Commodore-in-Chief, Small Ships and Diving, Royal Naval Command.
According to The Telegraph, the 35-year-old is longing for the camaraderie of his days in the Army and thinks it may have helped him cope with all the changes that are occurring in his life.
“He has been telling friends he still can't believe this has happened. He can't believe his life has been turned upside down,” his friend said.
“He was in a happy place when he was serving in the Army, then he met Meghan and since then life has been great. But I don't think he foresaw things turning out quite as they did.”
Harry’s friend went on to say that Harry doesn’t blame Meghan for wanting to move back to her hometown of LA, but he feels that he “might have been better protected if he was still in the Army”.
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