Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal Exit Plans Started After 1 Major Fight Last Summer, Source Claims

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s groundbreaking royal exit announcement has set the stage for a new phase of life within the royal family. The couple revealed back in January that they would be stepping back from their roles as senior royals.

Despite the initial shock, nobody was too surprised — and the couple had reportedly started planning the exit after an argument that took place in summer 2019.  

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal exit made waves within the family

When Harry and Meghan started dating, the couple did their best to keep the relationship private. However, the two quickly learned that no such thing was possible. Instead, Meghan became the center of attention — and not in a good way. The press was constantly looking for reasons to tear down the duchess, even after she and Harry wed in 2018.

Meghan’s relationship with Kate Middleton was reportedly on bad terms for a while, which only added to the tension within the family. And any time Harry spoke out in defense of his wife, he was dragged down, too. Finally, after less than two years as a working royal couple, Harry and Meghan officially left their roles and moved to North America.

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The two reportedly started planning their departure after Harry argued with aides last summer

Though the couple’s official announcement came in January, they reportedly started planning their royal exit after a heated discussion about the press back in 2019. Royal biographer Omid Scobie told The Cut that Harry and Meghan’s treatment in the press caused Harry to request a “restructuring” of the press system. Harry hoped the change would make “him and Meghan more accessible to a wider, more diverse media landscape,” Scobie said.

The request was not well-received within the palace walls. “The answer was, ‘Well, if you want to do that, you can pay for your own engagements.’” Scobie said it was at that point that Harry and Meghan started to discuss the idea of a royal exit.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
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Meghan Markle recently revealed that she felt ‘unprotected’ by the royal family

Meghan and Harry’s ongoing lawsuits against British tabloids have led to revelations about what life was like for Meghan within the royal family. Recent court documents revealed that the duchess felt “unprotected” by the palace during her pregnancy with Archie.

The royal family has long held the belief of “never complain, never explain,” when it comes to rumors. And Meghan’s inability to defend herself only added more complexity to an already tense royal life.

The couple’s relationship with the other royals remains fragile

Today, Harry and Meghan are settling into their new home in Montecito, California, while they visualize the next chapter for the Sussex Family. Some suspect the two will have another baby, while others think they’re more focused on getting their new charity, Archewell, up and running.

Ultimately, the couple’s relationship with the rest of the family remains unknown. There have been rumors that Harry is leaning on Prince William now more than ever, and that Harry and Meghan remain close with Prince Charles and the queen. Still, in keeping with the family mantra, no family members have ever explained where relationships actually stand.