Meghan Markle Might Have Grown Bored With Royal Life
When Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex got engaged in November 2017, they seemed ready to embark on a new era with the British royal family. Though Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge had long-since been beloved, the Sussexes brought a new type of interest to the royal family.
Meghan was already fairly well-known from her acting work, her lifestyle blog, The Tig, and her activism. Since she is an American and a woman of color, people who had long-ignored the royal family as a white and archaic institution, were eager to see what the duchess would do in her new role.
Unfortunately, the Duchess of Sussex’s time in the royal family would prove to be shortlived. In January 2020, about six-months short of their two-year wedding anniversary, the Sussexes decided to resign from their royal roles for a more private and peaceful life. But what happened?
Meghan Markle was never accepted as a member of the British royal family
Though many of the senior royals like and admired Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, they put the monarchy above all else. Therefore, when she was being bullied and harassed in the press, no one spoke up for her publically except for Prince Harry.
“This is such a racist country,” Alibhai-Brown told Vanity Fair. “In America racism is not qualitatively better, but at least nobody denies that there’s racism. In some ways, it is more difficult for those of us people of color who live here, because it is insidious and hidden, and people don’t want to talk about it or accept it. Megxit was the only way their marriage would survive. I just thought, Well done. You’re taking the only step you can take in order to save yourself and your baby and find your own happiness…I think it’s a brave and bold and important decision.”
Perhaps if the royals were able to take a firm stand instead of soldiering on, things might have turned out differently.
Meghan Markle was shocked by royal life
Prince Harry has been candid about how challenging things had been for him and the duchess. “The decision that I have made for my wife and I to step back is not one I made lightly,” he said during a speech at a dinner for his charity, Sentebale. “It was so many months of talks after so many years of challenges. And I know I haven’t always got it right, but as far as this goes, there really was no other option.”
In fact, royal life was not at all what the duchess expected, especially since she gave up her career and life as she knew it.
“To say they were crushed is an understatement,” Omid Scobie, Bazaar.com’s royal editor. “[Megxit’s] a decision that the couple still feel wasn’t necessary, but also wasn’t a surprise, given the lack of support they received as they were relentlessly attacked by sections of the British press with almost daily mistruths and hateful commentary. They knew something had to change, but they also didn’t want to stop supporting the queen. One can’t help but wonder if things might have been different if a family member or two had stood up for them during the darkest times.”
Some people are convinced Meghan Markle grew bored of royal life
Everyone has an opinion about Megxit, including comedian David Spade. During an appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show, Spade quipped that the duchess found royal life too dull.
“I feel like she gets swept off her feet like the dream,” he said. “She goes over to England and she has this crazy wedding and she’s literally royalty but then it gets a little mundane and she’s like, ‘All right, let’s head back to LA. I think the fun part was over and now she sort of got a little bored.”