The Royal Family Hated Giving Up Control of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Expert Claims

Earlier this year, Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex made their exit from their royal duties and moved on to their next chapter, one that hopefully brought them some relief from the constant media attention. One expert believes the royal family likely hated giving up control of what Prince Harry and Meghan now say and do, however.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry after attending the christening of Prince Louis at the Chapel Royal, St James's Palace on July 09, 2018
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were overwhelmed by being in the spotlight

It was clear in the 2019 documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey that the couple was suffering from all of the negative media attention.

In an interview for the documentary, Meghan seemed exhausted from the negativity. “I’ve said for a long time to H — that’s what I call him — it’s not enough to just survive something. That’s not the point of life. You’ve got to thrive, you’ve got to feel happy,” she shared at the time.

The duchess continued, “I think I really tried to adopt this British sensibility of a stiff upper lip. I tried. I really tried. But I think what that does internally is probably really damaging.”

“The biggest thing that I know is that I never thought that this would be easy, but I thought it would be fair and that’s the part that’s really hard to reconcile,” she added.

The Sussexes exited the royal family

Following an announcement in January, in which Prince Harry and Meghan explained their plans to step back from their duties, Queen Elizabeth called a special meeting to finalize the details.

Prince Harry and Meghan had to give up their HRH titles and public funding to pursue a more peaceful life, with their last official day of duties set for March 31.

The queen issued a statement of support that noted, in part: “Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family. I recognise the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life.”

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The royal family is reportedly ‘nervous’ for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Though their royal days are behind them, one expert believes that the royal family is worried about Prince Harry and Meghan. The couple is no longer under the control of the monarchy, something that Tom Quinn, author of Kensington Palace: An Intimate Memoir from Queen Mary to Meghan Markle told Fox News concerns the royal family.

“With Harry in the states, there’s a risk that he could say or do something which will reflect badly on the royal family,” the author explained. “Going to the states is only the last leg in what looks like a desperate search for meaning. There’s a feeling in the royal family that they’re desperately searching for a role in life because they don’t have one.”

Quinn continued, “The royal family is nervous. You know, where will they go next? I’ve already heard that Harry’s not very happy in California, so they may go somewhere else.”