Did Meghan Markle’s Unfair Media Treatment Lead to Her & Prince Harry Retiring?

By now, fans of the Royal Family have received the news that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are taking a huge step back from their royal duties. Less than two years after Markle officially joined the Royal Family by marrying Prince Harry, the royal couple has decided to forego their responsibilities as senior members of the Royal Family.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry of the Royal Family
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry | Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announce huge news

The Duke and Duchess announced their decision in a statement on January 8, 2019. The former actress and The Prince have opted to step down as senior members of the Royal Family. Citing reasoning such as launching their personal charitable endeavors and raising their son privately, they shared their difficult decision with the public. But, could the media’s unfair treatment of Markle be the real reason for this choice?

After the royal wedding, the media’s treatment of Markle got worse

Markle has been treated unfairly by the media ever since she and Prince Harry went public with their relationship. Things only escalated when she married Prince Harry and welcomed their young son, Archie, into the world. Critics slammed Markle for everything from holding her baby to taking maternity leave. Publications made up terrible lies about her and violated her privacy by publishing private letters that she sent to her family members. In many ways, the media’s treatment of Markle is eerily similar to the way they treated her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana. Of course, Markle also has to contend with an added dose of racism.

When Prince Harry announced that they were suing Daily Mail, he also revealed his deepest fear

Having lost his mother in a tragic accident that occurred, in large part because of the media’s carelessness, Prince Harry has openly expressed concern for his wife. When the couple revealed their plans to sue the Daily Mail back in October of 2019, the Duke of Sussex revealed that losing Markle due to the media’s callousness was his greatest fear. “Because my deepest fear is history repeating itself. I’ve seen what happens when someone I love is commoditised to the point that they are no longer treated or seen as a real person. I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces,” Prince Harry wrote in a statement posted to the Sussex website.

Announcing their resignation on Instagram

Prince Harry gave clear warnings that he would continue to prioritize his wife and his son’s well-being at all costs. This is why many fans of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were unsurprised that they are taking a step back from royal life. On Instagram, the powerful couple outlined their thought processed behind this choice. “After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. 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,” the statement began.

The royals will split their time between Canada, The USA, and The UK

“It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity, ” Markle and Prince Harry continued.

A new age for Markle and Prince Harry

Finally, the royals extended their thanks to their loyal supporters and promised to keep them informed about what’s next for them. “We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex,” the couple concluded.

Of course, even retirement can’t protect Markle from harsh criticism. The statement has already received thousands of hateful comments, a large majority of them directed at the duchess. “Thanks Meghan Markle for putting a black eye on the US. You married into his family. You knew exactly what you were getting into. Now you are turning your back on the monarchy. If your marriage lasts, I would be very surprised. Embarrassing,” one naysayer wrote on Instagram. With so much unjustifiable hate, it’s no wonder Prince Harry and Markle have chosen to step back from their roles as senior royals. We wish them all the best in their exciting (and hopefully more peaceful) new chapter.