Pulling back from their royal roles was obviously a lot “harder” than Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at any point envisioned.
The royal couple initially declared their decision to move away from their roles in January of 2020.
“The hardest part for them was taking those initial steps away from their royal roles,” royal author Omid Scobie told People magazine in an interview published Thursday.
“That was harder than they would ever imagined.”
Scobie, close by royal columnist Carolyn Durand, expressed “Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family.” The biography focuses on the married lives of Prince Harry and Markle. The book was composed with Markle’s contribution of a third-party source.
The couple’s “one foot in, one foot out approach” was rejected by Queen Elizabeth II, as per the royal expert.
“They knew that they had to change things, but what they had actually planned wasn’t actually what was best,” the royal expert said.
“They tried to find a way to compromise,” Scobie added. “But would that have enabled them to have that level of happiness and security that they have today? Probably not. Those ties to the institution [of the monarchy] would have still been strong and there would have constantly been issues about financial endeavors and the business decisions they made.”
Delegates for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle didn’t react to Fox News’ prompt request for comment.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s takeoffs from royal duties started in 2020 over what they portrayed as the British media’s interruptions and racist attitudes towards the former “Suits” star, 40. The family presently resides in the coastal city of Montecito, Calif.
In the wake of stopping royal duties, they gave an explosive TV interview to Oprah Winfrey in March, in which the couple portrayed painful comments about how dark Archie’s skin may be before his birth. The duchess discussed the extreme isolation she felt inside the royal family that led her to contemplate suicide.
Buckingham Palace said the claims of prejudice made by the couple were “concerning” and would be addressed privately.