Did Prince Harry Lie About Why He Left Royal Life In Order to Protect Meghan Markle?

Prince Harry has proven that he will do whatever it takes to protect his family. And by family, we mean Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and baby Archie, not the rest of the Windsors. He and Meghan shocked the world when they announced that they wanted to step down from their senior royal titles. Unfortunately for the two of them, they ended up having to step away from being royal altogether.

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

Prince Harry recently admitted that he was the one who wanted to make the drastic change, but now people are wondering if he is just trying to take the fall for his wife.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle step down

Originally, Harry and Meghan announced that they simply wanted to step down from their senior titles, but would continue supporting Queen Elizabeth II and fulfilling many of their royal duties. But after Harry met with the Queen, Prince Charles, and Prince William to iron out the details of the new situation, it was decided that the two would completely step back from all royal duties.

“As agreed in this new arrangement, they understand that they are required to step back from royal duties, including official military appointments,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement. “They will no longer receive public funds for royal duties.”

“With The Queen’s blessing, the Sussexes will continue to maintain their private patronages and associations. 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.”

The two will also have to repay the Queen for some of their big purchases, like their recent renovations to Frogmore Cottage.

“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have shared their wish to repay Sovereign Grant expenditure for the refurbishment of Frogmore Cottage, which will remain their UK family home. Buckingham Palace does not comment on the details of security arrangements. There are well established independent processes to determine the need for publicly-funded security.”

Prince Harry takes the blame

During Harry’s speech at the dinner for Sentebale in London, he made it clear that he was the one who decided to make the change.

“The decision that I have made for my wife and I to step back is not one I made lightly,” he said. “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.”

Did Prince Harry lie to protect Meghan Markle?

Though Prince Harry claimed it was his decision, some news outlets have surmised that Meghan forced his hand. But now, royal experts are revealing that it was a joint decision.

“He said it was his decision to walk away and that really he had no choice,” royal expert Katie Nicholl told Entertainment Tonight. “This was a joint decision and I think Prince Harry’s been very magnanimous by taking it all on himself. I think he’s simply doing that to protect Meghan.”

“Over here, all of the headlines are dominated by one word: Megxit,” Nicholl continued. “The insinuation being that she is responsible for this move [and] pulling Prince Harry over to North America. It’s really not the case. I think Harry has been looking for a way out — a way for a new life — and Meghan has simply been the catalyst. But make no mistake — this was a joint decision. Harry didn’t make it on his own and Meghan didn’t force him into it.”