Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were “crushed” to be leaving their senior roles in the Royal Family, but the choice “wasn’t a surprise, given the lack of support they received,” according to reports.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced in early 2020 that they would be relinquishing their Royal Family positions before relocating from the United Kingdom to Montecito, California.
However, backlash quickly arose, with the couple making a series of shocking charges about the royal institution, first in an interview with Oprah Winfrey and then in their Netflix documentary last December. In his autobiography, Spare, Harry made additional assertions.
Journalist Omid Scobie revealed how tough it was for the Sussexes to leave their top jobs in the Royal Family in his latest co-written book, Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family.
He claimed they were “crushed” by having to leave but felt it was best for their family because they had been mistreated.
Scobie noted: “To say [Harry and Meghan] were crushed is an understatement. It’s a decision that the couple still feel wasn’t necessary, but also wasn’t a surprise, given the lack of support they received.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have previously claimed a lack of Royal Family support, most notably during their explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey in March 2021.
Meghan, according to the book’s co-author, was overtaken with emotion when she and Harry announced their decision to step down as senior working royals.
Meghan attended an Association of Commonwealth Scholars event shortly before their formal departure.
She reportedly said to Scobie in a seven-word statement, “It didn’t have to be this way.”
He wrote in an article for Harper’s Bazaar in March 2020: “The tears that the duchess had been bravely holding back [were] free to flow among familiar faces.
“The Duchess of Sussex emotionally [bid] much-loved aides farewell, with her flight ‘home’ to Canada leaving in a matter of hours.
“Meghan would fly back to Canada on the last commercial flight of the day, eager to be back in Vancouver Island by the morning before Archie wakes up.”
Meghan and Harry have moved to Montecito, California, with their two young children, Prince Archie, four, and Princess Lilibet, two.
The couple has apparently not met with the Royal Family in almost a year, since they were in the UK in September 2022 for Queen Elizabeth II’s burial.
Harry returned to the United Kingdom earlier this year to attend his father, King Charles III’s, Coronation.
But he cut a distant figure, watching the proceedings from the third row of Westminster Abbey before fleeing to Montecito. Archie’s fourth birthday coincided with the event.