The 1 Thing That Would Have Stopped Prince Harry and Meghan Markle From Stepping Down, According to a New Biography

Following months of speculation, Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex announced in January that they were going to step back as senior members of the royal family. The duke said in a speech that their life in the limelight had led to challenges that made it impossible to continue the way things were. But a new biography on the couple says it would have never come to that had one thing changed.

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex at an event
Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex at an event in October 2018 | Karwai Tang/WireImage

The biography on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle dives into their decision to step back

Titled Finding Freedom by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, the book explores the lead-up to and aftermath of their decision to leave royal life.

In excerpts obtained by The Times, the authors write that Prince Harry and Meghan felt “so few inside the palace were looking out for their interests.” It specifically talks about their attempts to jumpstart projects they deemed important and how other members of the royal family were allegedly prioritized over them.

“Increasingly Harry had grown frustrated that he and Meghan often took a back seat to other family members,” the book claims. “While they both respected the hierarchy of the institution, it was difficult when they wanted to focus on a project and were told that a more senior ranking family member, be it Prince William or Prince Charles, had an initiative or tour being announced at the same time – so they would just have to wait.”

It goes on to say that over time, the couple started to feel they were being held back, which was especially frustrating given that they were more popular than royals such as Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Making matters worse, a lot of their complaints leaked to the public, which not only subjected them to backlash but made the Sussexes feel like they had no one to trust.

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Prince Harry, however, continued to try to air his frustrations, but they still didn’t go anywhere. By the end of 2019, “Harry felt as though he and Meghan had long been sidelined by the institution and were not a fundamental part of its future,” according to the authors.

“He feels that there were so many occasions when the institution and his family could have helped them, stood up for them, backed them up, and never did,” a source told the writers.

The 1 thing that would have stopped Prince Harry and Meghan Markle from stepping back

The authors suggested that Prince Harry and Meghan never would have stepped down had they been treated differently behind palace doors and heard out.

The Sussexes “felt that they had been patronized by other family and staff members for too long,” according to the authors. “People had humored them when they brought up grievances, never thinking the couple would actually do anything drastic.”

As far as their stunning announcement to step back, the authors say, “The explosive reaction was a direct result of their growing impatience. If other members of the family and those working with the households had taken their requests more seriously, it wouldn’t have reached that point.”

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex | Samir Hussein/WireImage

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As of writing, none of the royals have directed commented on the book and it doesn’t appear that they were directly involved with it. A representative for the Sussexes told The BBC: This book is based on the authors’ own experiences as members of the royal press corps and their own independent reporting.” Their book is slated for an Aug. 11 release.

Life for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle now

After finishing up their royal duties, the couple moved to Canada for a few weeks in March before relocating to Meghan’s native Los Angeles.

They have done some volunteer work and speaking engagements since leaving the United Kingdom, but for the most part, it appears that they’re spending lots of time at the $18 million mansion they’re renting due to the coronavirus quarantine. Read more about that here.

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