While so many royal fans claim they aren’t surprised that Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex are essentially quitting the royal family, others are still in shock. Everyone knew that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were quite unhappy with the current state of affairs. But stepping down from their roles as senior royals? That was a bold move that royal experts didn’t anticipate.
There have been plenty of clues along the way that this might happen. Chief among these was during Harry and Meghan’s royal wedding. Here’s the subtle clue that some royal followers are claiming may have predicted this outcome years ago.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle didn’t have a traditional royal wedding
It’s difficult to keep track of how many ways Harry and Meghan’s wedding broke royal protocol because there were so many instances. For starters, they chose a date in May despite it being bad luck to do so. The couple also held hands during the ceremony which was a break in the strict “no PDA” rule that most royals follow. They skipped the famed balcony kiss, they had a unique cake, they invited celebrities… the list goes on and on.
But perhaps the biggest element that made the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding unique was their intentional incorporation of multicultural elements. It was important for the couple to represent both their backgrounds during their nuptials. But now some are questioning if this exact detail was a foreshadowing of drama to come.
None of the royals appreciated the changes in their wedding ceremony
Royal weddings are steeped in tradition and rich symbolism that attendees expect to see. One thing they weren’t expecting was a gospel choir and a preacher sharing an extra-long sermon. While many royal followers scoff at the notion of racism, others claim that’s exactly the reason Meghan was ostracized from the royal family.
Chicago Tribune journalist Dahleen Glanton said, “The gospel choir singing ‘Stand By Me’ [at the wedding] and swaying to the beat of their soulful voices was too much for many of the hoity-toity aristocrats seated in the majestic cathedral. It was obvious that Markle was not one of them and never would be.”
The royal family seems hostile to change
Though they’re progressive in many ways, the royal family is still stuck in the past in others. Glanton went on to explain that during Harry and Meghan’s wedding, most guests looked uncomfortable or confused during the ceremony.
“At various points, Harry’s cousin Zara Tindall’s mouth hung open, Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice snickered, Prince William seemed as though he was trying not to laugh, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip were stone-faced and many of the other guests were simply stunned,” she wrote.
“Clearly, they couldn’t wait for it to be over.”
Harry and Meghan tried to change something that cannot be changed
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were oblivious to the disdain until they could no longer ignore it anymore. On their wedding day, they only had eyes for each other. And later they sought to focus on their work instead of paying attention to tabloids. Eventually, it all got to be too much.
It’s true that Harry and Meghan could have continued suffering in silence for the rest of their years. But instead, they chose to fight back against unfair tabloid coverage and institutions that refused to change. That’s why it’s not even slightly surprising that they’re leaving the royal family behind.