Royal Family: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Have a New Life, But Will Never Completely Leave the Spotlight

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Prince Harry and Meghan Duchess of Sussex have made plenty of headlines in recent months after their unprecedented break from the British royal family. While the couple strives to live their own lives, it’s hard to imagine them completely abandoning the spotlight created by their presence in this most famous of families. 

Harry and Meghan may have their own life now, but that life is very much still going to unfold in the public eye. Here’s the story of how they broke from the royal family and what they plan to do now. 

Harry and Meghan broke what was a tenuous connection to the Royal Family

Harry and Meghan made a rather shocking decision to split from their duties as royal family members. They made an even more surprising decision when they granted a tell-all interview to Oprah Winfrey to discuss their friction with the rest of the family, creating a spicy situation. 

According to CNN, the couple had plenty of shocking reveals in the interview, including: 

  • Meghan said she had contemplated suicide. 
  • The pair stated they’d received comments from the royal family about their son Archie’s skin color before he was born. 
  • They left due to what they called “a lack of support and lack of understanding” from the rest of the family, though they did not specify which family members were to blame for this. 
  • Both felt “trapped” in the family.

The interview sent shockwaves throughout the world, announcing a severe rift in the couple’s relationship with the royals. 

Harry and Meghan have a new life but will never completely leave the spotlight

Now the couple lives in LA. According to US Magazine, “They did the move to LA to be closer to the dealmakers and are setting up calls and virtual meetings with agents, [and] studio heads.” During the pandemic, the couple continued to make patronage calls with the charities they support and staying involved with causes closest to them. They were also reported to be living in Tyler Perry’s mansion. 

What do all these details mean? They mean that even if the pair don’t want to be considered part of the royal family anymore, that doesn’t mean they won’t attract plenty of attention. They’re staying involved in their favorite charitable endeavors and lending a public face to the causes they believe in. If reports are to be believed, they’re looking to be active in media, whether it’s TV, movies, or podcasting.  

Harry and Meghan’s current relationship with the Royal Family

While their relationship with the royal family is strained, a Vanity Fair report stated that the couple is trying to maintain a good relationship with them. When Meghan became pregnant with their second child, daughter Lilibet, a spokesman said that Harry called the Queen to tell her and share the name they planned to give her: 

“The Duke spoke with his family in advance of the announcement, in fact his grandmother was the first family member he called. During that conversation, he shared their hope of naming their daughter Lilibet in her honor. Had she not been supportive, they would not have used the name.”

The relationship between Harry, Meghan, and many of the family may be icy at the moment, but it appears that they still have a connection to the Queen. Small gestures like that can mean there’s at least some hope for reconciliation. However it plays out, you can be sure the spotlight will be firmly focused on all parties when it does. 

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