Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex, Harry’s wife Meghan, have recently stepped down from their royal positions and roles, leaving the world wondering why they did this, what will happen to the royal family, and what their new lives will look like.
Harry and Meghan announced that they wished to become financially independent and that they would be splitting their time between the United Kingdom and Canada. They have also stopped receiving public funds for royal duties.
The Queen and other members of the Royal Family have been fairly supportive of Harry and Meghan’s decision. However, it was announced that Harry and Meghan will still maintain some of their private associations and royal power, with the Queen’s blessing. With their new life, Harry and Meghan plan to start a charity organization. Although it is not official yet, it is suspected that this charity will have something to do with female empowerment.
Why they decided to leave is very complicated. They said that they have been thinking about it for months. Meghan wasn’t prepared for how hard living in the spotlight and being part of the Royal Family would truly be, especially with the harsh criticism of her by the media. There have also been reports of Prince Harry’s mental health deteriorating regarding the constant pressure and media exposure. There were also many parts of the job that Harry and Meghan didn’t like and Harry said he didn’t want Meghan to suffer like his mom, Princess Diana did. Harry also said, “… there really was no other option”, which makes the situation seem more serious.
The couple is looking for a more private life with their son, a life without constant scrutiny by the media and extreme pressure. However, the Royal Family has supposedly put a plan in place if Harry and Meghan decide to return to their royal positions. The Royal Family is worried that the criticism and negative media attention will be even worse now that they have left the Royal Family, and this is the main reason why they believe they will end up coming back.