How Being Isolated From the Royal Family Has Changed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Relationship

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry’s lives have changed quite drastically over the course of 2020. They started out the year with their permanent residence being in the U.K. and as senior members of the royal family. They have since moved twice and stepped down from their jobs in the royal family.

On top of that, the two have been forced to self-isolate like the rest of the world during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. While life has changed for almost everyone, things have changed in Prince Harry and Meghan’s relationship as well.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex
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2020 brings major changes for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

The first and biggest change for the Sussexes was their departure from their positions as working royals.

“As agreed in this new arrangement, they understand that they are required to step back from Royal duties, including official military appointments,” Buckingham Palace’s official statement regarding the departure read.

“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.”

The two also ceased using their HRH titles but promised to “continue to uphold the values” of the queen.

After stepping down, the two returned to Canada where they had been spending time over the holidays. They enjoyed a quiet life there and tried to stay out of the spotlight. After leaving Canada, the family moved to LA, where they currently reside.

They have been living in one of Tyler Perry’s homes and are using his security team while they look for a permanent residence in LA.

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This afternoon, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on Commonwealth Day, alongside Her Majesty The Queen and Members of The Royal Family. The Commonwealth is a global network of 54 countries, working in collaboration towards shared economic, environmental, social and democratic goals, and the Service today seeks to highlight the vast community which spans every geographical region, religion and culture, embracing diversity amongst its population of 2.4 billion people, of which 60 percent are under 30 years old. As President and Vice-President of the @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been passionate advocates of the Commonwealth having spent many years working closely with the next generation of Commonwealth leaders. The theme of the Commonwealth for 2020 is ‘Delivering A Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming', placing emphasis on youth, the environment, trade, governance, and ICT (Information and Communications Technology) and innovation. From working to protect the earth's natural resources and preserving the planet for generations to come, to championing fair trade and empowering the youth of today to transform the communities of tomorrow, the Service celebrates the Commonwealth's continued commitment to delivering a peaceful, prosperous and more sustainable future for all. Photo © PA

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How isolation changed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s relationship

Things came screeching to a halt around the world during the coronavirus pandemic. Meghan and Harry, who were new to LA as the pandemic started closing down the United States, had to stay in their home. Meghan couldn’t even see her friends and family whom she had just moved closer to.

“It’s a bit ironic because one of the things that was making Meghan unhappy about living in the UK was that she felt isolated and she missed her friends,” a source told Express.

Outlets reported that Meghan felt alone in the royal family. But even in her new life in America, she was cut off from those around her.

“But now she’s back in the US, which is what she wanted, but is isolated and can’t see her friends.”

Meghan was, however, able to spend time with her mother Doria Ragland, on Mother’s Day.

Isolation also apparently has strengthened her and Harry’s bond.

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“Their relationship is stronger than ever,” the source said, mentioning how it’s been good for them to get away from all of their distractions and commitments.

Coming off of such a tense time moving out of the U.K. and walking away from everything Harry had ever known, isolation was the perfect chance for the couple to spend time with one another and focus on each other and their baby.