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On May 19, 2018, Meghan Markle’s life changed forever when she married British Prince Harry and became the Duchess of Sussex.
But the former American actress didn’t exactly have a fairy tale after saying “yes.”
After a ruthless review of the tabloids, public family drama and lingering rumors of royal tears, the 38-year-old woman and her 35-year-old husband stunned the world on January 8 this year when the couple announced that they ” stepped back ”as senior members. from “The Firm”.
Currently, the couple reside in Los Angeles native of the star of “Costumes” with their son Archie, 1.
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And as the couple celebrate their second wedding anniversary, experts believe one thing is certain: their new life in America is a positive decision for two members of the royal family who are not afraid to challenge tradition.
“At some point they will take root, but being in quarantine puts a brake on the plans they might have been ready to announce regarding their new non-profit organization, Archewell and others” [projects]”Royal historian and blogger Marlene Koenig told Fox News.
“Within the confines of the pandemic, they continued to stay in touch with their sponsors and do some volunteering in Los Angeles,” she said. “For Harry, this is a new world. Yes, they have security, but the outward signs of royal life have been left in the UK, so for Harry, now housed in a very nice house, will soon – once his forties are lifted – find a whole world in front of the front door. “
“They seem to be prospering, but I also suspect that they are irritated and want to embark on whatever projects they are considering,” added Koenig.
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Royal author Leslie Carroll, who detailed the couple’s wedding parade in her book “American Princess: The Love Story of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry,” told Fox News that she suspects their relationship is not will flourish only in America, a place far from the British tabloids that provides them with the freedom to pursue life on their terms.
“Harry and Meghan are a perfect match,” she said. “Both went to progressive private schools. The two were raised by warm, compassionate and loving mothers who deeply believed it was imperative to teach their children that some people may have less than you – but they are no less than you. Doria [Ragland] and [Princess] Diana took their children to kitchens and homeless shelters so their offspring could put a face on those who are hungry and needy – to understand that they were people, not numbers. Meghan and Harry both learned to give back before adolescence: generously, freely, openly. “
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When Markle got engaged to Harry, the TV star seemed to charm everyone she met. She and Harry visited Britain to worship the crowds and the press praised it as a welcome breath of fresh air. But soon after, Markle learned that life in the royal fish bowl was far from glamorous.
Markle’s strained relationship with his father, former Hollywood lighting director Thomas Markle, starred in the nation’s tabloids. She also faced allegations of alleged feuds with Harry’s sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton. Then there was Samantha Markle, her distant half-sister who openly criticized her. A royal feud between Harry and his older brother, Prince William, has become the subject of discussion in the city.
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Throughout the marriage, Markle was criticized for everything from eating avocados to her baby’s crib when she was pregnant with Archie. When the couple finally announced that they aspired to financial and perhaps personal independence, Queen Elizabeth II reluctantly agreed to let them become members of the royal family to avoid family separation.
“Everything they do, they do together,” said Carroll. “They always have their backs to each other, literally. Meghan has been called by the British press for having often put her hand on Harry’s back during royal walks during their first couple appearances. She knew he didn’t like these appearances. His gesture was reassuring. She was there for him … and yet she was vilified in the tabloids for being an attractive American, ignorant of royal protocol. [But] Meghan “takes” her man. She understands Harry’s trauma to the press and the paparazzi. “
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While America will give Markle and Harry a new start, Carroll has warned that the pair will face new challenges.
“Even though Harry has always enjoyed America as a visitor, it will be a challenge for him to live permanently in the States if it becomes the decision of the Sussexes,” she said. ” It is still early; so we’ll see how things end up happening. The challenges the couple will face will be the inevitable homesickness for Harry’s family in the UK, and the equally inevitable financial and tax problems. No couple whatsoever likes these discussions! But what Meghan and Harry seem to have for them is a healthy ability to communicate, which experts say is the most important thing for a healthy marriage. “
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However, Carroll believes that the couple will finally have “forever happiness” as they embark on a new life in the United States and pursue roles that truly fascinate them.
“In addition to or in addition to the obvious mutual physical attraction, they want the same things – to make the world a better place for humanity, especially women and children,” she said. “They want to be able to use their voices and the platform that places them in society, to amplify their message and broaden their visions … As a boy, Harry could not protect [his mother from the tabloids]. This time, the prince has vowed not to allow history to repeat itself … he has kept his word. “
The Associated Press contributed to this report.