What Will Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Do Next? Their Royal Future Is Uncertain

It really seems like we’re at a crossroads for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. While no one knows exactly what they’ll do in the coming weeks and months, one thing is for sure — things have got to change, and fast.

It’s been quite a journey to get to this point. While plenty of critics blame Meghan Markle for all the animosity, royal experts insist that Prince Harry despised the media long before his wife came along. They’ve even unearthed photos of the Duke of Sussex as a child, looking miserable having his photo taken.

The past is done and the future is very much uncertain. Now there’s just one question: What will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle do now?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
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The Africa documentary marks a turning point for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

While it’s been no secret that Prince Harry was unhappy with how things were going in the media, the ITV documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey is getting a lot of attention right now. In in, Meghan Markle spoke candidly about the pressures of new motherhood coupled with the negative attention she was receiving from the press and public.

The Duchess of Sussex was clearly suffering. But when pressed if she planned and continuing on her current path, Meghan Markle made it sound like she was thinking about doing something different. “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 concluded.

Is there any way for this couple to thrive and feel happy as part of the royal family? Some royal fans say no way.

Would Prince Harry and Meghan Markle really leave the royal family?

Though they wouldn’t be the first in history to do it, leaving the royal family would mark a huge change for this couple. For one, it could cause a huge rift in their family and force Prince Harry’s loved ones to choose sides. Second, the financial impact would be significant. Instead of receiving a royal allowance, these two would have to forge a path of their own.

But even will all these complications, the benefits might very well be worth the risk. Especially if it helps save their sanity. After becoming a father, Prince Harry said, “My mum clearly taught me a certain set of values of which I will always try and uphold despite the role and the job that sometimes that entails if you know what I mean.”

“But I think, I will always protect my family and now I have a family to protect…And if anybody else knew what I knew, be it a father, be it a husband, be it anyone, you’d probably be doing exactly what I’m doing as well.”

They’ll make the decision privately

Even Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s biggest fans can’t predict what they’ll do next. There’s a good possibility the Duke and Duchess of Sussex haven’t made any life-changing decisions just yet anyway. But the pending lawsuit against two British tabloids plus an outpouring of public support could be the key to protecting these royals from more criticism.

It’ll be a long road ahead, no matter what Prince Harry and Meghan Markle choose to do.