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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Made 1 ‘Awful’ Move When Stepping Down as Senior Royals, According to Author

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry stepped down as senior royals in 2020 and said they were pursuing financial independence. However, a royal expert claims the couple also did one "awful" thing during that period of time.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry shocked the world last year when they decided to step down as senior royals. The couple, then, moved to North America and established new lives away from the rest of the royal family.

However, while Meghan and Harry was making this decision, they reportedly did something “awful,” according to a royal expert.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle holding hands as they attend a royal engagement in Johannesburg, South Africa
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Why did Meghan Markle and Prince Harry step down?

In January 2020, the Sussexes posted on their then-Instagram page that they would step down as senior royals. This decision came “after many months of reflection and internal discussions,” they said. 

“We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen,” they said.

According to the biography Finding Freedom by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, which received some contribution from Meghan, the Sussexes also stepped down because they were unhappy with their position in the hierarchy. The book stated that Meghan and Harry felt “overshadowed” by Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry made 1 ‘awful’ move while stepping down, author says


There were a lot of different dramas surrounding “Sussexit.” One of which was their decision to turn “Sussex Royal” (a name they used in their royal work) into a brand that could serve them financially. The couple even reportedly filed to trademark it. According to author Tom Quinn, the royal family saw this as an “awful” move.

“When Harry and Meghan went to Canada, there seemed to be an unholy scrap over what they could call themselves, what they could do,” Quinn said, according to Express. “They wanted to be Sussex Royal because again this is an American culture thing, coming in via Meghan. She, having crossed the Atlantic, began to think ‘we’ve got to be a brand’ that terrible word that the Royal Family would always think ‘oh my god they’re talking about brands, it’s awful’.”

Quinn added, “They wanted to be Sussex Royal, then they were told they couldn’t be Sussex Royal, they couldn’t use that and they couldn’t be HRH. This is the Royal Family again saying to them, because clearly Meghan and Harry hadn’t checked, ‘you can’t just keep carrying on with the titles you had when you were working members of the Royal Family.’”

The couple ended up no longer using the name “Sussex Royal.”

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry continue to use titles in the United States

Meghan and Harry are now private citizens living in the United States. The couple has even given interviews with members of the press and shared grievances against the royal family. However, they still use their titles on their many projects.

For example, when Meghan published the book The Bench back in June, she was credited as “Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex” on the cover. Additionally, statements released through their foundation, Archewell, often refer to them by their titles.

This has caused negative sentiments among some onlookers. For example, a palace source allegedly told the Daily Mail, “They should put the titles into abeyance, so they still exist, but are not used, like they agreed to do with their HRHs. They should just become Harry and Meghan. And if they refuse to do that, they have to explain why not.”