Royal Expert Says Prince Harry’s Friends Believe He’d ‘Still Be In the U.K.’ If It Wasn’t For Meghan Markle

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have officially announced their departure from the royal family, though they are technically still working royals until the end of March. The two have settled in nicely to their new home in Canada, though there have been rumors that they’ll be moving to North America soon.

Though Harry seems to be enjoying his more peaceful life, one royal expert claims Harry’s friends are certain he would have never left the country if not for Meghan Markle.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Andrew Milligan/WPA Pool/Getty Images

Harry and Meghan have endured a lot of backlash since they wed

When Harry and Meghan started dating in 2016, there was instant negativity. Meghan was, for some reason, constantly compared to Kate Middleton, and the public started to choose sides between the women. Many of them chose Kate. The press then had a field day with Meghan’s life, creating plenty of drama between her and the rest of the family.

Eventually, Meghan and Harry had had enough of the British media. The two ultimately decided that in order for them and their son, Archie, to live a better life, they needed to separate themselves from the family altogether.

The two seem to be living more peacefully in Canada

Harry and Meghan have been living in Canada since mid-January, and they seem to be enjoying their lives together so far. The two haven’t been photographed much by the press, but Meghan was spotted taking a walk with Archie and her dogs.

Around Valentine’s Day, the two were seen arriving back in Canada after reportedly spending some time in California, and they appeared relaxed and refreshed. The two have previously said that they weren’t adapting well to royal life as a married couple, and they seem better off without being attached to the family.

One royal expert says Harry’s friends don’t think he would have left on his own

Though Harry seems fine with the decision to move, one royal expert claims his own friends think he would have never left on his own. According to Express, Lizzie Cundy, a royal expert, said Harry’s friends don’t think he would have ever left if it hadn’t been for Meghan.

“I do believe if Harry hadn’t met Meghan he would still be here, he would still be in the UK and I think he would want to be here,” Cundy said. “I know from his friends the change in Harry since meeting Meghan.” Cundy did say, too, that Harry’s friends know he cares deeply for Meghan and loves her and Archie.

Meghan might have been exactly who he was looking for

Though Harry might not have left on his own, it doesn’t mean he would not have wanted to leave. Harry has always struggled in the spotlight; he acted out as a teenager because of the pressure that came with royal life. Meghan might have been exactly who Harry needed to give him the confidence to step away from his family.

Just because Meghan was the reason for Harry’s departure doesn’t mean she ruined his life; she may have actually improved it. The two seem genuinely happier starting a new chapter in North America.