The split between the Sussexes and the rest of the royals was a harsh one.
When they stepped down from their royal duties and made a shocking decision to leave Britain and settle in sunny California, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle believed it was for the best for their family and the privacy they allegedly longed for.
Following their separation from the Firm, many accused the couple of being hypocritical since they claimed they wanted to lead normal lives out of the spotlight but never stopped giving interviews in which they slammed the rest of the royals. They even released a Netflix documentary series and Harry published his best-selling all-tell memoir Spare.
Starting from their glamorous wedding which was broadcast and seen by more than 29.19 million viewers, to the birth of their son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor in 2019, the Sussex Royals’ every move has been closely followed by the media. That same media which “forced” them to leave the U.K. and move to the States.
Now when it comes to Megxit, royal experts believe both Harry and Meghan knew within days after wedding that the royal life wouldn’t work for them.
Their wedding was as glamorous as that of William and Kate, but yet, there were plenty of differences between the big days of the two couples.
One of the things that wasn’t the same was that Kate rode to her wedding with her father, while Meghan did it with her mother because her relationship with her father got extremely rocky prior to the wedding.
Another thing royal fans noticed was that Kate waved to the crowd in a more formal manner, while Meghan saluted the people in a more relaxed manner, with her fingers spaced out.
When it came to the attendees, the Prince and Princess of Wales were obliged to invite world leaders, Prime Ministers, and ambassadors, while Harry and Meghan’s list of guests included celebrities of any kind, including Meghan’s co-stars of Suits. Among the guests were actor George Clooney and his wife, Amal, but reports suggest that they didn’t know Harry or Meghan at all.
“There’s a story doing the rounds that while Carolyn Bartholomew, Diana’s former flatmate, was waiting for the wedding service to start, she turned to the couple alongside her and asked how they knew Harry or Meghan,” Johnson wrote in the online publication AirMail. “‘We don’t,’ the Clooneys answered brightly.”
Royal expert Andrew Morton – the author of Diana: Her True Story – also questioned the celebrity guest list.
“(She) populated the wedding with A-list Hollywood celebrities who … have proved their worth to her by speaking out in public about the criticisms of her,” Morton said.
“I don’t think she (had) even met Oprah Winfrey (before the wedding). I don’t know whether Harry had. But she invited these people along, and now she has her own court.”
“She’s a new player and she’s been quick out (of) the starting box. Unlike Prince Harry’s friends who keep quiet, Megan’s A-list celebrity friends, the court of Meghan, is a very voluble court and they’re very powerful.”
That something was off with Harry and Meghan and the rest of the royals was evident just days after the wedding, as per Jonny Dymond, royal correspondent for the BBC.
“I mean, within days, really …There were stories coming out about how Megan behaved towards staff,” he said in the BBC documentary The Prince and the Press.
Camilla Tominey – who first broke the story of Harry and Meghan’s relationship, added – “We were getting briefings that all was not well, with the relationship between William and Harry, Meghan, and Kate, and the relationship between Harry and Meghan and the royal household.”
According to Meghan, before the split with the Firm, she and Harry allegedly asked for a permission to move to another country in the Commonwealth, perhaps South Africa or Canada. However, the answer was a resounding no.
“Anything to just … because just by existing, we were upsetting the dynamic of the hierarchy. So we go, ‘Okay, fine, let’s get out of here. Happy to,’” Meghan recalled during a recent interview with The Cut.
Saying that other Royal Family members had gotten the green light for the same arrangement, she added, “That, for whatever reason, is not something that we were allowed to do, even though several other members of the family do that exact thing.”
Royal experts, among which Tom Quinn, say how Meghan was told by a senior royal aide that she “would never be in first division.”
Apparently, the whole feud started when Meghan and Harry started living at Kensington Palace, which was William and Kate’s home. Soon after, they moved into Nottingham Cottage, not far from Kate and William. According to Quinn, Meghan wasn’t happy that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were given a quite bigger home.
“It was being pointed out to them in no uncertain terms that they weren’t in the first division, because that place is held by William and Kate. Inevitably that led to friction,” Quinn claims. “In Meghan’s world, if you’re determined enough, you can get to the top. But Meghan can’t, she can’t get to the top whatever she does.”
Currently, Harry, Meghan, and their two children live in their $14 million Montecito home.
“We were looking in [Montecito], and this house kept popping up online in searches. We didn’t have jobs, so we just were not going to come and see this house. It wasn’t possible,” Meghan Markle said.
“It’s like when I was younger, and you’re window shopping — it’s like, ‘I don’t want to go and look at all the things that I can’t afford. That doesn’t feel good.’”
They eventually bought the place.
“One of the first things my husband saw when we walked around the house was those two palm trees,” Meghan explained.
“See how they’re connected at the bottom? He goes, ‘My love, it’s us.’ And now every day when Archie goes by us, he says, ‘Hi, Momma. Hi, Papa.’”
“‘We have to get this house,’” she recalled telling Harry. “We did everything we could to get this house.”
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