However, their time with the family was short-lived as they decided to step down from the royal family in January. Since then, analysts and fans have been dissecting the reasons for their departure.
Still, the reason could be surprisingly simple – as a new book claims the couple felt marginalized and belittled by their royal colleagues.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have drastically left the royal family
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Meghan and Prince Harry first met in the summer of 2016. According to reports, the two felt an instant connection and began dating shortly after their first blind date.
By the end of 2016, the media had realized that Prince Harry was dating a Hollywood actress. Over the next few months, reports revealed the two started meeting each other’s families, indicating that this relationship was real.
In November 2017, Prince Harry and Meghan announced their engagement and in May 2018, they married in a spectacular fashion in a televised ceremony.
Soon after their marriage, negative relationships began to swirl. Many of these stories claimed that Meghan was unable to get along with the rest of the Royal Family, while others said Prince William and Prince Harry no longer saw each other in agreement.
By the end of 2019, cracks had started to visibly form, with Prince Harry admitting that he and his older brother were no longer on the same page. Yet when Meghan and Prince Harry announced in January this year that they were stepping down from the royal family, many were shocked.
Did Prince Harry and Meghan Markle feel like they weren’t taken seriously?
In their announcement, Prince Harry and Meghan said they wanted to pursue their own plans, separate from the royal family. Also, they revealed that they will be starting their own charity and making their own money. It was a definitive statement some considered abrasive, and a slap in the face to the royal family.
According to a new book, the break was long in coming. Sources for the book claim Prince Harry and Meghan felt they were being treated ‘unfairly’ by other members of the royal family and often felt they were not taken seriously. Additionally, the source says they didn’t feel their projects were receiving the same attention as other royal undertakings. All of these reasons, according to the book, led the couple to ultimately decide to step down for good.
What will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle do next?
Following their royal outing, Prince Harry and Meghan moved to California to be closer to Meghan’s mother, as well as lucrative business ventures in the region. While the COVID-19 pandemic may have slowed them down in their quest to be financially independent from the royal family, it is likely that they are fully engaged in planning their next move.
Many have speculated that Meghan will work on film projects while Prince Harry focuses on public speaking, raising awareness of the causes that matter to him and his wife. Only time will tell, as these two create their own path, deviating even further from their place in the royal circle.