Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s ‘Overwhelming’ Royal Duties and ‘Relentless Schedule’ the Reasons for Megxit, Expert Claims

As experts continue to analyze the reasons Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex exited the royal family, one royal editor believes he’s pinpointed the moment that things became “overwhelming,” especially for Meghan.

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the Commonwealth Day Service 2020
Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex | Samir Hussein/WireImage

Prince Harry and Meghan rushed into royal life, expert claims

During the Pod Save the Queen podcast, royal experts reflected on some of the Sussexes’ top moments before they made their exit. In taking a walk down memory lane, Daily Mirror royal editor Russell Myers determined that Prince Harry and Meghan’s reason for exiting had a lot to do with the way their roles were so “overwhelming.”

Myers shared a memory of the Sussexes’ 2018 tour of Australia, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga, and New Zealand. “That was probably their proudest moment… it was a great tour, it was absolutely relentless,” he shared of the pace and schedule.

Podcast host Ann Gripper wondered, “Do you not look back at that tour now and think, actually maybe they were going at it a bit too fast?”

“We have talked a bit about, maybe they should have eased themselves into royal life at the beginning, maybe it wouldn’t have become so overwhelming,” she noted. “The way you’re talking about that tour now, it sounds intensely full-on.”

“It’s not a good way to be working,” Gripper added.

“Yeah, she was pregnant as well, remember,” Myers shared. “I couldn’t believe the fact that she was keeping up at such a pace, she looked amazing…. It was a relentless schedule.”

The editor continued, “And I get that it was their first tour, she wanted to hit the ground running… they were the hottest ticket in the world.”

Did they do too much as royals?

Myers believes that Prince Harry and Meghan may have taken on too much and could have followed Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge’s lead on pacing themselves a bit, given that it’s a “lifetime job.”

“I’m at a loss to explain it [Megxit], really, and why they found it [royal life] so hard,” Myers explained. “Maybe they did try to do too much. Maybe that is a lesson that they will take forward in their new life.”

He added, “But I think it is, honestly, to do with the constraints that they felt they were both under. Whether that will be any different in the private, corporate world, I’ve no doubt.”

Myers also touched on how Meghan had other projects that showed her in a positive light, noting, “Perhaps if she had done other projects like that, she may have found it a bit easier.”

“Only she will know, really, the straw that broke the camel’s back,” he noted, adding, “She said she wasn’t being supported within the family. But maybe they did try and do a bit too much.”

Should Meghan have followed Kate’s example?

The royal editor than pointed to the example that Prince William and Kate offered with Kate not stepping up with projects right away. “When Kate and William were first starting out — we’re only seeing Kate come to the fore in the last year or so, and she’s been a royal for nine years,” Myers noted.

He added, “It’s a lifetime job, and you have to take the advice that is there for you. And undoubtedly, they as a pair they never did that, and it’s been to their detriment, unfortunately.”