Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Face This Heartbreaking Obstacle in Their Marriage

While Prince Harry and Meghan Markle appear to have the picture-perfect relationship, there is one obstacle the couple could face in their marriage that might make things challenging. One royal expert believes the past trauma they’ve experienced could be a strain on their marriage.

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Will Prince Harry and Markle’s marriage face a rough patch?

Marriage is hard work but the Sussexes have a strong relationship. Their past experiences of having parents who divorced, according to royal expert Angela Mollard, could mean that they haven’t had a successful relationship to model theirs after.

During the podcast Royals, from New Idea magazine, Mollard explained: “I think they have to have a marriage that is stronger than most, and I think that’s going to be very, very hard. The reason I think it’s going to be hard is that neither of them have had a model of a successful relationship.”

She added: “I don’t like the phrase ‘broken family,’ but they haven’t seen people solve their problems. That’s not their model of a mum and dad, solving issues.”

Prince Charles and Princess Diana divorced in 1996, while Markle’s parents divorced in 1988 when she was six years old.

Mollard shared: “I’m not saying that that’s going to mean that their marriage won’t work out. I just think that they will have to work really hard, with a lot of pressures that most people don’t endure, to make sure that they focus on their relationship staying really strong.”

Mollard noted that Prince Harry has had counseling, adding, “I hope they have the support around them to guide them through the next stage.”

She continued: “If Harry does have any sense, he will rely on William and that relationship will be repaired going forward. He does have tremendous wisdom as a brother, so fingers crossed.”

Prince Harry and Markle are facing a “hard time” in their marriage

According to Mollard, couples often face more challenging times three years into their relationship, which is where the Sussexes are, having dated in 2016 and gotten married in 2018.

Mollard noted, “I’ve been thinking about this a lot, because three years is generally understood by relationship psychologists and counselors to be the point where you move out of the limerence phase.”

She explained: “Limerence is deeper than infatuation, but it’s the beginning of a relationship where it’s all butterflies and you laugh together all the time and you’re very amenable.” Many couples find that things start to get tricky when that phase is over, as Mollard explained: “Three years is around the stage where reality starts to kick in.”

They expanded their family quickly

Further, the couple has also added a baby to their family, with Mollard sharing: “Their relationship has moved very quickly by necessity — if she wanted to have a baby they had to move quickly. It’s that transition phase, to real life, with a baby, with the pressure of your jobs. There are a lot of conflicting forces within their lives.”

Add to that timeline the fact that they’re royals who are constantly under pubic scrutiny, and the pressure intensifies. The royal expert noted: “The reason I think it’s the make-or-break time, as I say, they’re at the three-year point in their relationship, they’ve had a new baby which is a pressure in itself, and they’re in this invidious position where they are Royal, but not-Royal, having ordinary lives. I’m hopeful, but I don’t think it’s going to be easy. It’s hard enough for ordinary people.”