What Was the Most Painful Thing That Meghan Markle Had to Watch Happen to Prince Harry?

There have been a lot of changes in Prince Harry’s life since he married Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. When he stepped down from his job as a working senior royal, his whole life was upended. He was effectively stepping away from life as he had known it. But there was one thing that he had to leave behind that was particularly hard for his wife to see.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex
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Prince Harry was used to the public scrutiny that came along with royal life. But since he got with Meghan, everything intensified. The media persecuted them for absolutely everything that they did. Eventually, Harry had to make a decision for his family and step back from royal life.

“The decision that I have made for my wife and I to step back is not one I made lightly,” he said at the dinner for Sentebale in London. “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. What I want to make clear is, we’re not walking away, and we certainly aren’t walking away from you.”

What changed when Prince Harry stepped down?

As with quitting any job, there were a number of things that changed when Harry and Meghan left.

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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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“As agreed in this new arrangement, they understand that they are required to step back from royal duties, including official military appointments,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement. “They will no longer receive public funds for royal duties.”

“With The Queen’s blessing, the Sussexes will continue to maintain their private patronages and associations. While they can no longer formally represent The Queen, the Sussexes have made clear that everything they do will continue to uphold the values of Her Majesty. The Sussexes will not use their HRH titles as they are no longer working members of the Royal Family.”

What was the hardest thing for Meghan to watch?

Harry was very active in the military. He held the titles of Captain General of the Royal Marines, Honorary Commodore-in-Chief of the Royal Navy’s Small Ships and Diving Operations, and Honorary Air Force Commandant of the Royal Air Force Base Honington. He served in the army for a decade so, leaving his military appointments was devastating.

“That’s been a tough pill to swallow, and one that has been the most painful for Meghan to witness him go through,” a source close to the royals said in royal reporters Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand’s new book Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of the Modern Royal Family. “It’s the one that made Harry emotional.”

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And for Meghan, it was hard watching her husband lose something he had devoted so much time to.

“It was so unnecessary,” Meghan allegedly told someone close to her of Harry having his military titles taken away. “And it’s not just taking something away from him; it’s also the entire military veteran community. You can see how much he means to them, too. So why? The powers [of the institution] are unfortunately greater than me.”