Megxit Has Made the U.K. Furious Because They Love Prince Harry the Most

It’s been clear since Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex announced Megxit that U.K. citizens are enraged by it. From the beginning, the Duchess of Sussex never received a warm welcome from the Brits and now that Prince Harry is leaving everything he’s ever known for his wife — her popularity has plummeted even further.

It’s clear that a large reason for the U.K.’s disdain of Markle is racism, whether they want to acknowledge it or not. Though the former actress did everything in her power to adapt to royal life, she was harassed, bullied and ridiculed at every turn.

Despite the fact that they are horrified that Prince Harry is leaving his royal duties behind, there is another reason the royal fans from the U.K. are furious with Megxit.

It was ultimately Prince Harry’s choice to step away from royal life

When the Sussexes pulled the plug on being working senior members of the royal family, many people pointed the finger at Markle. However, by Prince Harry’s own admission, it was his decision in the end.

“The decision that I have made for my wife and I to step back is not one I made lightly,” he said during a speech for his charity, Sentebale.“It was so many months of talks after so many years of challenges. And I know I haven’t always got it right, but as far as this goes, there really was no other option. You’ve looked out for me for so long, but the media is a powerful force, and my hope is one day our collective support for each other can be more powerful because this is so much bigger than just us.”

Prince Harry was supposed to be by Prince William’s side when he became king

With Prince William already preparing to become king in the coming years, U.K. citizens always imagined Prince Harry right by his brother’s side as his responsibilities increased.

“Courtiers imagined in the future that Harry would be shoulder-to-shoulder with William when he was King,” Prince Harry: Brother, Soldier, Son author Penny Junor told People. “He would pick up the bits that William wouldn’t be as good for. They would be complimentary and side-by-side throughout their lives. That was a lovely picture. Harry was the secret weapon, really.”

However, Prince Harry never took well to being the spare to the heir. “It’s not terribly good for your self-confidence,” Junor explained. “He was always compared to William: William was the good-looking one, the important one, the clever one. Harry was the also-ran. I think that did take a toll on him.”

Prince Harry is the most beloved member of the British royal family

Megxit stings so much because Prince Harry is so beloved. Many royal fans feel as if their prodigal son is abandoning them. “The love this country has for him has never stopped,” royal photographer Arthur Edwards explained to The Sun. “As far as the nation is concerned he is still their number one member of the Royal Family.”

We’ll eventually see how Megxit pans out.