Royal Expert Claims Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s ‘Rogue’ Exit Will Leave Them ‘Lonely and Isolated’

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex are set to leave their royal duties but will the grass be greener on the other side? After the details of their exit were finalized Prince Harry shared how he and Meghan felt like the decision was their only option. One expert believes the Sussexes may find themselves isolated and lonely after they leave, however.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend The Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House on March 05, 2020
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Samir Hussein/WireImage

Prince Harry and Meghan announced their exit

After an extended break from their royal duties, the Sussexes returned from the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays with a big piece of news. A January Instagram post announced their plans to take a step back from their royal duties.

Queen Elizabeth gave her blessing to their bombshell plan and confirmed the details of their exit. Following the finalization of their royal exit plan, Prince Harry spoke at a dinner where he gave an emotional speech about the reasons behind their decision.

“The decision that I have made for my wife and I to step back is not one I made lightly. It was so many months of talks after so many years of challenges. And I know I haven’t always gotten it right, but as far as this goes, there really was no other option,” Prince Harry said at a January dinner for supporters of Sentebale in London.

Will the Sussexes’ new life be ‘lonely’?

Time will tell how the move will work out for the couple, though their desire to leave the spotlight will be fulfilled and they’ll face far less scrutiny. One royal expert, however, thinks their “rogue” move could be “lonely” for the pair.

“I think they are going to be quite lonely. Isolated,” Angela Mollard said during an episode of the Royals podcast.

She continued, “And if you switch from royalty… royalty is your family, your club, who you belong to, that’s what you’ve always known. When you move to America, where basically your only way of meeting people is once Archie gets to school age through school parents or through celebrity contacts. And yet everything they do in a celebrity context is going to be hugely examined — there’s the discussion about Meghan going to the Met Gala and how improper that would be.”

Expert believes their messaging is ‘not going to serve them well’

Mollard went on to claim that the Sussexes are “basically sticking two fingers up to royal life but embracing fully celebrity life,” something she believes they’ll face scrutiny for if they go that route.

“That sort of falls between these two structures and institutions. With a little bit more care and attention and not so foot stomping — the statements, ‘the Queen says we can’t of this, so we’re going to put out a statement saying this.’ They really have gone rogue and all the messaging it’s not going to serve them well, ultimately.”

Despite her concerns, Mollard said she supports their decision, noting, “Totally applaud them for wanting a different life, they don’t have to sign up to Royals 101 and the slimmed-down monarchy Charles wants to introduce when he takes the throne.”