This 1 Family Member Might Have Influenced Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Exit More Than We Thought

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have only been living their new lives for a few days, but they already look to be much happier. The Duchess of Sussex was recently spotted walking her dogs on a Vancouver trail, and she was all smiles. Harry has finally rejoined the family in Vancouver, and they’re embarking on their next chapter.

Though Harry and Meghan’s departure is largely blamed on Meghan, there might have been one other person who had a bigger impact on the couple’s exit than we realized.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have left the royal family | Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP Photo/Pool

Harry and Meghan were unhappy with the publicity that followed royal life

From the moment Harry and Meghan wed, they struggled to find their place as a royal couple. The two were constantly being compared to Prince William and Kate Middleton, and it led to a lot of negative media attention for the two.

Meghan was often given poor labels by the press, who suggested she was a social climber, fake, and unfriendly. And the public listened to the media and started to form the same opinions. Meghan was slowly becoming swallowed up by the bad reputation that had been created for her, and Harry was affected by it, too.

Harry has always struggled in the spotlight

Ever since Harry was little, royal life hasn’t settled well with him. He never enjoyed being in the spotlight, and his difficulty in dealing with it led him on a bit of a downward spiral. Harry did a lot of partying when he was young, and he drank and smoked more than he probably should have. But being in the royal family meant he was always under scrutiny, and that, combined with his mother’s tragic death, took a toll on him.

His departure might also stem from his relationship with his father

Though Harry and Meghan weren’t happy with the media, Prince Charles might have also had something to do with Harry’s departure. When Harry was born, Charles was unhappy that his son wasn’t a girl, and he was only more disappointed when he learned Harry had red hair.

Charles’ royal duties were said to have outweighed his time spent with his sons. And his apparent distaste for Harry from the moment he was born probably didn’t make anything easier for the Duke of Sussex.

Princess Diana thought Charles was a bad father

Diana iterated during her life that she felt Charles was a bad father. There were reports that Charles was asked to spend more time in public with his sons to make it seem like he was a more hands-on dad. This lack of affection from Charles might have made Harry feel like he wouldn’t have been able to be a good father to Archie if he continued with royal life as it was.

Charles’ impact on his sons might have played a role in Harry deciding to leave the family. While Charles appears to be on good terms with his boys now, according to Page Six, one of Princess Diana’s close friends said she once described him as “a bad father, a selfish father.” Harry certainly wouldn’t want his own son or wife to think that way about him.