Prince Harry and Meghan Left Royal Life Because of ‘Jealousies,’ Royal Expert Suggests

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex have officially stepped down as senior royals and it’s been more than a month since we last saw them in public with Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. That last meeting was awkward and put the foursome’s fractured relationship on full display as William and the Sussexes only exchanged brief pleasantries while Kate did not even look Harry or Meghan’s way.

It’s no secret that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex wanted to get away from the royal spotlight because of how they were being treated by the press. However, many believe that a feud between the princes and their wives may have contributed to their exit as well. One royal expert has questioned if jealousy is what ultimately drove them away from royal life.

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Prince William, and Kate Middleton
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Prince William, and Kate Middleton | Phil Harris – WPA Pool/Getty Images

There was a rift between William and Harry

There has been so much written about the former Fab Four that no one knows what really went wrong between them, but we do know that the princes had some type of rift. Prince Harry addressed those reports during the documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey in October 2019.

“Inevitably stuff happens. But we’re brothers, we’ll always be brothers,” Harry said. “We’re certainly on different paths at the moment. I’ll always be there for him and as I know, he’ll always be there for me. We don’t see each other as much as we used to because we’re so busy but I love him dearly.”

He added, “The majority of stuff is created out of nothing. As brothers, we have good days and we have bad days.”

A few months later, Harry and Meghan announced that they were leaving royal life behind.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (R) and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the annual Remembrance Sunday memorial.
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Did ‘jealousies’ of Will and Kate or other royals drive the Sussexes away?

Royal watchers everywhere have speculated about what exactly drove the Sussexes out of the U.K. and away from Harry’s family, including royal expert Ingrid Seward.

While speaking to TalkRADIO host Mike Graham, Seward had a lot of questions about what the couple wanted to get away from because the media wasn’t going to just stop covering them.

“Everything they do will be monitored, they are certainly not going to get away from the press,” she stated.”What they are going to get away from is the royal family and this is a slightly grey area that is difficult to understand. What is it about the royal family that they are so very upset with?”

Seward then brought up “jealousy” and questioned if they had some built up against other royals and that could have been behind their motivation to leave.

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Prince William, and Kate Middleton
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Prince William, and Kate Middleton | Phil Harris – WPA Pool/Getty Images

“I wish I could ask them, I think this is what everybody wants to know,” Seward said. “What is it that has driven them out? What jealousies? It is still a grey area and it has been a very difficult time for them.”

Graham, however, opined that Meghan wanted out of the Firm is because she couldn’t call all the shots.

“One of the things I think we have learned about Meghan Markle is she doesn’t like being told what to do,” Graham remarked. “One of the reasons we are told that she left the royal family is because she wasn’t that comfortable about not being the top dog and not being able to pull everybody’s strings and get what she wanted.”

The duke and duchess officially stepped down from royal duties on March 31 and are now residing in Los Angeles.

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