Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Relationship With the Royal Family is ‘All-Out War,’ Says 1 Royal Expert

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wanted out of the royal family almost as quickly as Meghan joined it. Within less than two years of being married, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced their royal departure. They moved to the United States in March 2020.

Now, with Harry and Meghan’s groundbreaking Oprah Winfrey interview, one royal expert referred to the couple’s relationship with the royal family as “all-out war.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Samir Hussein/WireImage

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal exit made waves

Harry and Meghan’s relationship moved quickly. The two began dating in 2016, and within two years, they married. About one year later, the couple welcomed their first child. But Meghan’s life in the royal family was shaping up to be much harder than she’d imagined. The duchess was constantly at the forefront of the tabloids, with nonstop stories painting her in a negative light.

Meghan and Harry did an interview in September 2019, where Meghan revealed that she’d been struggling since marrying into the royal family. However, it didn’t do much to help her reputation. By January 2020, the couple announced that they were making changes to step back from their roles as senior royals.

Harry and Meghan’s royal exit was met with plenty of backlash from the British public. People accused Meghan of tearing the family apart, and the hate still hasn’t stopped.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in October 2018, shortly after announcing Meghan's first pregnancy.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in October 2018 | STR/AFP/Getty Images

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Harry and Meghan are in ‘all-out war’ with the royal family, says one expert

Harry and Meghan have been known to make shocking announcements. But the two made even more waves when they announced in late February that would be airing a tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey on March 7. The two had remained relatively quiet since leaving the family, but the teasers from the interview suggest the couple is planning to unleash some major information about their lives as royals — at the expense of the royal family.

In a teaser, Oprah asks Meghan how she thinks the royal family will react about her speaking out. And Meghan’s reply is cold. “I don’t know how they could expect that after all of this time, we would still just be silent if there is an active role that “The Firm” is playing in perpetuating falsehoods about us.”

According to CBS, Roya Nikkhah, a royal correspondent for Sunday Times, revealed that Meghan and Harry’s relationship with the other royals isn’t looking good. “You could probably only describe that relationship now between the two sides as all-out war,” Nikkhah said.

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Prince William, and Kate Middleton on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in 2018
Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Prince William, and Kate Middleton on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in 2018 | Anwar Hussein/WireImage

Meghan Markle was at the center of bullying allegations just before the interview aired

In the first week of March, accusations came to light that Meghan had bullied multiple members into quitting. The staffers, who remain unnamed, accused the duchess of using “emotional cruelty and manipulation” throughout their employment with her.

It’s no secret that several staff members did quit throughout Harry and Meghan’s time in the royal family. Still, it’s unclear if the accusations are true. Buckingham Palace released a statement saying they’re looking into the allegations, and Meghan released a statement saying she was “saddened” by them.