Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are in the ‘Thrive Chapter’ of Their Lives, Royal Author Says

After all of the drama surrounding Megxit and their time as senior working royals, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex are in a better place. The couple, who now live in California — the star-studded coastal enclave of Montecito to be exact — are in the “thrive chapter” of their lives, according to royal author Omid Scobie. 

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry stepped back from their senior royal roles for good in February 2021

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry under an umbrella as they head to The Endeavour Fund Awards ceremony
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Meghan and Harry confirmed they wouldn’t be returning to their royal roles in February 2021. More than a year earlier, in January 2020, they’d announced their intention to step back from the royal spotlight. In the following weeks, the details were worked out behind closed doors in what some dubbed the “Sandringham Summit.” 

What came out of those conversations? Meghan and Harry would have a one-year trial period ending in March 2021 when they’d re-evaluate the situation with Queen Elizabeth II. However, Buckingham Palace released a statement in February 2021 saying the couple confirmed to the queen that they wouldn’t be returning to their roles as working royals. 

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are ‘existing in a different’ and ‘much healthier’ place, according to ‘Finding Freedom’ author Omid Scobie

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle hold hands as they walk down a hallway
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Their exit from life as senior royals has been a learning experience for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. In an August 2021 interview with People, Omid Scobie, a royal reporter and co-author of Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family, shared that the couple’s learned to make mental health a priority and keep “some of the toxicity” at bay. 

“They seem to be existing in a different place, and that place is much healthier,” Scobie told the outlet in a cover story about the royal couple. “Meghan famously spoke about that it was not enough to survive — we are now in the thrive chapter.”

2021’s already been a big year for Meghan and Harry. They became parents of two when they welcomed daughter, Lilibet “Lili” Mountbatten-Windsor, in June. In the months leading up to Lili’s birth, they sat down for a bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey detailing the reasons behind their royal exit. 

Since then Meghan’s authored a children’s book inspired by Harry and their 2-year-old son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor and Harry’s long-awaited mental health docuseries with Oprah debuted on AppleTV+.

The ‘era of visibility’ is next for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle smile during a visit Croke Park in Ireland
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According to Scobie Meghan and Harry are now in “the era of visibility.” They’re “really excited” about their upcoming projects, including working on causes that are important to them and growing their in-person charity work through the Archewell Foundation. 

“They’re a couple who do very well in those moments of human interaction. They need to be on the ground,” Scobie said. “They say that the proof is in the pudding, and what we are about to see is that pudding.”

So stay tuned for more from Meghan and Harry.