It was clear that Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex felt their exit from the royal family was necessary. The public and media scrutiny that accompanied their life in the spotlight had become overwhelming — so their decision to quit their royal duties didn’t come as much of a surprise. A new book claims that Meghan, in particular, “found the constraints of royalty frustrating” and “burned too many bridges” when she and Harry exited.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via Getty ImagesPrince Harry and Meghan decided to take a step back
After an extended break around the holidays in 2019, Prince Harry and Meghan returned to royal life with a surprising announcement — they planned to take a step back from their royal duties. Though the announcement seemed drastic, the queen worked with them to determine their exit plan, which included giving up their HRH titles and any public funding in order for them to pursue their next chapter.
At the time, the queen released a statement in support of the Sussex’s decision. “Following many months of conversations and more recent discussions, I am pleased that together we have found a constructive and supportive way forward for my grandson and his family,” the queen’s statement read.
“Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family. I recognise the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life,” her statement shared.
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The Duchess of Sussex will become Patron of four organisations that reflect the causes and issues with which she has long been associated including the arts, access to education, support for women and animal welfare. Her Majesty The Queen has passed on two patronages to The Duchess of Sussex –The National Theatre and The Association of Commonwealth Universities. The Queen has held the roles for 45 and 33 years respectively. Her Royal Highness will also take on Patronage of two additional charities as part of her official working portfolio – Smart Works and Mayhew. Visit the link in our bio to find out more. Phil Noble / Reuters
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