Is ‘Megxit’ What Princess Diana Always Wanted for Prince Harry?

Ever since Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex announced their decision to step away from the British royal family, opinions, think pieces, and discussions have bubbled up concerning their very personal choice. While some people have expressed frustration with Megxit, others seem to understand where the Sussexes are coming from.

Publically, the British royal family has accepted the Sussexes’ choice, with Queen Elizabeth II issuing a statement of support and Prince Charles’reportedly helping the couple financially until they are able to launch their profitable projects. Rumors are swirling that amid Megxit and the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Harry has been able to make amends with his older brother Prince William.

Still, the one thing that has remained on people’s minds is Princess Diana. What would Harry’s late mother, who had her own struggles in the royal spotlight, think of all of this?

Diana Princess Of Wales, Prince William & Prince Harry Visit The 'Thorpe Park' Amusement Park
Diana Princess Of Wales, Prince William & Prince Harry Visit The ‘Thorpe Park’ Amusement Park | Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images

Princess Diana was adamant about Prince William and Prince Harry having some normalcy in their lives

Following her separation and leading to her divorce from Prince Charles in the early to mid-’90s, Princess Diana began shining a light on many of her experiences as a royal. She spoke openly about the harassment that she endured at the hands of the press.

The princess was also steadfast about making sure that her sons had some semblance of normalcy despite their status. The princes were the first royals to attend public school at their mother’s insistence. She also took them on family vacations, on volunteer trips, to amusement parks, and fast-food restaurants.

“I’ve taken the children to all sorts of areas where I’m not sure anyone of that age in this family has been before,” she told BBC in 1995. “And they have a knowledge – they may never use it, but the seed is there, and I hope it will grow because knowledge is power.”

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor at a meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation during their royal tour of South Africa on September 25, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa.
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor at a meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation during their royal tour of South Africa on September 25, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. | Toby Melville – Pool/Getty Images

Prince Harry wants Archie to have a normal life

Having lived his life in the spotlight, Prince Harry was adamant about his son, Archie Harrison not having to endure the same kinds of pressure. When the baby was born on March 6, 2019, the Sussexes made the decision not to give him a royal title.

Now that they have left the royal fold and moved to LA, Archie will certainly experience a much quieter life than his royal cousins, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. In fact, even before Megxit, Meghan and Harry rarely showcased their son in public.

“Sometimes the right decision isn’t always the easy one,” Harry said during a leaked phone call. “And this decision certainly wasn’t the easy one but it was the right decision for our family, the right decision to be able to protect my son.”

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This afternoon, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on Commonwealth Day, alongside Her Majesty The Queen and Members of The Royal Family. The Commonwealth is a global network of 54 countries, working in collaboration towards shared economic, environmental, social and democratic goals, and the Service today seeks to highlight the vast community which spans every geographical region, religion and culture, embracing diversity amongst its population of 2.4 billion people, of which 60 percent are under 30 years old. As President and Vice-President of the @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been passionate advocates of the Commonwealth having spent many years working closely with the next generation of Commonwealth leaders. The theme of the Commonwealth for 2020 is ‘Delivering A Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming', placing emphasis on youth, the environment, trade, governance, and ICT (Information and Communications Technology) and innovation. From working to protect the earth's natural resources and preserving the planet for generations to come, to championing fair trade and empowering the youth of today to transform the communities of tomorrow, the Service celebrates the Commonwealth's continued commitment to delivering a peaceful, prosperous and more sustainable future for all. Photo © PA

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Princess Diana would have supported Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision

Though the princess is no longer with us, considering the new life she tried to carve out for herself following her separation from Prince Charles suggests Princess Diana would have supported Megxit.

“Over the next few months, I will be seeking a more suitable way of combining a meaningful public role with, hopefully, a more private life,” she said in 1993 at a benefit lunch for the Headway National Injuries Association. The princess also ditched her security in the year following her divorce in an effort to remain under the radar.

No matter what, like any loving mother, we can assume that ultimately, Princess Diana would have wanted Prince Harry to be happy.