Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Left the Royal Family to Have More Control, Source Claims

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are still adjusting to their new life as former senior royals. The two have settled down in Los Angeles, but it will be a while before they truly get used to not having to report to the royal family.

There are several reasons why Harry and Meghan decided to officially step back, but according to one source, the two wanted more control.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in 2017
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in 2017 | Karwai Tang/WireImage

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle didn’t have an easy marriage in the spotlight

When Harry and Meghan wed, they had hoped everything would be blissful. The two soon realized, though, that this wasn’t going to be the case. Meghan had been hounded by the press since they started dating, and their hopes of finding peace after they officially married were quickly wiped away.

There were rumors of a feud between Meghan and Kate, including stories about Meghan making Kate cry and being rude to her staff. The tabloids shed Meghan in a negative light, and the public turned on her.

Harry and Meghan at their wedding
Harry and Meghan’s post-wedding bliss wasn’t very blissful. | Ben Stansall/WPA Pool/Getty Images

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They left the royal family for several reasons

Harry and Meghan worked hard for a while; they attended countless royal engagements, spent two weeks in southern Africa, and put on happy faces as best they could. But, over time, with nothing improving, it started to take a toll on their happiness.

In January 2020, after returning from a six-week hiatus in North America, Harry and Meghan announced their royal departure. The press had become relentless, and it was taking away from the couple’s happiness. Plus, they wanted to raise their son, Archie, as a private citizen — something that would have been impossible in the royal spotlight. The two wanted more peace, and they knew the only way they could get it was by leaving.  

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One source revealed they wanted more control

On top of their initial reasons for departure, one source close to the couple says it was about control, too. Harry and Meghan weren’t free to do what they wanted while in the grips of The Firm; Harry had always longed to be something more, but it wasn’t possible as long as he was the working son of the future king.

The source told Entertainment Tonight that Harry and Meghan “feel they will have a bit more control” over how they use their names now that they’ve stepped down. The couple recently launched their new charity, Archewell, which is their first step in creating a brand entirely separate from Harry’s royal roots.

Prince William is reportedly concerned about his brother

Harry and William are in a different place than they were when the royal departure was first announced. Rumor has it the two are back on speaking terms, and William is reportedly “concerned” about Harry’s safety in the United States. Harry and Meghan are no longer protected under the blanket of royal security, and they had to hire a private security firm to guard them. But a new security team might not understand what it means to protect one of the world’s most famous couples. Still, Harry and Meghan seem to be doing their best to find peace on the other side of the pond.