Is Meghan Markle Actually Enjoying Her New Life Away From the Royal Family?

As a royal, you probably spend a large amount of your life being unhappy. Yes, you’re rich, everything is paid for, and your job is basically to smile and look pretty, but in return, the public controls your life. You have to live under a microscope and can never do anything that breaks royal protocol.

The rigidity and scrutiny of royal life probably get to most royals, but the majority never do anything about it.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Prince Harry and Megan, Duchess of Sussex shocked the world when they announced that they wanted to step back from their positions as senior royals, and then ultimately left their roles as working royals altogether. But now that they are living as close to a civilian life as possible, are they happy?

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry leave the royal family

Though Prince Harry and Meghan originally just wanted to step back from their roles as senior royals, Queen Elizabeth II didn’t think that was possible and the two ended up losing their positions as working royals altogether.

Buckingham Palace released a statement surrounding the Duke and Duchess’ exit.

“With The Queen’s blessing, the Sussexes will continue to maintain their private patronages and associations,” the statement read. “While they can no longer formally represent The Queen, the Sussexes have made clear that everything they do will continue to uphold the values of Her Majesty.”

“The Sussexes will not use their HRH titles as they are no longer working members of the Royal Family.”

Why did Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave the royal family?

After a rough few years in the media, Prince Harry ultimately felt that he had no other way to protect his family than to remove them from the limelight.

“The decision that I have made for my wife and I to step back is not one I made lightly,” he said during a speech at the dinner for Sentebale in London. “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.”

Is Meghan Markle enjoying her new life?

Harry and Meghan lost a lot by removing themselves from royal life, including their HRH titles and Harry’s role as the youth ambassador for the commonwealth.

“This decision [to leave] had been weighing on them for a long time, and they are relieved to have it done,” a friend of the couple told People. “A weight has been lifted off their shoulders.”

Harry is reportedly the most torn up about leaving his military appointments after serving 10 years in the British army.

“The military was a part of his upbringing and his life,” a palace source told the outlet. “He brought a lot to those guys and understood things. It is sad.”

But overall, Meghan is much happier now than she has been in months.

“It was just this tremendous shift when Meghan returned to Canada [after their announcement],” a source told People. “You could tell that she felt so much less stressed.”