Would Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Have Stayed if Queen Elizabeth Stepped in to Protect Them?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s shocking exit has cast a lot of uncertainty on the future for the royal family. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will cease being working members of the royal family at the end of March and will be spending the majority of their time in North America. Harry and Meghan have faced incredible scrutiny from the British press since they wed in May 2018, without a peep from the palace. Which begs the question, if Queen Elizabeth had stepped in, would Meghan and Harry have stayed?

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Meghan Markle under attack

Since Prince Harry went public with biracial actress, Meghan Markle, she has been under attack from the British media — particularly from Piers Morgan. But the palace has never once come to her defense, leading Harry to reveal that “there really was no other option” than for his family to seek out a more peaceful life across the pond.

Royal fans can only wonder if Queen Elizabeth missed an opportunity to protect and defend the Duchess of Sussex. After they announced their exit, Her Majesty said that she was “particularly proud of how Meghan has so quickly become one of the family.” But according to Vanity Fair, that was too little too late.

The bullying of his wife hit a little too close to home for Prince Harry, who had seen the same treatment happen to his beloved mother, Princess Diana.

“I’ve seen what happens when someone I love is commoditized to the point that they are no longer treated or seen as a real person,” he said in a statement announcing a lawsuit against The Mail on Sunday last year. “I lost my mother, and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces.”

Queen Elizabeth has not said a lot about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s exit besides a few public statements, in which she really just seems to be putting her foot down about certain specifics about their exit. While she may have missed an opportunity to protect Meghan and Harry, many royal watchers think all the drama makes the royal family seem a little more relatable.

Queen Elizabeth is the longest-reigning monarch in British history

Queen Elizabeth has been on the throne for the past 68 years, making her the longest-reigning monarch in the 1,047-year-old royal family. But with Her Majesty turning 94 years old this year, it is only a matter of time before Charles takes the throne.

Given the length of Queen Elizabeth’s reign, Charles has waited longer than anyone to sit on the throne. Although he is fully expected to be the next King of the United Kingdom, there has been a lot of talk about him abdicating in favor of William.

William is currently second in line to the throne and is one of the most popular members of the royal family. Charles, on the other hand, has suffered through quite a few scandals over the years, so letting William take over after Queen Elizabeth wouldn’t be a bad idea.

And with all the drama Prince Harry and Meghan’s exit has caused for the royals, they could definitely use a boost in popularity.

Is this the real reason why Prince Harry left the royal family?

Harry and Meghan have remained very quiet about their decision to leave the royal family. While fans continue to speculate why they left, royal expert Mike Graham has speculated that jealousy may have been the catalyst for their departure.

In a recent interview, Graham pointed out that moving to North America will not take Prince Harry and Meghan Markle out of the spotlight. This is especially true if they plan on making a living for themselves in New York City or Los Angeles.

For Graham, this raises questions about why the two decided to leave in the first place.

“What they are going to get away from is the Royal Family and this is a slightly grey area that is difficult to understand,” he explained. “What is it about the Royal Family that they are so very upset with? I wish I could ask them, I think this is what everybody wants to know. What is it that has driven them out? What jealousies?”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have not commented on the reports surrounding their shocking exit from the royal family.