Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Can Never Cut Ties With the Royal Family Completely, Expert Says

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex decided to step out of the spotlight and exit the royal family, but even though their duties officially ended in March, they can never break their royal ties. They’re embarking on the next chapter of their lives, but they can’t fully quit the past.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend The Endeavour Fund Awards
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle still have a royal connection

Their decision to take a step back from their senior royal positions started with an announcement and ended with an official exit from their duties on March 31. Though the couple parted ways with the high-profile jobs that kept them in the spotlight and subject to media scrutiny, they didn’t sever ties completely.

In an article for Town & Country, royal expert Victoria Murphy addressed the reason why Prince Harry and Meghan can never break their royal ties — it is, after all, Harry’s family. Despite the desire to live a more normal life, his family is still a “lifelong” connection.  

“Harry and Meghan have taken the royal family, the media, and the public into uncharted territory with their decision to walk away from royal life,” Murphy noted. “They have stepped back not in search of a totally private life (as some erroneously claim they wanted) but for a different kind of public life. A public life where they can have more control over who gets access to them and what they spend their time on.”

She added, “In their new endeavors, Harry and Meghan won’t be branding themselves as royal, but it is impossible to erase the ties that, in Harry’s case, are lifelong.”

“They retain some royal patronages, have a huge profile that exists because of the royal family and, most, significantly, the royal family is their family,” Murphy explained.

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Prince Harry and Meghan are reportedly putting in work on Archewell

They may have had to give up their HRH titles and public funding, as well as the Royal Sussex brand, but Prince Harry and Meghan are pushing forward on the next big thing in their future — their nonprofit Archewell.

They are reportedly pouring their efforts into the organization and have big plans for a project that can make a significant contribution to the world.

“Some people may find it unsettling to leave an institution with such clear structure and defined purpose to go it alone,” Murphy explained. “Others may question how successfully the Sussexes will be able to clearly shape a new and enduring identity. But, according to those familiar with their work, Harry and Meghan are in no doubt about what their purpose now is.”

The project has some big goals

Prince Harry and Meghan, the source shared, have high hopes for their nonprofit. “They are hands on, working nonstop on the development of Archewell — their new nonprofit organization — and it’s giving them a lot of energy,” a source shared with Murphy.

“They want to see positive and substantive change happen in this world, and they want to lift up the voices and platforms of dynamic and diverse leaders of all kinds who are already making that change a reality,” the insider added. “They want to focus on supporting and strengthening community. In a lot of ways, what people have been seeing is Archewell already in motion. And there’s a lot to come.”