Why 2020 Won’t Be a Better Year for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle married, the whole world seemed as smitten with the couple as they were with each other. It’s a fairy tale story when a member of the royal family marries a “commoner.” And it seems like an actress from America couldn’t be any more different from royalty. 

But it didn’t take long for the public to start picking at the beautiful couple, and what began as a fairy tale soon became a bitter story for them. What went wrong, and can they look forward to turning things around in 2020?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had a beautiful beginning to 2019

In many ways, 2019 seems like a wonderful year for Prince Harry and Markle.

In May, a year after their wedding, they welcomed their first baby, a beautiful son named Archie. They were both clearly besotted with their little boy, and it seemed as though things were perfect for the little family.

They had plenty of other triumphs in the year also. They went on a tour of Africa that meant a great deal to them. Not only were they able to highlight a number of charities that are dear to their hearts, but they also honored the memory of the late Princess Diana.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex also launched their own charitable foundation. There seemed to be plenty of positive events in their life.

The public opinion started to turn on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex

Meghan Markle attends a roundtable discussion on gender equality.
Meghan Markle |JEREMY SELWYN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Shortly after the birth of Archie, the couple moved out of Kensington Palace and into Frogmore Cottage. Soon rumors began to circulate that the reason for the move was that there was a falling out between Prince Harry and Prince William — perhaps over Prince William’s feelings that the couple rushed into marriage.

Whether it was a fair assessment or not, people blamed Duchess Meghan for the estrangement between the brothers. Soon the press was relentlessly criticizing the couple, especially Markle.

They claimed the Duchess of Sussex treated the staff rudely and pointed out every tiny detail they could find that seemed to show she was not royal enough. She was even mocked for how she held Baby Archie.

When a tabloid used shady tactics to get their hands on a letter she wrote to her estranged father, Prince Harry had enough. He sued the tabloid and wrote a blistering statement about the underhanded behavior of the tabloids. 

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry try to defend themselves

During an interview for a documentary about their Africa trip, Markle made an emotional statement about how hard it was to be a new mom and face lots of criticism. Although many people empathized with her, especially mothers, it didn’t do much to bolster her image as a dignified member of the royal family. 

The couple decided to take a break from all the drama and go to the U.S. for some respite. This has spawned a whole new crop of rumors that they are considering resigning from their royal duties and leaving England for good.

They haven’t made any statements responding to these rumors, but they do seem to be trying to protect their privacy a little more. They’ve recently changed their Instagram settings to prevent fans from tagging them in photos, so they don’t show up on their account. 

Royal watchers wonder if their new cautious attitude is too little, too late. With the scandals that have rocked the royal family recently, everyone will have to do extra work to keep their image burnished.

With the somewhat erratic behavior of Prince Harry and Markle, people wonder if they will be able to step up and do what the Queen asks of them. If Prince Harry and Markle aren’t able to learn from the past year and be a little more careful in 2020, things might not get any easier any time soon.