Will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Marriage Suffer After Their Royal Exit?

A major life change, like a big move, can be stressful for any family, but will Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex face a strain to their marriage after their big exit from the royal family? One royal expert cautions that Prince Harry and Meghan’s relationship could suffer from their move to Canada.

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Prince Harry and Meghan announced their exit and the queen approved

In January 2020, following an extended break from their royal duties, Prince Harry and Meghan returned and issued a statement that announced their intentions to take a “step back” from their duties.

Queen Elizabeth called a special meeting with Prince Harry, Prince William, and Prince Charles to determine how they would move forward and eventually issued a statement that offered her support.

In part, the queen shared: “Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working Members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family.”

The queen’s approval came with stipulations for Prince Harry and Meghan to make this move, including giving up their HRH titles and any public funding they had been receiving.

Prince Harry said they had ‘no other option’

Prince Harry explained why he and Meghan had to make this drastic decision in an emotional speech he delivered during a dinner for supporters of Sentebale in London in January.

“The decision that I have made for my wife and I to step back is not one I made lightly. It was so many months of talks after so many years of challenges. And I know I haven’t always gotten it right, but as far as this goes, there really was no other option,” he shared, in part.

Will their marriage suffer?

Given the huge step, many have wondered if Prince Harry and Meghan’s relationship will suffer or thrive after they’ve settled into their new life out of the spotlight. Many believe this will provide them with peace as they escape the constant media and public scrutiny and make their relationship stronger as a result of leaving that stressful life behind.

British columnist Camilla Long gave her thoughts on the matter in The Sunday Times, noting: “Meghan’s snubbed the Queen and country, and now she’s off with her prince. Charming!”

“Even if you don’t like the royal family, there is something truly horrifying about watching them being turned over by someone they met only four seconds ago,” Long wrote. “They told their readers they had come to this decision ‘over the last few years’. Whereupon I thought, ‘over the last few years’? But Meghan’s only been here three seconds.”

Long further shared that this decision by the Sussexes could spell disaster for their relationship. “But the main thing I felt, as the palace fired back that the Queen was ‘disappointed’, as a sense of sad foreboding: we aren’t watching the end of the royal family, or the end of Britain… but yet another series of awful stresses and strains that could now spell the beginning of the end of the marriage,” she wrote.

Long continued: “Even if you aren’t a damaged and delicate person like Harry, few people would be able to cope with the sudden estrangement of their entire family and transfer to the alien landscape of what Meghan describes as ‘Canada’ and I call ‘Los Angeles.’”