Queen Elizabeth Should Actually Be Relieved That Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Have Left the Family

Queen Elizabeth had her hands full in 2019. The royal family was rocked with several scandals, from Prince Andrew’s friendship with Jeffrey Epstein to Prince William’s rumored affair with Rose Hanbury to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s troubled relationship with the public. Now, Harry and Meghan have announced that they will ditch their royal titles and cut ties entirely from their royal representation — and the queen should be pretty relieved.

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, and Queen Elizabeth
Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, and Queen Elizabeth | John Stillwell/WPA Pool/Getty Images

2019 gave the queen some major challenges in her old age

Queen Elizabeth turned 93 in 2019, and the year didn’t come without its challenges. Prince William was involved in a cheating scandal with family friend Rose Hanbury. And though the rumors were never clarified — and hopefully weren’t true — it still shook the family.

Prince Andrew’s friendship with Jeffrey Epstein also came with much scrutiny. He has since been asked to step back from his royal duties in the wake of sexual assault allegations, which wasn’t easy for Queen Elizabeth to deal with either.

Harry and Meghan were another problem she was constantly forced to address

Perhaps the most ongoing problem within the family was with the queen’s grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. Harry and Meghan were constantly portrayed negatively in the media, and it was obvious that it was slowly becoming too much for them to handle. The queen had addressed the negative media surrounding Meghan when the two were only still dating, and it has been an uphill battle ever since.

The media labeled Meghan as a social climber and suggested she was trying to rip Harry away from his family — and the public was totally buying into it. Meghan and Harry’s Instagram was constantly filled with negative comments until, finally, they cracked.

Harry and Meghan’s departure is one less thing Queen Elizabeth has to worry about

Harry and Meghan took a six-week break from royal life, where they visited Vancouver, Canada and got a taste of what life was like without the royal chaos. And upon their return to the spotlight, their decision had been made: They would leave the family. Though it was seemingly a shock to everyone, the queen should actually be relieved by their departure.

Harry and Meghan were drowning in negative press, and it was becoming a constant problem for the queen. The negativity was causing additional rumors among family members, such as Prince William’s alleged bullying (which has been struck down by the brothers) and Meghan’s alleged feud with Kate. Their departure means the queen will no longer have to deal with the constant bad press.

It’s unclear if Harry will remain close with his family

Of course, Harry wishes to remain close to his family, despite the rift with William that he briefly discussed in the Sussex documentary. However, living halfway around the world means Harry won’t see his family often, and it seems almost inevitable that he will not remain close with the royals. Time will tell how the whole exit plays out, but it seems like a big risk for the two to be putting all their eggs in one basket with each other. However, the queen is probably giving a sigh of relief right about now.