Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Warned the Royal Family About Megxit Several Times, Source Claims

Following their shocking exit from the British royal family and their move to Los Angeles, California, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry have been keeping a fairly low profile. Though the pair have been spotted volunteering amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and dialing in on Zoom calls for their respective charities, it appears the duo are using this downtime to spend quiet moments as a family.

Amid quarantine, the Sussexes have also reportedly reconnected with the British royal family. Things had seemingly been fraught between the pair and the royals for some time, especially between Prince Harry and Prince William. Harry even lightly addressed some of the issues he was having with his older brother, in an October 2019 ITV documentary, Harry and Meghan: An African Journey.

In fact, though reports initially suggested the Sussexes absolutely blindsided the royal family when they announced Megxit in January 2020, one source says the pair warned the royals several times.

Queen Elizabeth and the royal family knew that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were having a difficult time

From their relentless schedule to the adjustments that the duchess has to make as a new royal, fitting in with the traditions of the royal family was never going to be an easy task for the Sussexes.

The royal family was also very aware of the racially tinged attacks that Meghan was enduring on a regular basis. However, due to their stiff-upper-lip policy, they chose not to react. It’s something that Queen Elizabeth alluded to following the Sussexes’ bombshell Megxit announcement. “Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much-loved members of my family,” she said in a statement following Megxit. “I recognise the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life.”

In fact, though Meghan is a wholly modern royal, the queen witnessed something similar to this in her own life. “She has a particular sensitivity to what Harry has been going through because of her closeness to Margaret and seeing the same dramas and tensions played out two generations ago,” royal biographer Robert Lacey told People.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle did not feel protected by the British royal family

Unfortunately, the stiff upper lip policy was not something the duke and duchess could adhere to. “It’s not enough just to survive something, right? That’s not the point of life,” Meghan explained in the revealing documentary.” 

Though the Sussexes have no ill-will toward the royals, it’s clear that they felt the queen and Prince Charles, in particular, could have done more to help them.

“If the queen had once said, in her way, ‘Hey, guys, this is my grandson and his wife,” journalist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown told Vanity Fair. “They just got married. Back off and let them build a life for themselves,’ the hounds would have backed off. But she never did. And she still hasn’t. I find that unforgivable, actually, since she has the power. They absolutely worship her in this country.”

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry warned the British royal family about Megxit

Though the royal family tried to prevent the Sussexes from sounding the alarm with Megixt so abruptly, they certainly saw it coming. Daily Mail is reporting that Harry “constantly” approached the royals with his concerns. When his concerns fell on deaf ears, he and Meghan began to tell the royals they would have to do something drastic.

“Meghan said Harry made it crystal clear that they could not function in good faith under the current system…and that if it wasn’t revised and updated to their liking, they would have no other choice than to break from the royal family,” the insider explained to Daily Mail. “She said no one took his pleas seriously, so they had to take the issue into their own hands. This was about protecting the family and doing right by Princess Diana. She said the British tabloids have haunted Harry since childhood and should have been kicked out of the media pool long ago. The system is broken and Harry wanted to fix it. She said he needed to take a stand and now they are doing it together.”