Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Left to ‘Fend For Themselves’ After ‘Unnessearily Cruel’ Treatment Claims Royal Expert

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s exit from the royal family shocked fans around the world, and now one expert believes it could have been avoided altogether. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex recently said goodbye to their UK team as their departure will become official in a few weeks. With the couple set to start fresh in Canada, the expert claims they were left to “fend for themselves” after “unnecessarily cruel” treatment.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle experience a tearful goodbye

Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, recently completed their final set of royal engagements before their exit from the monarchy goes into effect on March 31. This includes several solo and joint appearances on behalf of the crown.

Once Prince Harry and Meghan’s exit is finalized, the couple will no longer use their royal titles and will be spending the majority of their time in North America.

They are fully expected to launch a new charitable foundation in the coming months and will be seeking financial independence from the monarchy – something that has yet to be ironed out. Following the couple’s last public event, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex endeared a tearful goodbye with members of their staff.

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This afternoon, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on Commonwealth Day, alongside Her Majesty The Queen and Members of The Royal Family. The Commonwealth is a global network of 54 countries, working in collaboration towards shared economic, environmental, social and democratic goals, and the Service today seeks to highlight the vast community which spans every geographical region, religion and culture, embracing diversity amongst its population of 2.4 billion people, of which 60 percent are under 30 years old. As President and Vice-President of the @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been passionate advocates of the Commonwealth having spent many years working closely with the next generation of Commonwealth leaders. The theme of the Commonwealth for 2020 is ‘Delivering A Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming', placing emphasis on youth, the environment, trade, governance, and ICT (Information and Communications Technology) and innovation. From working to protect the earth's natural resources and preserving the planet for generations to come, to championing fair trade and empowering the youth of today to transform the communities of tomorrow, the Service celebrates the Commonwealth's continued commitment to delivering a peaceful, prosperous and more sustainable future for all. Photo © PA

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According to Page Six, royal expert Omid Scobie, who has worked closely with the couple in the past, claims that Harry was heartbroken over having to forfeit his military titles, calling it a “wound that will take time to heal.”

What’s even worse is that Scobe claims that Megxit could have been avoided if the Sussexes would have gotten more support from the rest of the royals.

Did Harry and Meghan really want to stay in the royal family?

Many royal watchers thought that Prince Harry and Meghan’s exit was inevitable, especially given all of the drama they endured the past two years. But Scobe says that the pair thought that leaving the royal family “wasn’t necessary.”

Instead, Harry and Meghan felt like they were forced into the decision because nobody else in his family stood up for them in the media.

“[They were] left to fend for themselves against impossible circumstances — even during her pregnancy,” he shared. “One can’t help but wonder if things might have been different if a family member or two had stood up for them during the darkest times.”

Scobe was with Prince Harry and Meghan during their final tour of the UK. This includes their appearance at the Mountbatten Festival of Music, where Harry wore his Royal Marines uniform for what might be the last time.

The expert noted that Harry and Meghan were very proud of their roles within the royal family and that forcing them to give up their positions was “unnecessarily cruel.” 

What’s ahead for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle?

Harry and Meghan have not revealed much about their future plans, but Scobe offered a glimpse at what’s ahead for the Sussexes.

Despite an emotional goodbye, Scobe revealed that Prince Harry and Meghan are really looking forward to what the future holds. In particular, the couple likes the idea of working at their own pace and not being “weighed down by protocols.”

“And while much has been (incorrectly) speculated about specific commercial endeavors they might be taking on, both Harry and Meghan are eager to get stuck into their work, which will still revolve around their humanitarian efforts and helping amplify the voices of young people around the world on a wide gamut of issues,” he added.

Scobe also noted that Harry and Meghan’s priorities have not changed in light of Megxit. The couple remains determined to keep their family safe and are committed to their various charitable endeavors.

Harry and Meghan have not commented on the latest rumors surrounding their exit. Meghan has already returned to Canada to reunite with her son, Archie Harrison. Harry is expected to follow her shortly.

Harry and Meghan share new Instagram photo

While we wait to see what Harry and Meghan do next, the pair recently shared a new photo on Instagram that might be the least official-looking image on their page.

Before saying goodbye to the royals, Harry and Meghan visited with leaders of Queen Elizabeth’s Commonwealth Trust in secret. The photo they shared of the meeting features the couple looking very relaxed – with Prince Harry resting his feet on a couch and Meghan laughing.

It is unclear when the photo was taken, but it is one of the last meetings the couple scheduled before their exit becomes official.

Harry and Meghan’s final joint appearance was at the Commonwealth Day service on Monday afternoon. The Sussexes joined other high ranking members of the royal family, including Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, Camilla Parker Bowles, Prince William, and Kate Middleton.

Outside of a quick hello, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle did not interact much with their royal counterparts.